Deborah Campana

  • Head, Conservatory Library
  • Director, Division of Musicology


  • BM, music theory, Ohio University, 1976
  • PhD, music theory, Northwestern University, 1985
  • MA, library science, University of Chicago, 1987


Prior to coming to Oberlin, Deborah Campana served as public services librarian at the music library of Northwestern University. Other positions at Northwestern included acting head of the music library, as well as assistant dean for undergraduate studies and lecturer in musicology.

Campana has served on the boards of the Music Library Association (MLA), the International Association of Music Libraries-US, and the American Music Center/New Music USA.

She is chair of the MLA Publications Committee and represents MLA on the advisory panel to Grove Music Online. She is the former editor of MLA’s quarterly journal, Notes; the MLA Index and Bibliography Series and coeditor of the MLA Basic Manual Series.

Campana’s research on information flow, library administration, and the music of John Cage appears in journals including Notes, Fontes Artis Musicae, Interface, and Perspectives of New Music; book chapters published by University of Chicago Press, Bucknell University Press, and Oxford University; and encyclopedia articles in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music (second edition).


Deborah Campana Gives Lecture

January 22, 2019

Deborah Campana, head of the Conservatory Library, gave a lecture at Kendal at Oberlin related to her photography exhibit, Sighting & Resighting. The exhibit, which features photographs from annual road trips to and from Santa Fe, NM, and daily trips into Oberlin, is on view in the Kendal Friends Gallery through February 24, 2019.

Deborah Campana Presents

January 25, 2017

Deborah Campana, head of the conservatory library, presented a paper, "Free in the Ether: Digital Scores for Music Research," at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society held in Vancouver in November 2016. Under the auspices of the Music Library Association as the editor of their journal, Notes, she also hosted a conference reception to acknowledge author contributions.

Deborah Campana Appointed Editor of Music Library Association Journal

April 9, 2015

At the annual meeting of the Music Library Association held in Denver in late February, Conservatory Librarian Deborah Campana was appointed to a five-year term (beginning in July) as the new editor of the association's journal, Notes. During the meeting, she completed a term as co-editor of the MLA Basic Manual Series and participated on a panel exploring issues related to the association’s three monographic series.

In addition, while recently visiting Spain, Campana met with librarians in two music conservatories, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) in Barcelona, and Musikene, Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco in San Sebastian.

Deborah Campana Presents Paper

August 18, 2014

Conservatory Librarian Deborah Campana presented the paper, “From the Virtual to the Sublime: special collections come to the Oberlin Conservatory Library,” at the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres, IAML ANTWERP 2014, held at the Royal Conservatoire, Antwerp, Belgium, deSingel International Arts Campus on July 15.