February 17, 2018

Davis Erin Anderson | Movers & Shakers 2012 — Change Agents

Music to Her Ears

Davis Erin Anderson Movers & Shakers 2012


Music Rental and Licensing Librarian
Boosey & Hawkes Inc., New York

MLIS (in progress), Pratt Institute, New York, expected 2012

SLA-NY Student Swing


Photo by Luke Redmond

Librarianship is a family business for Davis Erin Anderson— one she initially spurned. “I tried to rebel for a time by exploring music,” says the trained musician who got her first master’s degree in French horn performance in 2005.

But a music library changed all that: in 2007, she began working in inventory management and acquisitions in the collection of Boosey & Hawkes, the world’s largest specialist classical music publishing company. For the last year, she’s been a music rental and licensing librarian there, working with some 6000 orchestras and symphonies. She’s also been wrapping up an MLS at New York’s Pratt Institute, where she is the president of SLA@Pratt, the school’s chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA).

Her double life makes Anderson perfect at bridging the gap between the worlds of school and work, says SLA-NY’s Clara Cabrera, a research and reference specialist at law firm WilmerHale. A key example is the SLA-NY Student Swing at Poets House Anderson and Cabrera organized in 2010, a panel discussion among library school students that helped shed light on their studies and what awaits them postgraduation.

A copyright specialist and member of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), Davis was also integral in organizing the ASIST-sponsored Copy/Right(?), a symposium held at Pratt that explored the influence of copyright, creative commons, and issues of fair use in conjunction with emerging technologies in library and information sciences.

“Whatever my future holds,” says Anderson, who still performs live music, “I hope it includes lots of music and many opportunities to interact with folks of many different points of view—my ultimate goal is to keep thinking about new, exciting, and practical ways to connect people with information.”