Michigan Opera theatre Allesee Dance and Opera Library

Allesee Dance & Opera Resource Library Current Staff

Tim Lentz, Ph.D., Library Director

Tim Lentz is currently employed by Michigan Opera Theatre as Archivist and Director of the Dance and Opera Resource Library at the Detroit Opera House.  He also serves on the Advisory Board for the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University.  He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University, his secondary certificate in Mathematics at Wayne State, and his music credentials at Oakland University.  He completed his M.A. and his Ph.D. in Theatre and Dramatic Music Literature at Wayne State University. Among other duties, he continues to chronicle the history of the company and recently his essay “The History of Michigan Opera Theatre,” which was included in the David DiChiera 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist monograph, was awarded a first place for feature writing by the Society of Professional Journalists/Detroit Chapter.

At Michigan Opera Theatre Dr. Lentz is also managing an ongoing project with Wayne State University training Library and Information Science interns as well as managing a major project with Michigan Virtual University where he leads a team which developed and designed a fully credited distance learning course on opera and music theatre titled “In Search of Cyrano” which is available online as of fall 2010 to all Michigan high school students.

Dr. Lentz taught in the Rochester Community Schools for thirty-five years with thirty-one years as Vocal Music Director/Theatre Coordinator at Adams High School.  He was selected as a State Finalist for the 1982 Michigan Teacher of the Year and has been listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers seven times.  He received a Resolution of Tribute from the Rochester Hills City Council and an award for Outstanding Service to Youth from the Rochester Jaycees.  Dr. Lentz received a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Honor Roll, was nominated for 2006-2007 Michigan Teacher of the Year and was awarded Rochester Community School’s Excellence In Education Award in 2003. He was bass soloist at Meadowbrook Congregational Church in Novi for fifteen years.  He also has an extensive theatre resume including directing productions at Wayne State University and freelance work directing in Detroit area dinner theatres as well as treading the boards thirty-eight times in roles including Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Fredrik Eggerman in A Little Night Music, El Gallo in The Fantastiks and the title role in Scapino.

Dr. Lentz and the Adams Vocal Music Department were very active in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association.  He served on MSVMA's Executive Board as Treasurer for eighteen years, and was also supervisor of the East State Solo & Ensemble Festival for two years.  He led workshops on musical theatre at MSVMA's annual choral directors Summer Workshop three times and twice conducted Honors Choir music reading sessions.  Adams' choirs and ensembles consistently received top ratings at festivals and were especially proud of the high level of participation at solo and ensemble festivals and in the Honors Choir program.  The Men's Ensemble performed at Ensemble Finals and Adams placed soloists in the Youth Arts Solo Finals eight times.  He was recently recognized by the MSVMA as a Director Emeritus.   Dr. Lentz directed fifty-eight major musicals as director of the Adams High School annual musical and Rochester's Summer Music Theatre.  He also directed and produced or technical directed an additional fifty-five non-musical productions with Rochester Community Schools. In addition, Dr. Lentz was extensively involved in all aspects of the creation and construction of the three Rochester Community Schools Auditoriums, including design, acoustical concerns and general management.

Bryce Rudder, Senior Librarian
Bryce Rudder is the Senior Librarian at Michigan Opera Theatre. He joined the Allesee Dance and Opera Resource Library team in 2009. He is a working archivist who supervises the Resource Library's volunteers. Key duties involve organizing and problem-solving, digital asset management of performance images, reviews and programs, metadata creation, database management, audio/visual and cataloging. Bryce's combined work experience encompasses 28 years, 11 years which are specifically in K-12 library technology and education. Bryce holds degrees in Library & Information Science from Wayne State University (MLIS, 2008), Art Education from Wayne State University (MAT, 2003), and Studio Art/Graphic Design from Michigan State University (BFA, 1985). Professionally, Bryce has been very active with the Michigan chapter of Special Libraries Association (SLA), as Nominating Committee Chair, Newsletter Editor, and Program Committee. He attends the annual SLA conferences, nationally. In addition, he is a member of MAC (Midwest Archives Conference).
Paul Gallagher, Wayne State University Libraries
Paul Gallagher is the Director of Library Operations and User Services for the Wayne State University Libraries and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Library and Information Science. Paul is an experienced I.T. professional with over ten years of experience in the private sector including technology education, application development, and systems administration. He joined the WSU Libraries in 2008, and has served in a range of roles including Developer Librarian and Associate Director for Discovery Services. As a key member of the Dean's Senior Management Team, he provides broad leadership with all library service groups to advance fulfillment of library system strategic directions, and to promote the libraries' role as a valued campus partner in teaching, learning, and research.
Samantha Downes
Christopher BloodworthSamantha is a current candidate for a Master's of Library and Information Science degree at Wayne State University. Her background is in vocal music, having earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University in 2011. She is gaining lots of experience working in both academic and public libraries, currently splitting her time between Ann Arbor and Detroit. She hopes to work for a music library after graduation, in either an academic setting or for a professional organization. Samantha joined the team at the Allessee Library in November 2012. Her key duties are assisting with the digitizing of past MOT production materials and entering them into the Archivist Toolkit software.
Ian Chapp
Ian ChappIan Chapp is a Systems Integrator and cohort of the IMLS Art Librarianship program at Wayne State University's Library and Information Science department. His background in Art History has led to research in both the US and abroad on topics ranging from the use of microscopy in the Detroit Murals of Diego Rivera to a Viennese Expressionist's use of a fetish doll. Chapp is a proponent of the democratization of information and is interested in the arcana of material culture.  Recent projects include the development of digitization regimes at WSU and the MOT and web integration for DSO.  Professionally, he strives to facilitate the opening and reframing of collections in light of the digital realm, enabling new modes of research, collaboration and teaching.
Camille Chidsey
Camille Chidsey

Camille graduated from Michigan State University in 2010 where she double majored in Anthropology and English with a minor in museum studies. Currently, she is working towards her Master’s of Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Administration at Wayne State University. She has a large background in museums and archives, both volunteering and interning at the Michigan State University Museum, the Michigan Historical Museum, and the Detroit Historical Museum. While she hopes to work in an archive or museum someday, she is also interested in the public library sector and arts administration.

She joined the team at MOT’s Allessee Library in September of 2010. Her key duties include working with Koha, an open source cataloguing system, and performing audio digitization work, converting operas from laser discs onto digital formats.

Armando Delicato
Armando Delicato was born in Detroit to Italian immigrant parents. He grew up in the city and, upon graduation from the University of Detroit, began teaching history and the social studies in Detroit Public Schools. He received a Master’s Degree from Wayne State University, followed by an Education Specialist Degree in library science and instructional technology. For thirty years he was a media specialist in Wayne Westland Public Schools and at North Farmington High School. Upon retirement, he wrote two books about his hometown, "Italians in Detroit" and "Detroit’s Corktown." While serving on the board of directors for the Friends of the Baldwin Library, he heard about the new Allessee Archive/Library being set up at the Detroit Opera House. Since August, 2007, he has been involved in setting up the library and supporting his favorite arts organization.
Thomas Edward Gerrish
Thom a diverse educational background and has graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Biochemistry, a B.A. in Russian, and an M.A. in Linguistics. He is now pursuing his MLIS degree at Wayne State University with a focus in academic libraries. With over five years of experience in the financial services industry, he currently works part time for a small brokerage firm in West Bloomfield, MI where he manages the firm's books and records. In addition, Thom plays both trumpet and French horn and had performed in ensembles at MSU and around southeast Michigan. Within libraries, his interests include reference, archives, and instructional design. Thom joined the Allesee in February of 2013 where he is involved with digitizing MOT's production history using the Archivist Toolkit software as well as working on the digitization of MOT's extensive reel to reel audio tape collection.
Larry Glowczewski
Larry Glowczewski, a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, recently retired form a duel career in public education and as a professional musician. Larry has been a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Volunteer Association for many years. Serving on the Dance Council, he is involved in events and activities supporting dance at MOT. During the past several years Larry has edited and arranged a popular set of films for the Dance Film Series. These programs are screened on scheduled evenings throughout the year in the Chrysler Foundation "Black Box" Theater. In addition, Larry volunteers each week to work in the Allesse Dance and Opera Resource Library. This includes various technical activities that archive dance and opera performances for the future research and enjoyment of library patrons.
Enriqueta Kozakowski
Talia HofackerEnriqueta works as a librarian for the Detroit Public Library. She has been working in public libraries and archives since 1982. She graduated from Wayne State University in 2003 with a Master's in Library and Information Science and a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration. She also has a library degree from Nicaragua. An Allesee Dance and Opera Resource Library volunteer since June 2011, she uses the Archivists Toolkit to digitize MOT production history.
Patricia Lawlis
Talia HofackerPatricia Lawlis graduated from Northwestern University in 2012 with dual departmental honors in the Drama and Religious Studies departments, while also completing a music minor and receiving Latin honors. Studying to become an Opera Dramaturge, she focuses on exploring the historical, cultural, and religious influences that shape opera compositions and their source stories. Currently she is working at MOT in both the library and communications departments. As a member of the library staff she digitizes reviews of previous MOT productions while using the opportunity to expand her knowledge of operatic compositions and the people involved in modern performances. In the communications department she works on researching current MOT projects, putting together the student guide for the 2012 performance of Handel's Julius Caesar and writing web articles for the planed productions of Beethoven's Fidelio and Verdi's Aida.
Jerry Mitchell
He has been active in historic preservation since moving to Detroit in 1972. Preservation activities include helping establish city, state and federal historic district status for the Boston- Edison neighborhood, State Historic Designation for the Henry Ford Edison Avenue house, the Scarab Club and the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. Jerry established the Archives of the Historic Boston-Edison Association and serves as archivist and historian. He served as secretary to Boston Edison Development Inc. a nonprofit corporation funded by neighbors to acquire, renovate and sell abandoned houses in the Boston-Edison Historic District. Eight homes were returned to use through the program. In 2000 Jerry established a non-profit corporation to acquire and restore the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant – the birthplace of the Model T. The plant was saved from possible demolition and is now a vital museum, education center, international tourist destination and National Historic Landmark. Jerry is a former member of the Volunteer Council of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and is currently on the Board of the Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage. He is also President and Chairman of the Board of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. Recognizing that species diversity is rapidly declining as human activity continues to destroy the natural world, Jerry continues to use his scientific training to assist in conservation. He has served as a volunteer at the Bat Zone located at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, the Friends of the Rouge River, the Rouge River Bird Observatory and the Spider Laboratory at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. At the Allesee Dance & Opera Resource Library, Jerry assists Larry Glowczewski in managing the digital music and dance collection.
William Morrissey
After graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 1993 with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy, Bill worked for Borders Book Shop. In 1994 he entreated the LISP program. While pursuing his degree he worked at Shiffman Medical Library where he worked on a shelf list project, helped set up the computers at the Undergraduate Library before it opened, and was Graduate Research Assistant to two of the programs professors. While at Shiffman Bill decided he wanted to be a Technical Services librarian. Upon graduation he got a job at the University of Mississippi where he was the Special Collections cataloger and Assistant Professor. After two years there he moved back to Michigan where he was Original Cataloger of state documents at The Library of Michigan. He left that position and worked for a major book collector based in Detroit as librarian/cataloger. To keep up his skills Bill volunteered at the MOT Allesee Library. There he has become in house cataloger using their new Koha ILS system.
Elizabeth Nicholson
Elizabeth is a current candidate for a Master's of Library and Information Science and Archival Administration degree at Wayne State University. Her background is in music and in 2011 she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska and in 2012 she performed as a member of MOT's Chorus in Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles. She currently volunteers her time in several local libraries and archives gaining valuable experience. After graduation she plans to pursue a career in Music Archives. She joined the team at the Allesee Library in January of 2014 and her projects include: assisting with digitizing reel to reel MOT audio recordings, digitizing past production materials and entering them into the database, and conducting inventories.
Matthew Tansek
Ty StevensonMatthew Tansek is a Wayne State graduate earning a Masters in Library and Information Science in 2012. His background focuses on digital information management and the formation and manipulation of database material. A strong supporter of Detroit's art institutions he has also worked at the Detroit Institute of Arts research library and is working toward the formation of the Cass Corridor Museum. At the Alesee Library his work focuses on the verification and digitization of audio recordings for long term preservation.


Allesee Dance & Opera Resource Library Former Staff

Mark Barnes Jr.
Mark Barnes JrMark Barnes Jr. was born in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in History and Political Science. During research for his Bachelor's Degree, his use of archives was extensive and his desire to work in a library system increased. In 2010, he began pursuing his Master's Degree in Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. His interests are Academic Libraries and Archives, with a focus on the humanities. In the fall of 2010, in conjunction with his Master's Degree, he began to volunteer at the Allesee Dance & Opera Research Library. He is currently working on digitizing the libraries materials, with a focus on audio and visual materials. He is eager to add to his experience and learn from the professional librarians he works with. He currently lives in Novi, MI with his wife Cheryl.
Christopher Bloodworth
Christopher BloodworthChristopher Bloodworth is a native Detroiter, born and raised.  He has a strong interest and passion for the arts.  Since October 2009, Chris has been volunteering twice per week at the MOT Allesee Dance and Resource Library, scanning 20 years of concert programs, photographs and articles from the Detroit Opera House Collection.  In addition to serving as a MOT Library volunteer, he is an active DIA Founders’ Society member and regularly participates as an usher at the Detroit Film Theatre. 

Chris has several years of professional library experience providing research, reference and access services.  He was recently employed part-time as a Library Technician at the Oakland Community College (OCC) Information Commons Library in Southfield.  He also served as a Library Technician at the OCC Highland Lakes Library in Waterford.  At OCC, Chris’ responsibilities included participating in collection development and providing basic computer assistance, circulation and information services to faculty, students and staff.  Chris also worked at Lewis College of Business in Detroit.   As Head Librarian, he managed the library’s budget, conducted information literacy sessions and library orientations, and coordinated various shelving and weeding projects to upgrade the library’s collection. In addition, Chris provided information services and managed DVD and government documents collections as Adult Reference Librarian at the Madison Heights Public Library.  He also provided research, reference and access services at the Wayne State University Law Library in Detroit for three years and The Ohio State University College of Law, Moritz Law Library, in Columbus, for two years.  As a MOT Library volunteer, Chris hopes to update his professional skills and develop a greater appreciation of the arts. 
Derrick Burton
Derrick Burton

When Derrick's Dad asked him what he had done with all the money he had received for singing lessons, he was being literal. Instead, Derrick had spent the money on classes at Wayne State in pursuit of a Master's Degree in Library Science with a Certificate in Archival Administration.

Recent projects have included an online exhibit for the Charles H Wright African American Museum, reviews for the Library Student Journal and contributions to the student run, Information, Preservation and the Future student blog.

A 2008 graduate of Michigan State with a Bachelor's in Literature, Derrick joined the Library Staff in order to combine his love of storytelling, passion for music and professional interest in preservation. At the Allesee, he has been using the Archivist Toolkit software to digitize MOT archival materials and also has been digitizing MOT's extensive collection of open reel audio tape, modernizing the collection of MOT audio that dates back to 1976. It is possible that if he ever receives courage from the Wizard, he may even try his hand at cataloging.

Asako Chihaya
In 2002, Chihaya graduated from Portland State University (Portland, Oregon) with a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Women’s Studies. In 2007, she enrolled in the Library and Information Science Program at Wayne State University. As one of the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) cohorts in the Fine and Performance Art Librarianship Program, she helped open the Allesee Library at the Michigan Opera Theater. From September of 2007 until April of 2008, she worked closely with the archivist, Tim Lentz, to collect and organize library and archival materials, create an inventory database, and begin digitizing the video and CD collections. Chihaya graduated from the School of Library and Information Science in August of 2009.
Elizabeth Colombo
Elizabeth Colombo answered the call to volunteer at the Michigan Opera Theatre’s Allesee Library in the late summer of 2008.

In 2005, Elizabeth received a BA in history from Wayne State University followed by a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and an Archival Administration Certificate in 2007. Elizabeth’s contribution to the project includes digitizing and cataloging photographs, documents, news clippings, programs and other MOT related materials from the Allesee’s extensive archives collection. In addition to her volunteer work, Elizabeth enjoys her job as a reference librarian at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Library in Dearborn Heights and the Hazel Park Memorial Library in Hazel Park, Michigan.  Elizabeth lives in Detroit with her husband, Tony.
Nikki Elert
Having worked in the publishing industry for a number of years as both an editor at a reference books company and as a freelancer, Elert decided to work toward a Master’s degree in the Library and Information Science Program at Wayne State University. As a participant in a grant program to recruit and train fine and performing arts librarians, she had the opportunity to work at several cultural institutions in Detroit, including the Michigan Opera Theatre. Building on the work of previous interns, she worked on digitizing the Detroit Opera House collection, helping to document an exciting time in the history of the MOT. Elert finished her MLIS studies in 2009 and will complete her Archival Administration certificate in 2011.
Meghan Finch
Meghan received a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Languages and Culture with a specialization in Japanese from Michigan State University in 2005 and is now pursuing a Master’s of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. Her interests include metadata standards development, controlled vocabularies, and digital repositories.

Meghan has been volunteering at MOT’s Allessee Library since August 2008 and currently oversees the digitization of the archive’s photography collection. She follows this process from start to finish, selecting images for digitization, scanning, making quality adjustments, and completing description of individual items. She is excited to see the digital archive grow.

Meghan graduates from Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science in December 2009.

Justine Flores
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from University of Michigan Dearborn and working at the Mardigian Library there, Flores entered the Library and Information Science Program at Wayne State in 2007. She interned at the MOT’s Allesee Library from September 2007 until the following April. In those first two semesters, the library went from an unused room to an operational library. The immense tasks of collecting all library and archival materials from all over the Opera House, organizing it, and incorporating a shelving system to the brand new library were all completed within the first few months. In addition, she also worked on compiling the most comprehensive collection of programs from MOT’s history. The rare experience of starting a brand new library was a great learning experience that she hopes to apply in future employment. Flores graduates from the School of Library and Information Science in August 2009.
Sarah Galloway
Sarah Galloway

Sarah Galloway is an MLIS candidate at Wayne State University, specializing in Archival Administration and Records Management. Sarah is an actress/model in the Detroit Metro area, and is therefore very excited to be a part of the MOT Library team!

At the Allesee Sarah has been using the Archivist Toolkit software to digitize MOT production history. She has also been part of the team that has been digitizing MOTs large collection of open reel audio tape which goes back to 1976.

Emily Gibson
Emily GibsonEmily received a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Windsor in 2006, and a Masters in Library and Information Science and Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration from Wayne State University in 2009. Her interests include archival description and appraisal, and the impact of the digital revolution on communication channels and on national identity. Emily began volunteering at MOT’s Allessee Library May 2009, assisting Meghan Finch with digitization of the archive’s photography collection. She is proud to have been a part of the Allessee Library team.

Amisha Harijan
Amisha is a WSU IMLS Intern and was involved with the initial setup of the MOT Library.
Talia Hofacker
Talia HofackerTalia Hofacker and currently works on cataloging CD's and DVD's in the library. She is currently in her first year of Wayne State's Library and Information Science program with a concentration in Archival Administration and Records and Information Management. Originally from northern Michigan, Talia relocated to Detroit for the duration of her studies. After graduation she hopes to work in some type of archival institution.
Anne Johns
Anne Johns volunteered at the Allesee Dance and Opera Resource Library from September 2008 through May 2009. She specialized in the selection, digitization, and description of relevant text and photographic images for user access from the archive of opera performances. Anne also completed an evaluation of Michigan Opera Theatre’s records management program and provided recommendations on the improvement of storage and security systems for the organization. Anne graduated in August 2009 with a MLIS degree in Library Science and a certificate in Archival Administration, with the intention of working for a special collections library or archive.
Kristine Kuhl
Kristine Kuhl interned at the Michigan Opera Theatre library and archives over the Summer 2009 semester working on the MOT programs database. Kristine graduated from Grace College with her bachelor's degree after double majoring in Graphic Design and Illustration. She is an August 2009 graduate of the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science in the IMLS Fine and Performing Arts Librarian Program. After graduation she is moving to Indiana and finding a library job, hopefully in an area that will allow her to pursue her interests in both art and librarianship.
Dominique Lowell
Dominique Lowell spent 20 years as a performing artist - producing, directing, writing, and performing in venues across the U.S. as well as Europe for audiences ranging from 15 to 15,000. In 2009 she received her MLIS from Wayne State University where her studies included Information Architecture, Database Design, and Information Behavior. During the summer of 2009, Dominique worked with University of Michigan Professor Frithjof Bergmann on a Drupal based website build for the Center for New Work, an international initiative to create self-sustaining economies and cultures. She returns to the Cranbrook Educational Community for a third year as head of the upper school division of their intensive summer theatre program - coordinating voice, acting, and dance staff as well as teaching and directing 14 - 17 year old students. While at the Allesee library she participated in a variety of cross format archiving as well as catalogue building, and is honored to have been involved in the MIchigan Opera Theatres innovative web launch.
Kate Mazzara
Kate Mazzara graduated with a BA in Spanish and Italian languages in 2006.  After working as a flight attendant for 2 years, she entered Wayne State's LIS Program in Winter 2008, and will graduate in December '09.  Though her concentration is in Public Libraries, she enjoys all kinds of library work.  She worked at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library for 5 years, and currently does reference work at Wayne State's Science and Engineering Library.  At the Opera House, she works with audio digitization, transferring past Michigan Opera Theater performances from outdated formats into digital audio files and cds.
Jared Natzke
Jared NatzkeJared Natzke is a graduate of Michigan State University with dual bachelors in history and anthropology. He is currently an MLIS student at Wayne State University and hopes to earn an Information Management Certificate along with his masters. He currently works in the Wayne State library system as a Student Assistant. His interests are in archives and in helping libraries reach out to patrons using digital technology.
Sara Quimby
As a Wayne State University IMLS student intern at the Michigan Opera Theatre, Sara worked with the data management system, streamlining metadata to create better access for patrons of the library and archives. Sara also wrote finding aids and digitization workflows for three collections. Her interests include library and archive technical services, art librarianship, and collection management. Sara completed her MLIS in August 2009 at Wayne State University.
Ben Richardson
Ben RichardsonBen moved to Detroit from Minnesota to be a student at the Wayne State School of Library and Information Science where he was part of an IMLS Grant that allowed him to acquire real world experience in conjunction with his education. He served at cultural institutions such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as the University of Wayne State’s Undergraduate Library. At the MOT, Ben handled digital rights management by securing permissions to display copyrighted material, digitized and cataloging archival material, and implemented the KOHA Integrated Library System.
Gladys Santiago
Gladys Santiago is an WSU IMLS Intern, and was one of the main creators for the information found in the PAST performance search.
Ty Stevenson
Ty StevensonTy Stevenson was born and educated in Detroit, Mi. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's in Medieval & Early Modern Studies in 2003. Currently she attends Wayne State University and is completing a dual Master's program: Library and Information Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies. Other interests include graphic design and media production. She currently works with student organizations to help plan and promote various campus activities at Wayne State. She volunteered to work with the Allesee Library at the MOT assisting with digital archiving and using Archivist Toolkit to help organize the collection.
Joseph Weber
Joseph Weber is a WSU IMLS intern, and did extensive work organizing the MOT audio collections for future digitization.
Joshua Wicks
Joshua WicksJoshua Wicks is a traditionally enrolled local student completing his 1st year of MLIS studies at Wayne State University. His undergraduate degree, a B.A. in History is from Wayne State University. An interest in automotive and labor history led Joshua to undergraduate research for his undergraduate Capstone course at the Reuther Library and Benson Ford Research center where he developed a fondness of preservation and archives. This interest in preservation led Joshua to contact the Allesee for the opportunity to gain experience with their range of materials and the use of open source software used for their digital initiative. Joshua is thankful for the relationship between Wayne State University and the Allesee Dance and Opera Resource Library and is personally and professionally enjoying the benefits of this collaboration.
Eleanor Wong
Eleanor WongIntern Eleanor Wong attends Kalamazoo College during the school year, where she studies music. Her primary instrument is harp, which she has played for nine years. She has played in a number of youth, school, and community orchestras. This summer while working at Allesee, Eleanor categorized scores and recordings, scanned programs, and worked with dance books in the Koha system. Eleanor will graduate from Kalamazoo in 2012 and then hopes to study either music history or ethnomusicology in graduate school.
Elizabeth Zerwekh
Elizabeth ZerwekhElizabeth graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts with a BA in Comparative Literature and after a long period of time which included running a law office and raising a family, she enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University and specialized in Special Libraries. Simultaneously, she began categorizing and original cataloging in a large private library for a local major book collector. When the call came for help needed for the MOT Library, she volunteered to help and began working on the Archives using Archivist's Toolkit. She is on the path to learning even more technologies that will mutually benefit her and MOT.
Peter Zubulake
Peter ZubulakePeter Zubulake is a graduate of Central Michigan University. He has a Bachelors of Music Education (1995) and a Masters of Music Performance (2008). He is currently working on a Masters of Science in Information specializing in preservation of analog and digital media at the University of Michigan. His work experience encompasses 15 years in a variety of settings, ranging from K-12 music instruction to working in a number of classical music record retailers. Peter's primary career interests lie in recorded sound preservation which led him to an internship at the Allesee Dance and Opera Resource Library in 2011. Key duties to be performed include scanning a collection of 35 mm slides from opera productions and digitization of audiovisual materials from MOT's archive.
Interested in volunteering at the MOT Library?
The MOT library is continually accepting new volunteers to assist in running the library and digitizing new materials.

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact library director Dr. Tim Lentz.

Interested in volunteering at the MOT Library for credit?
Wayne State University's School of Library and Information Science has arranged to host continuing MLIS students for 135-hour (3 credit) on-site practicum positions.

For more information, please contact WSU's School of Library and Information Science.



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