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Personal profile

Personal profile

Rachel Fox Von Swearingen is the subject librarian for music and performing arts at Syracuse University Libraries. She holds a B.M. in music theory from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and  a M.L.I.S. from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Rachel is an active member of the Music Library Association, currently serving as a Member At Large for the MLA board (2018-2020) in addition to previously serving as the Music Industry and Arts Management Interest Group Coordinator and the chair of the New York State/Ontario chapter of the association. Her research interests include data-driven collection development and music information literacy.


Library and Information Science, M.L.I.S., Kent State University

Award Date: Aug 15 2005

Music Theory, B.M., Ohio University

Award Date: Jun 9 2001

Research Interests

  • music librarianship
  • collection development
  • information literacy
  • music education
  • library science
  • higher education
  • performing arts education
  • dance education

Research Output


Data-Driven Decision Making

Rachel Fox von Swearingen (Invited speaker)

Nov 7 2018

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Data-Driven Music Score Approval Plans: Working with data and vendors to get what you need

Rachel Fox von Swearingen (Speaker) & Winston Barham (Speaker)

Feb 2 2018

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Member at Large, Music Library Association

Rachel Fox von Swearingen (Participant)


Activity: Other activity typesOther

Can Your Students Get Jobs? Library Help for Music Students' Career Preparation

Rachel Fox von Swearingen (Speaker), Veronica Wells (Speaker) & Marci Cohen (Speaker)

Mar 4 2016

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation