Andy Leach, Senior Director of Museum & Archival Collections, oversees the preservation and access of all artifact, archival, and library collections at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, leading both the Collections and Library & Archives teams. Andy established the Rock Hall's Library & Archives and has overseen the hiring of its staff and the development of its policies and procedures. He works with donors to build the Rock Hall's collections, curates museum exhibitions, and hosts public programs.
Andy received degrees in music history and library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has worked in music libraries and archives for over 25 years. Before joining the Rock Hall in 2009, he held positions at the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago, the University of Illinois Music and Performing Arts Library, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Andy has served on the Board of Directors of the Music Library Association. He is an active musician in Cleveland and plays with local bands the New Soft Shoe and the Rumbling Spires.
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, as well as at the Special Collections for the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland and the National Public Broadcasting Archives. Jennie currently serves on the Publications Board for the Society of American Archivists, and as Council Secretary for the Midwest Archives Conference. She has taught university undergraduate and graduate library skills courses, presented papers at archival and library conferences, and edited and written for several publications.
with the Senior Director of Library & 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 & Archives within the community. along
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 & Archives while obtaining her Masters and upon graduation was hired as Project Cataloger to provide access to library materials in anticipation of the Library & 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 returned to the Rock & Roll Hall Library & Archives as Librarian in 2017. Laura currently serves on the board of Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians as Treasurer and Webmaster.
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 served 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.
Justin Seidler, Image Archivist, oversees digital imaging and processing of paper, photographic, and born-digital collections at the Rock Hall. He works with staff and donors to acquire, develop, and make accessible archival collections for use in Museum exhibits, educational programs, media, and in support of researchers from around the world.
Justin Holds a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Ohio University. After completing his MLIS he worked as an intern and project archivist at the Library & Archives before accepting the position of College Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at Albion College, Albion, Michigan. In addition to his work at the Rock Hall, Justin serves as archival consultant to multiple organizations, including The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Crystal Matjasic, Project Archivist, processes archival collections at the Library & Archives through an Access to Historical Records grant provided by the National Historical Papers and Records Commission.
Crystal holds an MLS from Indiana University and has been an archivist since 2010. Prior to joining the Rock Hall, she worked at Bucknell University.
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