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Jerry L McBride

Head Librarian, Music Library
Head Librarian, Archive of Recorded Sound
Jerry McBride


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Braun Music Center

Jerry's role in the library

I am the Head of the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound and am responsible for the administration of the library, supervision of the library staff, the library budget, and setting library policies with the library staff regarding circulation, collection development, reference service, and cataloging. I find and acquire new library collections and work with other library departments to provide digital access to music library materials. I work with the library staff to continually improve the Archive and Music Library services for research, study, and teaching.

Topic Guides by Jerry

Guide Last Updated Subject tag
Music research essentials 2016-01-22 Music, Music history

Professional activities

President, Music Library Association (2011 - present)

Member, International Association of Music Libraries

Member, Association for Recorded Sound Collections 

Selected publications

Douglas Moore: A Bio-Bibliography. MLA Index and Bibliography Series, v. 36. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2011.

“Copying by Libraries in the United States: Reviewing Section 108 of the US Copyright Laws.” Fontes Artis Musicae 55, no. 2 (April-June 2008): 363-376.

“Preserving the Monterey Jazz Festival Archive at Stanford,” Imprint 26, no. 1 (Winter 2008): 17-26.

“The Effect of Orphan Works on Music Libraries: The 2005 U.S. Copyright Office Roundtables.” Notes 63/1 (September 2006): 67-78.

Chapter 3. "Middlebury College Music Library Collection Development Policy." In Amanda Maple and Jean Morrow, Guide to Writing Collection Development Policies for Music, p. 69-90. Music Library Association Technical Reports, no. 26. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press and Music Library Association, 2001.

Reviews in Notes: Journal of the Music Library Association, 1990-2002.

"Faceted Subject Access for Music Through USMARC: A Case for Linked Fields," Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 31/1 (2000): 15-30.

“List of Works,” Chapter 14. “Selected Bibliography,” and Chapter 15. “Selected Discography.” In The Arnold Schoenberg Companion (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998), p. 43-49, 271-322.

Articles in the Journal of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, 1980-1992.

"Survey on the Coding of 04X Fields," MOUG Newsletter, no. 42 (November 1989), p. 4-9.

"Émigré Musicians in Southern California.” In California’s Musical Wealth: Sources for the Study of Music in California (Los Angeles: Southern California Chapter,Music Library Association, 1988), p. 37-53.

“The Reception of Austrian Émigré Musicians in Southern California,” Modern Austrian Literature 20/3-4 (1987).

Arnold Schoenberg Institute Archives Preliminary Catalog. With Kathryn Glennan and Wayne Shoaf. Los Angeles: Arnold Schoenberg Institute, University of Southern California, 1986

“Schoenberg, Arnold,” Funk & Wagnall’s Encyclopedia, 1983.

"Mounting Displays of Archival Materials," MLA Newsletter, no. 51 (November-December 1982): 4.

“Indeterminacy in Music: An Annotated Bibliography of Writings in English.” M.L.S. thesis, Kent State University, 1979.

“Reed Response: Some Climate Experiments.” Clarinet 3/4 (August 1976): 16-17.


M.L.S., Kent State University
M.M., University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.M., University of Redlands