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Darwin Scott 
Music Librarian

Darwin has been the music librarian at the Mendel Music Library since April 1, 2009, earning continuing appointment in April 2014. Previously he was at Brandeis University (in Waltham, MA—about 13 miles west of Boston), where he served as Creative Arts Librarian from May 1995 until May 2007, and then as Assistant Director for Research and Instruction Services, Creative Arts and Humanities until January 2009. While at Brandeis, Darwin established and developed a collection of early music imprints dating from 1501-1650 (the Gorham Collection), which had grown to over fifty publications by the time he came to Princeton. From 1979 to 1995, Darwin worked at the UCLA music library, serving as head of technical services there from 1984-95. At UCLA, Darwin earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in historical musicology (1978; 1988), specializing in medieval music and writing a dissertation on the early motets of the Notre Dame Era. During most of his years at UCLA, Darwin was an active performer, playing oboe in the orchestra and numerous chamber ensembles, and later branching out into early music, playing recorders and crumhorn. In 1993, Darwin completed an MLS from the UCLA School of Library and Information Science, focusing on reference, cataloging/authority control, and, in particular, Renaissance music publication. While at UCLA, Darwin had two stints of teaching at California State University, Northridge, directing the collegium musicum there from 1983-85 and returning in the early 90s to teach graduate courses in music research and bibliography, and Renaissance music. Darwin also holds a BM from California State University, Long Beach, where he focused on music performance and musicology.

Darwin is an active member of the Music Library Association (MLA). He was the music review editor for the association’s journal Notes from 1996 until 2008, and in 2014 was appointed chair of the Resource Sharing and Collection Development Committee. He served on the board of the New England Library Association (NEMLA) from 2006-09 (chair in 2007/8). He is now actively involved in the Atlantic Chapter of MLA; Princeton hosted the ATMLA annual fall meeting in October 2012. He was just appointed in July 2014 to the Outreach Committee of the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML). He has presented often at national and local chapter meetings (and recently at the annual IAML meeting in Antwerp, Belgium), particularly on streaming audio resources, researching music in interdisciplinary databases, outreach to public librarians, and most recently, on projects to digitize historic music publications. Darwin has been a member of the Committee for Career-Related Issues of the American Musicological Society (AMS), and coordinated the conference mentoring (buddy) program each year at the annual meeting of the society through 2009. He was chair of the AMS-MLA Joint RISM Committee from 2010-12, which oversees projects dedicated to locating and cataloging all surviving musical sources dating from the earliest times to about 1800, and was reappointed to this committee in 2013 as an AMS member. Darwin is also co-moderator of the mail list for the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music. In the December 2011 and 2012 issues of Notes, respectively, Darwin published reviews of festschrifts honoring two of the doyens of Renaissance musicology, Bonnie J. Blackburn and David Fallows.

Besides overseeing the operation and collections of the Arthur Mendel Music Library at Princeton, Darwin participates in a number of library- and campus-wide initiatives and working groups, including the Library Managers Group, the Princeton Digital Humanities Working Group, the LibGuides Management Group, and board of directors members for theBlue Mountain Project. He was the library’s 2012-13 representative to the Council on the Princeton University Community (CPUC). He has presented three times on streaming audio and visual electronic resources at Lunch ‘n Learn sessions sponsored by the Office of Information Technology (OIT), and will offer an update in the fall of 2014. Darwin has also been a guest lecturer on music reference and librarianship for the Library and Information Science Department at Rutgers University (for the course “E-Humanities and Social Science Reference”) and the online course “Information Sources and Services in the Arts and Humanities” for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois--and will do both again during the 2014-15 term. Darwin is the Princeton representative to the Borrow Direct Music Librarians Group, which is presently focused on the Contemporary Composers Web Archive and an ongoing cooperative project of comprehensively collecting published music by a select group of around 2,000 contemporary composers, particularly those active between 1975 and 2014. Darwin is also currently busy overseeing Princeton’s first contributions to the Music Treasures Consortium and the Sheet Music Consortium.

Conference and Other Presentation Materials

February, 2015

MLA Conference (Denver, CO) - Presentation on Princeton’s Blue Mountain Project for the Plenary Session, Digital Musicology: The Role of Music Library Collections

July, 2014

IAML Meeting (Antwerp, Belgium) - presentation on the Princeton University Library’s Blue Mountain Project

Sara Hagenbuch
Public Services & Outreach Manager

Sara Hagenbuch joined the Mendel Music Library staff in August 2017. Sara came to the Princeton University Library from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was the circulation and reserves supervisor at the Earth Sciences and Map Library. Prior to this position, Sara served for four years as the library circulation supervisor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Sara also maintains an active career as a professional singer. For six years she was the soprano II section leader at San Francisco's St. Dominic's Catholic Church. In September 2013, Sara founded the small opera company Black Box Baroque in collaboration with San Francisco Bay area musicians passionate about historically informed performance and staged opera. She produced and sang in four seasons of fully staged opera performances with orchestra that featured complete Italian operas and dramatic works by George Frideric Handel, including "Orlando," "Ariodante," "Alcina," and, in 2017, "Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo." Sara earned a bachelor of music degree from Ithaca College and holds a master's degree in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Brittany Nielson
Collection Services & Website Maintenance

Brittany began working for Mendel Music Library in July of 2015. She has graduate degrees in Library and Information Science and Music History and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Brittany was the teaching assistant for the online Music 102 course (American Popular Music) for 2.5 years during graduate school and also worked in the Music Library at UWM. At the UWM Music Library, she was responsible for website design and maintenance for the Music Library and was in charge of the electronic reserves.

Brittany has a B.S. in Information Technology from the University of MA-Lowell and worked in the private IT sector for many years as an IT specialist.  Much of her IT work focused on website design, server and website maintenance, network troubleshooting and technical support.  She also attained a B.A. in Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has been a part of many choirs, often as a soloist. Brittany has an extensive background in piano and some experience in trumpet performance.