John Shepard
Head, Hargrove Music Library

I started in 2009 as Head of the Hargrove Music Library. I came to Berkeley from Rutgers University, where I served for four years on the New Brunswick Libraries Faculty as Music & Performing Arts Librarian. Prior to September 2004, I was on the staff of the Music Division of the New York Public Library Research Libraries for almost 33 years. For my final 18 years there I was Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts in the Music Division and Curator of its Toscanini Memorial Archives. While at NYPL, I curated six exhibitions (1974-95), directed an NEH preservation and access project (1988-90) and organized the annual lectures of the Toscanini Memorial Archives, but I still remember as my most thrilling experience the 8 months in 1983 when I was the ad hoc curator of Igor Stravinsky’s papers while they were deposited at NYPL — and made available for research — during litigation by heirs to the composer’s estate.