Jessica Grimmer joined the UMD College of Information (INFO) in 2024 after serving as a project archivist at Special Collections in Performing Arts at UMD Libraries, and as a lecturer of Musicology & Ethnomusicology at the UMD School of Music. She has developed extensive knowledge of copyright practices, particularly in the performing arts and newly emerging practices regarding AI-created material, from her work at the U.S. Copyright Office.
Her research at INFO centers on the sustainability of digital collections, with a specific focus on encoded music and its pedagogical applications. Grimmer has been significantly involved in the Sustaining Digital Community Collections project. In addition to her work in digital preservation, her musicological studies delve into the musical resonances of the Holocaust, both in Europe and North America.
Grimmer holds a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the UMD INFO College. She also holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.