We are delighted to announce that Amy Hunsaker has joined the Library as our new Music and Performing Arts Librarian. She will serve as subject liaison to the departments of Music, Drama, and the Dance Minor program, and provide support for music- and arts-related research and instructional services to faculty and students throughout the University. Subject Liaisons specialize in topics relevant to academic study, and offer expert guidance to researchers and learners in those areas.
What drew you here?
UVA possesses a fabulous music collection held within the catacombs of an historic — possibly haunted — building. Who could say no to that?
The region and the University are the biggest draws for me. It is beautiful here, and the UVA community supports and loves their libraries and performing arts organizations. Although I’m a Western girl, my ancestors were actually some of the early settlers of Louisa County!
What’s it like to start a new job in a new state during a global pandemic?
It has been bizarre and unsettling. I have been able to jump into most of my tasks, but it is difficult to learn about the culture when everyone is struggling to make things work in a different way.
What have you been working on?
I have been trying to get to know people and learn about the needs of the departments I serve. I’m also putting together a panel for the Music Library Association.
What has surprised you?
This doesn’t qualify as a surprise, but it’s been a pleasure to experience Virginia friendliness. Everyone at UVA has gone above and beyond to provide a warm welcome and ensure that I have all that I need.
What are you anxious to see get off the ground?
I’m itching to work on improving access to our performing arts archives.
Do you have any ideas churning you can tell us about?
I’d like to host annual concerts at the music library that celebrate works that come into the public domain.
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the students and faculty at UVA and I am thrilled to be here.