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).