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Rebecca Belford

Rebecca Belford

Music Cataloger/Reference Librarian

105 Baird Hall, Music Library
North Campus
(716) 645-0615


M.A., Musicology, University at Buffalo, 2008
M.L.S., University at Buffalo, 2007
A.B., Philosophy, Vassar College, 2001




My reponsibilities at the UB Libraries include cataloging of music formats, reference and research consults, creating and maintaining music-related research guides, and collection development for music formats.


Subject / Course Guides

Research / Service Area

My primary research interests are related to the current and future discoverability of and access to music materials. These include assessment and enhancement of access to music-related material in library discovery tools, access and description of dissertations that include creative works, and description and preservation concerns of nontraditionally-notated music/mixed media works.

Peer-reviewed articles

Belford, Rebecca. "Author-Supplied Metadata for Music Composition Dissertations in ProQuest." College Music Symposium 55.

Belford, Rebecca. "Evaluating Library Discovery Tools through a Music Lens." Library Resources & Technical Services 58, no. 1 (January 2014): 49-72.

Newcomer, Nara L., Rebecca Belford, Deb Kulczak, Kimmy Szeto, Jennifer Matthews, and Misti Shaw. "Music Discovery Requirements: A Guide to Optimizing Interfaces." Notes 69 no. 3 (March 2013): 494-524. (OA via UMKC IR,

Selected Presentations, Conference Proceedings, and Newsletter Articles

Approaching WorldCat Discovery: Early Responses from the Music Library Community.” Music OCLC Users Group annual conference, March 1, 2016, Cincinnati, Ohio.

"Filling in the Gaps: Interim Collection Development at the University at Buffalo Music Library." Presentation at New York State/Ontario chapter, Music Library Association annual conference, October 17, 2014, Rochester, New York.

Belford, Rebecca, Tracey Snyder, and Kevin M. Randall. "Discovering Music: Small-Scale, Web-Scale, Facets and Beyond." Serials Librarian: From the Printed Page to the Digital Age 66, no. 1-4 (2014): 174-181.

"Composers as Catalogers? Access to Music Dissertations in ProQuest." Poster session. Music Library Association annual conference, February 28, 2014, Atlanta, Georgia.

"A Swamp of Pseudonyms: The Expanding Authority Record of Livingston Gearhart." Lightning talk, Music OCLC Users Group annual conference, February 26, 2014, Atlanta, Georgia.

“WorldCat Local Enhancement Recommendations for Music,” MOUG Newsletter 111 (September 2012): 8-14.

"Music Cataloging Education for the Future." Music Library Association annual conference, February 17, 2012, Dallas, Texas.

"Customizing VuFind at the UB Libraries." Lightning talk, Music Library Association annual conference, February 16, 2012, Dallas, Texas.

"Are You Smarter than a Music Librarian? A Library Skills Workbook for Music." Lightning talk, Music OCLC Users Group annual conference, February 15, 2012, Dallas, Texas. 

Professional memberships:  Music Library Association, Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG), OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers), NACO Music Project

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