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Rachel Smiley worked at AMDA New York before joining the AMDA Los Angeles Library team as its Director and recently becoming the Senior Director for both campus libraries. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music focusing on Vocal Performance, from Scripps College and CSU Long Beach, respectively, as well as a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute. Rachel grew up in Texas and then lived in California, New York, and New Jersey before coming back to California in 2018. Rachel has been increasingly active in performing arts educational institutions, recently joining the board of the Theatre Library Association (TLA) and working on a joint conference of TLA and MLA (Music Library Association) in 2021. Feel free to ask Rachel about performing arts librarianship, conservatory or college library services and instruction, or anything really!
Abbey Thompson has a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from UC Santa Barbara (2000) and two Masters degrees from UNC Chapel Hill in Music History and Library Science (2006 and 2008). Abbey's career in performing arts libraries has taken her from coast to coast: she was the Collection Services Manager for the music library at Princeton University in New Jersey and head of the music library for Northern Illinois University. A California native, she has since lived in seven different states and two countries; she's thrilled to finally be back home in the Golden State! In her spare time, Abbey still loves to perform in both classical and musical theater venues. She's always happy to help you track down hard-to-find repertoire and can be consulted on any kind of research question.
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