About Us

The Sound Recordings Archives was established by Sound Recordings Archivist William L. Schurk in 1967, to address the need for recorded sound among various academic departments at BGSU. The Sound Archives became a vital component of the Popular Culture Studies program at the University, collecting and preserving popular music to support teaching and research. 

The Music Library merged with the Sound Recordings Archives in 1979. The two collections operate as a single unit, located on the third floor of the Jerome Library.

Patty Falk

  • Position: Music Catalog/Metadata Librarian; Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-0266
  • Email: pkfalk@bgsu.edu
  • Address: Jerome Library, Room 311

Patty Falk currently oversees the activities in the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, in addition to adding materials to the catalog. Patty has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music history and Master's degrees in Music History and Library Science. Patty has experience working with both classical and popular music topics and materials.

David R. Lewis

  • Position: Sound Archivist; Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-9238
  • Email: drlewis@bgsu.edu
  • Address: Jerome Library, Room 315

David Lewis oversees the sound archives, including reference and instruction on popular music topics, audio preservation, assessing new donations, and cataloging and metadata creation. Dave has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University, Bloomington and Master's degree in Archives and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include audiovisual archives, archival appraisal, musical responses to HIV/AIDS, and musics of the Caribbean.

Trinidad Linares

  • Position: Library Associate
  • Phone: 419-372-2308
  • Email: tlinare@bgsu.edu
  • Address: Jerome Library, Room 316

Trinidad Linares manages course reserves, creates new call numbers and summary notes for fanzines, and adds current periodicals to the archive. She has an MA in Popular Culture and did her undergrad honors thesis on Stephen Sondheim. Her musical genre of choice is musical theatre, but she has a strong interest in the cultural applications and implications of music.

Angela Pratesi

  • Position: Head Librarian
  • Phone: 419-372-9929
  • Email: aprates@bgsu.edu
  • Address: Jerome Library, Room 314

Angela Pratesi oversees the activities of the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives. She holds masters degrees in music history and library and information science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests primarily lie at the intersection of learning, information, and the arts.

Updated: 05/11/2022 08:58AM