Catherine Pellegrino

Library Experience

January 2018 – March 2019 Interim Library Director
Cushwa-Leighton Library, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
  • Responsible for all duties of the library director, including supervising 9 librarians and staff, overseeing the library’s operating and restricted budgets, and representing the library to the college administration.
  • Major initiatives that the librarians and staff completed during the 15-month period included:
    • Withdrew from our existing local library consortium with the University of Notre Dame and joined the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI).
    • Migrated our ILS from Ex Libris’ Aleph to OCLC’s WorldShare Management System (WMS).
    • Merged the Cushwa-Leighton Library with the college’s Information Technology department, in coordination with the Chief Information Officer and a steering committee of library staff, IT staff, other campus staff, and faculty.
    • In collaboration with Information Technology, brought a capital funding proposal to move the bound periodical collection to compact shelving, recapturing 50% of the floor space in the library’s lower level, and to install new, tech-enhanced study furniture and spaces into the recaptured space.
    • Launched the first wholesale redesign of the library’s web presence in a decade.
    • Launched a search for a college archivist, a position that had been vacant for two years.
2008-present Reference Librarian / Instruction Coordinator
Cushwa-Leighton Library, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
  • Coordinate and provide leadership for information literacy activities of the library, including:
    • Provide information literacy instruction to courses in the curriculum.
    • Do outreach to new and continuing faculty to encourage them to collaborate with liaison librarians on research assignments.
    • Advocate for information literacy throughout the college curriculum.
  • Liaison to academic departments for instruction and collection development:
    • Communication, Dance, and Theatre
    • Humanistic Studies
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Environmental Studies (instruction only)
    • Religious Studies (instruction only)
  • Coordinator for the Critical Thinking (First-Year) Seminar, a campus-wide faculty position (2013-2018).
  • Team leader for Reference & Instruction team, comprised of four public services librarians.
  • Participate in providing a full range of reference services, including in-person, email, phone, and virtual reference service.
  • Participate in faculty governance through committee service; highlights include:
    • Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable: 2009-2015; chair 2014-15
    • Assessment Committee: 2011-13
    • Institutional Review Board: 2010-current
    • Grievance Committee: 2015-18
    • Faculty Assembly Executive Committee (Secretary): 2017-18
2006-2007 Librarian Fellow
Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL)
Cushwa-Leighton Library, Saint Mary’s College
  • Coordinated and completed a one-year project to build the library’s collections in support of the mission of the Center, including:
    • Consulted with faculty in Women’s Studies, Intercultural Studies, and related departments to identify subject areas relevant to the project.
    • In consultation with faculty, prioritized purchase lists.
    • Prepared documentation, including annotated bibliographies, to publicize and increase usage of the new materials.
  • Results: After ten years, 77% of the books acquired as part of the project had circulated at least once, and 52% had circulated at least twice. For randomly-selected books acquired in the same year that were not part of the project, 60% had circulated at least once and 38% had circulated at least twice.
2004-2006 NCSU Libraries Fellow
Reference, Acquisitions, and Development Departments
D. H. Hill Library, North Carolina State University
  • Reference: Assisted Librarian for Instruction and Undergraduate Research in providing library instruction and supporting the department’s instruction program.
  • Acquisitions: Designed and implemented a project to project 3-, 5-, and 10-year scenarios for bundled serial package pricing, given historical inflation rates.
  • Library Development: Collaborated with the Development staff to launch and sustain the Libraries’ capital campaign, including building a website for the Development Office, and writing a set of human-interest pieces on specific donors.
2002-2004 Carolina Academic Library Associate
Serials/Web Graduate Assistant

Music Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Managed a collection of over 200 active serial subscriptions.
  • Cataloged music scores from copy on OCLC.
  • Trained and supervised student assistants in retrospective tattle-taping project.
  • Assisted in moving the entire library collection into newly renovated space in summer 2003.
2003-2004 Reference Graduate Assistant
D.H. Hill Library, North Carolina State University
  • Assisted patrons at the reference desk and via chat reference.
  • Assisted with library instruction sessions for undergraduates in various courses.
2000-2002 Library Assistant
Natural Resources Library, North Carolina State University
  • Assisted patrons at the circulation/reference desk.
  • Managed reserve collection of over 300 titles and over 40 courses.
  • Maintained web pages, converting many to standards-compliant XHTML.

Teaching Experience

1999-2000 Visiting Instructor of Music, The University of the South (Sewanee)

  • Taught undergraduate courses in music appreciation and advanced music theory.

1997-98 Visiting Instructor of Music Theory, Oberlin College

  • Taught full load (3 courses per term) of undergraduate courses in music theory.

1994-97 Part-Time Acting Instructor in Music, Yale University

  • Taught undergraduate courses in music theory and musicianship (ear-training) skills.


M.S.L.S. 2004
University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill
Thesis: Reference interview strategies in virtual (“chat”) reference: Effect of open questions
Ph.D. 1999
Yale University Music Theory; Dissertation: Formalist Analysis in the Context of Postmodern Aesthetics: The Music of John Adams as a Case Study
B. Mus. 1992
Oberlin College Majors in Clarinet Performance and Music Theory

Publications & Presentations

Professional Affiliations

Full contact information and references are available upon request; please contact