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, and the LIS (library and information science) job market.
Michelle is a frequent conference speaker, collaborating with colleagues to present on diverse topics including "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 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), Assistant Continuing Education Coordinator for the Music OCLC Users Group (2014-2016), Co-Editor-in-Chief of Music Reference Services Quarterly (2010-2016), and editor of the Music Library Association’s Copyright for Music Librarians website (2014-2016). Michelle also supervises Department of Information & Library Science students interning in Sound Recordings Cataloging, and co-teaches that department’s 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 her 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, and is currently pursuing certification in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Operations and Project Management from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a proud Indiana University Alumni Association Life Member and Alumni Student Recruiter.