At the recent Music Library Association’s annual conference in Atlanta the MLA Citation was awarded to James P. Cassaro, Head of the University of Pittsburgh’s Theodore M. Finney Music Library and Assistant Professor of Music. The MLA Citation is the Association’s tribute for lifetime achievement and is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to music librarianship over a career. Citation recipients become Honorary Members of the Music Library Association.
Jim Cassaro has occupied many of the most important roles in MLA, including President, Notes Editor-in-chief, Treasurer, Fiscal Officer, and Development Officer. He has earned a reputation serving in all these capacities with thoughtfulness, personal commitment, and distinctive flair. The Citation praises Jim for the many facets of his work as librarian and scholar.
“… a consummate music librarian, he has left his mark on several of the most significant music collections and published key texts targeted at music librarians. As a scholar, he has produced musicological scholarship and critical editions in a wide variety of fields including the French Baroque and 19th century Italian opera. He has served in a number of scholarly associations providing a vital link between the fields of musicology and music librarianship.”
Those familiar with Jim’s work in the Music Library know first hand how well deserved the MLA’s praise is. We are fortunate to have such a distinguished librarian, scholar, and educator in our midst. The next time you are in the Music Library, stop by Jim’s office and congratulate him on being recognized for outstanding achievement in music librarianship!