New appointments in the Archive of Recorded Sound

January 23, 2019
Victrola, ARS Collection (detail)

The Archive of Recorded Sound announces two new appointments.

Frank FerkoFrank Ferko, Sound Archives Librarian, has accepted the newly created position of Sound Archives Metadata Librarian. This will give the Archive a position solely devoted to describing the wide variety of materials in its collection of nearly 500,000 items. This will include the preparation of archival finding aids, MARC cataloging records, and metadata for digital files. Frank brings a wealth of cataloging and metadata experience to this position as a cataloger at Northwestern University, Westminster Choir College, the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford. In addition to his library career, he has an equally demanding career as a prolific composer and organist. His works are regularly recorded and performed around the world. He has degrees in piano and organ performance from Valparaiso University, music theory from Syracuse University, and a D.MA. degree in composition from Northwestern University.

Image of Nathan CoyNathan Coy has been appointed as the new Sound Archives Librarian. This position is responsible for public services and reference, assisting in collection development, managing the flow of items for digitization, and the preparation of archival finding aids. Nathan is the Audio Digitization Specialist at the Stanford Media Preservation Lab where he has been responsible for the digitization and preservation of a wide variety of acoustic and digital sound recordings since 2013. Nathan first came to Stanford University from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he worked on the digitization of cylinders for the Library of Congress National Jukebox project. Before entering the library world, he worked at KCHO/KFPR in Chico as the Jazz Director and as a sound engineer. He has degrees in recording arts and music composition from California State University, Chico and a MLS and Certificate in Archives Records Management, and Preservation from Queens College of the City University of New York.

Both positions will take effect on February 18. Plans are underway to provide a smooth transition for both the Media Lab and Archive as Nathan and Frank shift into these new roles so that services will be able to continue without interruption as much as possible. Staff with questions about how services may be affected by the transition may contact Hannah Frost about the Media Lab and Jerry McBride about the Archive.