Panel with Virginia Danielson (NYU Abu Dhabi), Roberta L. Dougherty (Yale University)
Virginia Danielson is the Director of Libraries at New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus. She previously served as the Richard F. French Librarian of the Loeb Music Library at Harvard University and the Curator of the University’s Archive of World Music. An ethnomusicologist by training, Danielson is the author of the award-winning monograph ‘The Voice of Egypt:’ Umm Kulthum, Arabic Song and Egyptian Society in the 20th Century (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997) and co-editor of The Middle East, volume 6 of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (New York: Routledge, 2002). She holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Illinois. She has worked extensively on producing digital resources for scholarly use and in her current incarnation, she is a principal investigator for Arabic Collections Online, a collaborative digital book project.
Robin Dougherty is the Librarian for Middle East Studies and Curator for the Near East Collection. She has a B.A. in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and a Master of Information and Library Studies from the University of Michigan. She has most recently served as the Middle Eastern Studies Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin and has also held library posts at the American University in Cairo, Oxford University, the Library of Congress, and the University of Pennsylvania. She has an extensive record of publication and leadership in her field and the ability to work with Arabic, Persian, and Turkish materials. She has also studied ancient Egyptian and Coptic.
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