Did you know that each department at the University of Mississippi has a specialist librarian? Subject librarians work with their departments and schools to develop the library’s collections and support students and faculty research. Every week this semester, we will be highlighting one of our subject liaison librarians.
This week’s featured librarian is John Leslie, our music librarian. Get to know a little bit more about John:
Title: Music catalog librarian and associate professor
Favorite part of liaising to his areas:
I am a musician, and so I love this area of scholarship; I consider it a privilege to work with the music collection every day. I also enjoy the music faculty immensely. They are incredibly gifted, and they have a sense of calling about their work that inspires me. It's my job to help them by ensuring that they have access to the resources they need for teaching and research. I also enjoy meeting the music students, and I love helping them with their work. I want them to feel perfectly free to contact me with questions.
Advice for conducting research in music:
Music research demands a familiarity with language and numbering systems that may be unfamiliar, so sometimes students have a lot of groundwork to establish familiarity with the background of their subject. Because of the large volume published works on certain musical topics, it's important to learn the skill of narrowing down searches from general to specific, using more precise search terms and the limiting features of our music databases and catalog.
Have questions for John? Email him at email@example.com.