Dr. Bethany McLemore Stewart Appointed as Music Librarian

December 4, 2023
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Dr. Bethany McLemore Stewart

The Baylor Libraries have selected Dr. Bethany McLemore Stewart as their new Music Liaison Librarian. She will assume her duties on January 3, 2023.

"I am glad Stewart has chosen to join the Baylor Libraries to work with the School of Music," said Jeffry Archer, Dean of University Libraries, Museums, and the Press. "Her many years of teaching experience, deep familiarity with research resources in the discipline, and knowledge of Baylor's program position her well for success in her new role." 

Stewart graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Music and continued her education at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Masters in Music and a Ph.D. in Musicology. She taught in the schools of Music at the University of Texas and Baylor University, instructing courses in music appreciation, American women in music, Jazz, American Popular Music of the 20th and 21st century, and Music in the American City. In addition to her academic background, she ran her own copy editing business alongside with her recent work with the Oral History Association at Baylor. 

"I am committed to the democratization of research and writing," said Stewart. "As a first-generation college student, I know how scary and foreign academic libraries can be to undergraduate students. I look forward to helping students break down the research process, locate the right resources, and turn that into work that prepares them for life and scholarship." 

During her years at the University of Texas, Stewart was inspired by a music librarian and, in 2019, began a Master of Library Science program at the University of North Texas.  A change in circumstances put the program on hold, but during her recent work as Program Associate with the Oral History Association, she was able to resume her program and will complete it in 2024. 

"As Music Liaison Librarian at Baylor, I am glad to be back to my disciplinary home and am eager to work with my library colleagues to help meet the needs of students and faculty in the School of Music and beyond."