As Sound Recordings Cataloger, Michelle Hahn is responsible for the description, arrangement, and management of sound and video recording collections at the William & Gayle Cook Music Library. She also serves as a Music Library collection manager for the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI). At the core of her work, she is dedicated to making it possible for people to find things, know what they are, and determine whether they even want to find them in the first place. In addition to areas directly connected with her day-to-day work, her research interests include music education and music therapy bibliography, project management in technical services, disability in LIS (library and information science), and the LIS job market.
Michelle is a frequent conference speaker, collaborating with colleagues to present on diverse topics including "Meeting the need for metadata accessibility and usability: ergonomics and adaptive technology for producers and consumers" (Music Library Association Annual Meeting, 2021), "Out of Reach: ADA in the Music Library" (Music Library Association Annual Meeting, 2019), "The Future is Now: Preparing For and Learning From Large-Scale Media Preservation" (Music Library Association Annual Meeting, 2018), "Reciprocal Impacts: IU's Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative & Metadata" (IU Digital Library Brown Bag, 2018), “Expecting the Unexpected: Gifts Workflows in Technical Services” (Music Library Association annual meeting, 2016) and “Are You Close Enough? Libraries and Embedded Digital Humanities” (Digital Frontiers, 2014: view the video). She has also published articles and essays in Directions in Music Cataloging and Music Reference Services Quarterly. Her professional involvement includes serving as the Chair of the Music OCLC Users Group (2020-2022), Assistant Web Editor for the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (2018-2019), Social Media Coordinator for the Music OCLC Users Group (2017-2019), Newsletter Editor for the Music Library Association (2015-2020), Continuing Education Coordinator for the Music OCLC Users Group (2014-2016), and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Music Reference Services Quarterly (2010-2016). Michelle also co-teaches the Department of Information & Library Science's Cataloging course and the Seminar in Music Librarianship.
Prior to joining the Libraries, Michelle served as Music Catalog Librarian and Interim Music Librarian at Southern Methodist University. She received a Master of Science in Project Management and Operations from Southern New Hampshire University, a Master of Library Science with a Music Librarianship Specialization from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Music (cum laude) in Music Education from Ohio University. She is a proud Indiana University Alumni Association Life Member and Alumni Student Recruiter.