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Joe Clark

Head, Performing Arts Library, Assistant Professor

Subject Librarian for: 

  • Music

  • Theatre

  • Dance

Job Responsibilities 

Management of the programs and daily operations of Kent State University’s Performing Arts Library. Formulates both long and short term unit goals. Provides formal and informal reference services and information literacy instruction to classes and individuals, and conducts collection management of all library materials relating to theatre, dance, and music. Liaison to the Schools of Music and Theatre and Dance.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Cleveland, Susannah and Joe C. Clark, eds. Careers in Music Librarianship III: Reality and Reinvention. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions and the Music Library Association, 2014. (My contribution as co-editor: 50%). [peer-reviewed proposal].

Clark, Joe C. "Format Preferences of Performing Arts Students." Journal of Academic Librarianship 39, no. 3 (May 2013): 297-307. [peer-reviewed].

Clark, Joe C.“What Employers Want: Entry-Level Qualifications for Music Librarians.” Notes 69, no. 3 (March 2013): 472-493. [peer-reviewed].

Clark, Joe C. “Connecting Print Patrons to Electronic Holdings with Shelf Dummies.” Serials Review 38, no. 4 (December 2012): 250-253. [peer-reviewed].

Clark, Joe C.“Job Trends in Music Librarianship: A Nine-Year Analysis from the Music Library Association’s Job List.” Notes 69, No. 1 (September 2012): 44-58. [peer-reviewed].

Clark, Joe C.“User-Centered Events in a Performing Arts Library.” Fontes Artis Musicae 58, No. 2 (April – June 2012): 158-167. [peer-reviewed].

Clark, Joe C. "Business Books for the Library Middle Manager: An Annotated Bibliography." In Managing from the Middle, edited by Robert Farrell and Kenneth Schlesinger. 25-31. Chicago: American Library Association Publications, 2013.

Clark, Joe C.“Mexico and the Southwestern U.S.,” “West Africa,” “Japan,” and “Rock.” In The Basic Music Library, 4th edition, edited by Daniel Boomhower. Chicago: American Library Association Publications (accepted/forthcoming).

Clark, Joe C.“Creative Fundraising Through Campus Collaborations.” Journal of Library Innovation 2, no. 2. [peer-reviewed].

Clark, Joe C. "Duke/Peacock Records" and "Excello Records" in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett. New York: Oxford University Press (accepted/forthcoming).

Clark, Joe C. "Thomas Dorsey" in Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music, edited by William McNeil. NewYork: Routledge, 2005.

Clark, Joe.“Greg Piccolo,” “Kelly Joe Phelps,” “Little Wille Jackson,” “Clay Hammond,” “Cal Green,” “Willie Edwards,” “Wallace Coleman,” “Jimmy Burns,” “Skeeter Brandon,” “Little Joe Blue,” “Big Lucky,” “Buster Benton,” and “Bernard Allison” in Encyclopedia of the Blues, 2 vols., edited by Edward Komara. New York: Routledge, 2005.

Clark, Joe.“Jembe Pedagogy Methods: A Survey.” Percussive Notes 43, No. 6 (December 2005), p. 30-33.

Research Areas
  • Library Collection Management
  • Employment Trends in Music Librarianship
  • American Vernacular Music
  • Library Administration
Joe Clark
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