Andy Leach, Senior Director of Library and Archives, has overseen the establishment of the Library and Archives, the hiring of its staff, and the development of its policies and procedures. He manages general operations, develops library collections, works with donors to facilitate donations of archival materials, provides research assistance to visitors, and hosts public events at the Library and Archives.
Andy holds degrees in music history and library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and has worked in music libraries and archives since 1993. He served as Librarian and Archivist at the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago from 2000 to 2008, and he previously worked at the UIUC Music and Performing Arts Library and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. He has presented papers at academic and library conferences, and he has contributed articles and reviews to several publications. Andy is also an active performing and recording musician.
Jennie Thomas, Director of Archives, manages all archival operations for the Library & Archives, including the arrangement, description, and preservation of archival collections. She facilitates donations of archival materials, manages the Reading Room, and provides reference assistance to researchers.
Jennie holds an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in the humanities from Central Michigan University, and a B.A. in music from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She has worked in libraries and archives since 1998; most recently as Marilyn Crandell Schleg Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at Albion College in Michigan. Jennie currently serves on the Publications Board for the Society of American Archivists, on Council and as Publications Coordinator for the Midwest Archives Conference, and on the Steering Committee and as Regional Archival Associations Consortium representative for the Cleveland Archival Roundtable. She has presented papers at archival and library conferences and edited for professional publications.
along with the Senior Director of Library and Archives, manages all aspects of Library operations, including selecting and cataloging library materials, providing general reference and bibliographic instruction, and coordinating outreach and events with the Library Assistant. She works with donors to enrich the library's collection and identifies opportunities to promote the visibility of the Library and Archives within the community.
Laura holds a M.L.I.S. and a B.A. in English from Kent State University. She volunteered and completed an internship at the Library and Archives while obtaining her Masters and upon graduation was hired as Project Cataloger to provide access to library materials in anticipation of the Library and Archives' grand opening in 2012. Laura then spent several years at Akron-Summit County Public Library as Catalog Librarian, providing original cataloging for all library materials and planning staff events through the library's Staff Association. She then returned to the Rock & Roll Hall Library & Archives as Librarian. Laura currently serves on the board of Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians as Treasurer and Webmaster.
Anastasia Karel, Archivist & Assistant Curator, oversees the processing of archival collections in the Library & Archives, and is responsible for identifying and describing archival assets for use in the Museum and beyond. She also provides curatorial assistance for Museum exhibits and helps to curate archival content for organization-wide use.
Anastasia holds a master's degree in library science from Drexel University and has been an archivist since 2003. Prior to joining the Rock Hall, she worked at the University of California at Berkeley, the New York Public Library, and Princeton University.
Shannon Erb, Audiovisual Archivist, oversees the preservation, storage, processing, and digital migration of audio and visual collections at the Rock Hall. She also facilitates donations of audiovisual archival materials, and assists with researchers and Museum staff by providing the digitization of audio and moving image assets for exhibits and programs.
Shannon holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has worked at many different public libraries, historical societies, archives and museums. Most recently she held roles at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville and the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. Shannon currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Midwest Archives Conference and has contributed professionally in the Society of American Archivists, Association of Recorded Sound Collections and the Association of Moving Image Archivists. She has presented and lectured at library and archive conferences and workshops and has edited and contributed articles for professional publications.
Jona Whipple, Digital Archivist, oversees the conversion of documents and photographs into digital formats for preservation and long-term storage. She also facilitates donations of archival materials and assists in the curation of archival assets for use in Museum exhibits, and in the initiatives of the entire organization.
Jona holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BFA in writing from Columbia College Chicago. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Prior to joining the Rock Hall, she worked at Northwestern University, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Evanston History Center, and Spertus Institute.
William Jackson, Archives Assistant, assists the librarians and archivists in public services functions of the Library and Archives. He retrieves library and archival materials from non-public storage areas, issues new researcher cards to visitors, and assists visitors with the public photocopier, printer, and audio/video playback equipment.
William has worked and volunteered at libraries and archives including the Shaker Heights Public Library and the Western Reserve Historical Society. He has a B.A. in history/sociology from Case Western Reserve University.
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