Catherine Pellegrino

c_pellegrino [at] world [dot] oberlin [dot] edu

Library Experience

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 returning faculty to encourage them to work with the library 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.
  • 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
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.
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.
    • Provided course-integrated library instruction for classes in a variety of departments.
    • Provided a full range of reference services, including in-person, phone, email, and virtual reference service.
    • Planned and coordinated library-wide open house for new first-year students, involving all public service departments.
    • Supervised two part-time graduate assistants who supported the instruction program.
  • Acquisitions: Designed and implemented a project to project future trends in bundled serial package pricing.
    • Collected historical data on expenditures for bundled serial packages.
    • Designed a database to store the historical data.
    • Projected 3, 5, and 10-year scenarios for serials expenditures given current inflation rates.
  • Library Development: Collaborated with the Development staff to launch and sustain the Libraries’ capital campaign
    • Developed and built a website for the Development office and Friends of the Library, with a distinctive graphic presence for those departments and the capital campaign.
    • Wrote and published a set of human-interest pieces on specific donors and their stories.
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.
  • Provided virtual reference service using’s Virtual Reference Desk system.
  • Assisted with bibliographic 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.
  • Provided virtual reference service using’s Virtual Reference Desk system.
  • 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. May 2004
University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill
Emphasis in reference, instruction, database design, and web design
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 send email to c_pellegrino [at] world [dot] oberlin [dot] edu.

PDF version of this document, prepared for a ridiculous administrative request on May 20, 2015.