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About Susannah Cleveland

Susannah Cleveland received her M.M. in Musicology and M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas in Denton and her B.M. in Music History from Baylor University. Her research interests include non-textual description of music materials, popular music collections in academic libraries, and music librarianship. Her publications include chapters in A Basic Music Library, 4th ed. (forthcoming from American Library Association) and articles in Music Reference Services Quarterly, The ARSC Journal, and NOTES: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association. With Joe C. Clark, she is the co-editor of the book, Careers in Music Librarianship III: Reality and Reinvention from A-R Editions.
She is active in the Music Library Association, including membership on the Board of Directors (Member at Large, 2010-2012), the Web Advisory Committee (2007-), the Career Development and Services Committee (2007-2010), the Preservation Committee (2003-2007, 2011-2015), and the Information Sharing Subcommittee (2002-2006). She was MLA’s Placement Officer from 2007-2010 and the Development Officer from 2013-2017. She is currently the Vice President/President-elect.


Present Chair, Archival Collections and Branches, Bowling Green State University University Libraries
Present Head, Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, Bowling Green State University University Libraries
Development Officer, Music Library Association

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Best of Volume Award for: Evans, Gwen, and Susannah Cleveland. “Moody Blues: The Social Web, Tagging, and Non-Textual Discovery Tools for Music.” Music Reference Services Quarterly 11, no. 3/4 (2008): 177-201.
  • Kevin Freeman Travel Grant, Music Library Association, 1997.


  • MUCT 6020 Music Research

Music Librarianship (4)

Nontextual Discovery (2)

Presentations (6)