Research and Instruction
Librarian for the Performing Arts
As the Performing Arts Librarian, I serve as the personal librarian to the dance and theatre departments, and music program, as well as the Barnard Constellation Lyra.
I hold a Master's degree in Performance Studies and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science. My research interests include twentieth century American concert dance, issues of information access, and the intersections between these two areas.
My specialties here at Barnard include Dance, Music, and Theatre, but I am prepared to help you with research on any topic.
My Research Guides
- Composition: Site Specific Choreography and Experimental Methods (FA14)
- Dance Criticism (FA14)
- History of Social Dancing (FA14)
- Tap as an American Art Form (SP14)
- World Dance History (SP14)
Some of the services I provide:
- one-on-one research consultations
- custom instruction sessions in research methods and resources
- course-specific research guides
- help with bibliographies and bibliographic software, including Zotero
- collection development to support faculty and student research
- help researching, writing, and publishing Wikipedia articles
Association of College and Research Libraries
Society for Dance History Scholars
Theatre Library Association, Membership Committee
Wacha, M.E. (2014) Digital Humanities and Academic Libraries: Practice and Theory, Power and Privilege.” Presented at ALA Annual Conference. Las Vegas, NV. June 30, 2014. Refereed Presentation.
Wacha, M.E. (2014) A WikiWomen’s College Library. Presented as part of the panel ‘Wikipedia’s Role in Four Different Types of Libraries” at WikiConference USA. New York, NY. May 30, 2014. Invited Panelist.
Wacha, M.E. and Seeley, A. (2013) Wikipedia as a Site to Publish and Promote Patrons. To be presented at Creation, Collaboration, Community, 2013 LITA Forum, Louisville, KY. Refereed Presentation.
Demystifying the Working Life of a New Academic Librarian. (2013). METRO & ACRL/NY, Metropolitan New York Library Council, New York, NY. June 6, 2013. Invited Panelist.
Make Something New. Now. (2013). NYLA @ BEA, New York Library Association, New York, NY. May 29, 2013. Invited Panelist.
Wacha, M.E. and Seeley, A. (2013). WikiWomen's History Month Project. Presented at theWikipedia Day Conferenceat New York University, New York, NY, February 23, 2013. Invited Presentation.
Bountiful Harvest: Collection-building Opportunities with Open Access (2012). Open Access Week 2012, The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at Columbia University, New York, NY. October 23, 2012. Invited Panelist.(video)
Wacha, M.E., Wisner, M. (2011). Measuring Value in Open Access Repositories. Serials Librarian, 61 (3-4), 377-388. (pdf)