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Philip Ponella

Jacobs School of Music/University Libraries

Expert Bio

Philip Ponella is the Wennerstrom-Phillips Music Library director and director of Music Information Technology Services at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. There he oversees all aspects of library operations, technology support and digital initiatives. He coordinates the Specialization in Music Librarianship offered through the Department of Library and Information Science in the IU Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, and he teaches courses in music bibliography and music librarianship.

Previously he was director of academic technology at the University of Rochester, and director of technology and music production at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to leading technology, he taught several technology-related courses in the Institute for Music Leadership. ​

He holds master’s degrees in both music and library science, and he has presented at regional, national and international conferences. He has received awards from the Surdna Foundation, the H.W. Wilson Company and the Music Library Association. He has served on several national and international committees, including the Copyright, Preservation and Public Access Task Force of the Library of Congress’ National Recorded Sound Preservation Plan; and grant review panels for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Areas of Expertise

Music, libraries, digital libraries, digital pedagogy, online teaching and learning, administrative leadership.