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Meet the Problem Solvers: Lingwei Qiu, Library Assistant for Print Music

What does a Library Assistant for Print Music do?

I am a library assistant and work on special material: music scores at the Loeb Music Library. I am managed by ITS (this is Harvard Library’s centralized Information and Technical Services department), but in general, I work with this library directly for print music acquisitions and cataloging. Most of the cataloging work is copy cataloging, but I also work on the original cataloging for some Asian language materials. Besides these, I add music journals to the collection on a daily basis.

How long have you been in this position?

I have been in this position for 15 years.

Have you always done this job at the Music Library or did you start in a different position?

This is the only job I have worked at the Music Library.

What’s your favorite thing about the Music Library?

My favorite thing about the Music Library is the challenge and opportunity. The challenge helps you to understand your current limits and how far you can expand them. The opportunity allows you to create a path towards expanding said limits. The most memorable moment for me was when I was asked to take notes at one of my first staff meetings. I had only been on the job for a few months, I was not able to speak fluent English and did not understand most of workflows in the library. However, I made it with the help of a friendly colleague. I was very appreciative of this and it made me believe that I could do more for the library in the future.

What project are you most proud of that you’ve worked on in the Music Library?

The project I am most proud of that I have worked on in the Music Library is not directly connected with my job, but it was only possible because I worked at the Music Library. 2015 was the centennial anniversary of Chinese piano music, and I curated an exhibition on this topic. I used my experience in working with music materials and the foundation of my Chinese cultural background (especially Chinese piano music) to introduce a unique cultural and musical world to the Harvard community. It was very successful. The Harvard Gazette reported on the exhibition. In March 2016, pianists George Li and Alex Beyer played some works from the exhibition, transferring and transforming its contents from paper to sound.

Do you have any non-work projects completed or ongoing that you are proud of and would like to share?

I recently wrote a biography of the Chinese-American composer Lei Liang, a Rome Prize winner and 2021 Grawemeyer Award recipient. In the tumultuous year that was 2020, it was finally published as a significant part of the book Confluence of a Hundred Streams (written in Chinese), published by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Press.

Where do you find comfort and strength in a scary and unknown time?

As a music lover and a pianist, music has always been my comfort and peace amongst the chaos. To me, it brings happiness and hope.

What do you love most about your work?

Working with all kinds of music and constantly being able to learn more.

 

Lingwei Qiu is wearing a black and white top. She is holding a red score by Lei Liang entitled A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams.

Lingwei Qiu in the Technical Services workroom following a 2019 class presentation on the music of Lei Liang.

Thank you to Joe Kinzer, Senior Curatorial Assistant in the Archive of World Music, for contributing this post.

Meet the Problem Solvers: Sandi-Jo Malmon, Librarian for Collection Development and Interim Director

What does a Library Director/Collection Development Librarian do?

My job is both Collection Development and the management of the Music library, as Interim Director. As Collection Development librarian, I look at our collection through a creative lens. I search for opportunities to not only collect music by composers whose works are widely recorded and performed, but also those who are lesser known. To shine the spotlight on new contemporary composers from around the world is a great privilege.

As Interim Director, I manage overall responsibilities for the library including budget, collections, and programs that support research and teaching activities. I encourage and support the staff to be the best contributors they can be. We have a great team and I am really proud of the work we are doing together.

What’s your favorite thing about the Music Library?

There are so many things I love about the Music Library but what first comes to mind are the collections. Music represents a deep form of communication and to see the gathering of our diverse history is mind-boggling in its rich complexity.

Sandi-Jo Malmon stands in front of a table holding an oblong manuscript score. She is wearing glasses and a red sweater.

Sandi-Jo receiving antiquarian purchase of Gioachino Rossini’s original manuscripts of one of his most enduring operas, “William Tell.” Strangely, the manuscript is missing the most famous part of this opera: the overture, familiar from its ubiquitous borrowings, for example the opening theme of the Lone Ranger and in the 1948 Looney Tunes classic, “Bugs Bunny Rides Again.” Merritt Mus 795.1.667.2. Reproduced by permission of the Harvard Crimson. Photographer: Steve S. Li.

Do you have a favorite memory from your time in the Music Library?

One day years ago in the first floor work room, many of the staff members gathered to dance the Macarena! It was hilarious because we were all so different, but we had a total blast learning the dance together. I still laugh when I think about that memory!

Who are you when you aren’t at the Music Library? 

When I am not working in the Library I work as a cellist. I particularly enjoy studying and performing chamber music, especially string quartets. I’ve been really lucky to play in a professional quartet called Aryaloka String Quartet and in the Kaleidoscope Trio, as well as the Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble, for many years, which had its debut in Lincoln Center in the early 90’s.

Where do you find comfort and strength in a scary and unknown time?

I am finding tremendous comfort in how connected my extended family is. I have four sisters and, believe it or not, I am the quietest of the bunch. We laugh a lot. My sisters, along with my many nieces and nephews, have made managing this difficult time easier. I am also fortunate to be in a long and loving marriage.

What do you love most about your work?

What I love most about my work is doing the research to discover the depth of diversity within our discipline. It will be a great challenge to make these works freely accessible. I also love the great synergy at the Music Library. We are greater than the sum of our parts!

Four musicians are smiling and holding their instruments: two violins, a viola and a cello.

The Aryaloka String Quartet, featuring Sandi-Jo Malmon on cello. Photograph by Susan Wilson.

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