Melissa Wertheimer, MLIS, Class of 2017

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Meet Melissa Wertheimer, Archivist of the Music Library Association and Music Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress.

Melissa Wertheimer

Meet Melissa Wertheimer, Archivist of the Music Library Association and Music Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress. Melissa’s impressive career has roots in a dual education in music and information science. She graduated from the iSchool with her MLIS in December 2017, with a specialization in Archives and Digital Curation. She also holds a Master of Music (MM) degree in Piccolo Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree in Flute Performance from Ithaca College.

Melissa accepted the position of Archivist of the Music Library Association (MLA) for a five-year term through 2022. In this prestigious position, Melissa works with the MLA board, chapters, and local repositories to oversee both national and local archives. She is also spearheading the establishment of additional local archives. Melissa is an advocate of educating the public about the importance of the MLA’s music archives - developing engaging conference presentations and exciting online exhibits.

Melissa is also able to combine her passions for music, archives, and educating the public as a Music Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress. She works with individuals and groups, guiding them in collection use and helping them to find materials such as performing arts special collections, sheet music, and music copyrights.

In addition to these important positions, Melissa pursues her interests in music and archives by participating in public events, blogging, researching potential archive acquisitions, and curating exhibits.

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