2021-22 MLStEP Board Officers & Liaisons
Geo Flores, Chair
Geo Flores earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas, Brownsville and Master of Music from the University of Texas, San Antonio before enlisting in the Army National Guard. While still serving in the Guard as a lieutenant in the Signal Corps, Flores taught elementary music in Houston before deciding to pursue librarianship. In November 2019, Flores began working for Baylor University as the music cataloger for the Crouch Fine Arts Library. Since then, Flores earned his Master of Library Science in Music Librarianship from the University of North Texas, and served as MLStEP’s Texas Chapter Liaison before becoming Chair of MLStEP.
Contact Geo by email here.
Alessandra Hollowell, Membership Officer
Alessandra is the circulation manager at the Albert Alphin Library, located at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon Clark Honors College (’16, ’17) with a Bachelor’s of Music in clarinet performance and a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology. She is also a graduate of the Boston Conservatory (’19) with a Master’s of Music in clarinet performance. Alessandra is currently attending Simmons University to obtain a master’s in library science. Her interests lie in reference service, combating disinformation, and engaging students in diverse information sources. In her free time, Alessandra loves playing video games, cooking, and reading.
Contact Alessandra by email here.
Michelle Rivera, Programming Officer
Michelle Rivera is a Music Library Specialist at the University of Notre Dame. She received her BM and MM from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MLIS is in progress through the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She was the 2021 MLStEP Membership Officer. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame.)
Contact Michelle by email here.
Emma Clarkson, Web Technologies Officer
Emma Clarkson (she/her) completed her MLIS in June 2022 at the University of Washington, where she was the 2021-22 Dirks Preservation Intern at the UW Libraries, as well as a Digital Preservation Student Specialist. She has a BA in English from Yale and a background in arts administration and stage management. An amateur violinist and baroque violinist, she has found a variety of projects at the intersection of music and librarianship, from volunteering for the Vocal Music Instrumentation Index to a Capstone project cataloging historic 78rpm Mozart sound recordings.
Emma maintains the MLStEP Gig List, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as this site. Contact her by email here, or use this form to submit a post or feedback to the blog.
Emily Colucci, New England Liaison
Emily Marie Colucci (she/her/hers) (M.L.I.S., B.S. Music) grew up in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, where she studied the classical guitar using the Suzuki Method. In the fall of 2012, she moved to Rockville Centre, New York, to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in Music, with a concentration in Classical Guitar Performance, from Molloy University in spring 2015. Emily studied classical guitar for a solid twenty years by the time she graduated in 2017. While working towards her M.L.I.S. at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, in Kingston, Rhode Island, that same year, she pursued two internships within music libraries in academic library settings. Both internships enabled her nurture her love for cataloging and digitizing audiovisual materials. Emily currently works as a Library Assistant in Access Services within the George & Helen Ladd Library at Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, where she has been for the last 5 years. Among her responsibilities in the Circulation and Audio/Video departments, she continues to engage happily in music-cataloging projects, digitization projects, and projects enhancing the workflow processes for collection development of audiovisual and music resources. With the combination of Emily’s education and professional experiences working in the field, Emily aspires to further her career in music cataloging.
Contact Emily by email here.
Sarah Mason, Greater New York Liaison
Sarah Mason is a music librarian at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and a recent graduate of Indiana University’s Library Science program with a specialization in music librarianship. She is currently attending classes to earn a second master’s degree, in musicology, in addition to working full-time. Having worked in many areas of librarianship throughout her career, Sarah has experience in reference, circulation, instruction, outreach, public services, collection development, cataloging and metadata, audiovisual preservation, archives, and rare books and special collections, many of which are served in her current position at Westminster Choir College. Sarah received her undergraduate degree in music, and continues to perform in various ensembles in her spare time.
Contact Sarah by email here.
Maria Souliotis, Mountain Plains Chapter Liaison
Maria Souliotis (pronounced “so-lee-oh-tis”; she/her/hers) is the Mountain-Plains Chapter Liaison. She is currently an Instructor of Library Services at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK, where she serves as the university’s Music Librarian. Maria holds an MLS from Texas Woman’s University and an MA in Musicology from the University of Denver. Her research interests include narratives in music, film, and the written word, as well as topics related to Ethnomusicology. She seeks an interdisciplinary approach to librarianship and enjoys collaborating with professionals from a variety of academic backgrounds.
Contact Maria by email here.
Vivian Teresa Tompkins, Midwest Chapter Liaison
Vivian Teresa Tompkins (she/her/hers) is the MLStEP Chapter Liaison for the Midwest Chapter of MLA. Originally from Greenville, S.C., Vivian is currently a student in the Musicology PhD program at Northwestern University. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University (2021), an MSt in Music (Musicology) from the University of Oxford (2018), and a BA in Music from Furman University (2017). Her research interests center on women’s music-making in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, and on the use of digital tools and platforms to make materials related to women musicians more accessible. Vivian hopes to combine her interests in music librarianship and the digital humanities by working as a digital scholarship librarian.
Contact Vivian by email here.
Becca Fülöp, Atlantic Chapter Liaison
Becca Fülöp holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Michigan (2012) and dual MLIS/MAS degrees from the University of British Columbia (2020). She began her position as Performing Arts Librarian at Temple University in 2022, where she serves as liaison to the music, theater, and dance departments and oversees the Beyond the Notes concert series. Before beginning her library career she taught musicology at the University of Michigan and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In her free time Becca enjoys running, choral singing, counted cross stitch, and hula dancing.
Contact Becca by email here.
Janet Hilts, Pacific Northwest Chapter Liaison
Janet Hilts (she/her) is an MLIS student at the University of British Columbia. She has an MA from York University in ethnomusicology and popular music studies and a BA from Carleton University in music. Her wide-ranging involvement in music has included community radio music programming and playing the violin and viola. She has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World and has done a practicum with RILM Canada. Her current music librarianship interests include instruction and music information literacy, music information retrieval and digital tools for music research, and special collections and AV archival management. These days she is learning contemporary information practices and protocols in support of Indigenous initiatives, including initiatives to reclaim ethnographic sound recordings from colonial collecting institutions. As well, she will soon begin developing a resource that identifies Canadian BIPOC composers and their publishers, which can be used by librarians looking to diversify music collections.
Contact Janet by email here.
David Floyd, New York – Ontario Chapter Liaison
David Floyd (he/him) was born into a musical family in Knoxville, Tennessee. Seeing his relatives sing, play instruments, and dance drew him to the performing arts at an early age. Growing up dancing, acting, and playing clarinet, he chose to study music in college, earning a BM in clarinet performance and music theory from the University of Tennessee in 2017. After graduating, he moved to New Jersey to pursue graduate studies in music theory at Rutgers University. There, he worked simultaneously as a part-time lecturer of music theory and as a library reference and instruction assistant. In 2019, he moved to Illinois to pursue his MS/LIS degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he works as a graduate assistant in the Music and Performing Arts Library. In his spare time, he can be found learning to play the guitar, playing video games, and baking pies.
Contact David by email here.
Southeast Chapter Liaison: Open Position
California Chapter Liaison: Open Position