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John Howard

Librarian

Library
James Joyce Library Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7167067
Email: john.b.howard@ucd.ie

Biography

John B Howard studied music theory, history and performance (double bass) at Connecticut College receiving the BA in 1974; be subsequently received the MA (1976) and PhD (1983) in historical musicology at Bryn Mawr College, and completed the MLIS in library and information science at the University of Rhode Island (1986).

From 1979 through 1998 he held various positions at Harvard University, including Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library, Richard F. French Music Librarian, and Senior Lecturer in Music. He concurrently served as head of the U.S. Working Group of the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM), overseeing the successful completion of the U.S. contribution to RISM Series A/II, an inventory of music manuscripts of the period ca. 1580-1825. Through collaboration with the RISM Zentralredaktion, he was instrumental in transitioning access to RISM¿s bibliographic information from printed formats to online databases. Howard has served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities and the Board of the Laura Boulton Foundation. He played a key role in the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music in conceiving and publishing the journal Seventeenth-Century Music (1995-).  

Howard's research interests in music include: the church music traditions of the early Evangelical Lutheran church; the history of music theory and particularly to the dynamics between the pedagogic traditions of early Protestant schools and the new articulation of fundamental music-theoretical concepts in the seventeenth-century; and digital representation of musical information, musical similarity and musical identity.

Since 1998 Howard's work has focused on broad issues of computation and data, information and knowledge management. He has held positions at Harvard College (1998-2001) and Harvard Medical School (2001-2004) with a focus on technology administration, research computing, and bioinformatics. From 2004 to 2009 he served at Associate Dean of Libraries and Professor of Informatics in the School of Computing and Informatics at Arizona State University. He continues to serve as Professor of Informatics (adjunct) in ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change and Affiliate Professor of Informatics in the ASU School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering.

Howard has served as PI or Co-PI in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Hewlett Packard Company, and the Library Services and Technology Act. He is a member of the governing council of RISM, the Executive Board of Digital Antiquity (North American center for archaeological data services), the Editorial Board of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Complete Works, and the Steering Committee of Open Repositories, an organization dedicated to the furtherance of open-source digital repository platforms. Ongoing research activities include development of cyberinfrastructure services for archaeology (Digital Antiquity; Transatlantic Archaeological Gateway, a joint project of Digital Antiquity and the UK Archaeological Data Service), collaboration with The Embryo Project (a multi-institutional effort that explores social dynamics in the conduct of science), and collaboration with several projects that explore the complex dynamics of the social and natural worlds using data from multiple research domains.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 1996.
Title: Special Achievement Award
       

Conference Contributions

John B. Howard; (2009) Chair of Program Committee. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Open Repositories 2009, Atlanta, GA, USA , 18-MAY-09 - 21-MAY-09.
John B. Howard; (2008) Modeling Cyberinfrastructure Services through Collaborative Research. [Invited Lecture], Living the Future 7: Transforming Libraries Through Collaboration, Tucson, Arizona, US , 01-MAY-08 - 01-MAY-08.
Keith W. Kintigh, K.Selcuk Candan, and John B. Howard; (2008) The Digital Archaeological Record: Requirements for Database Preservation, Access and Integration. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Conference of Commission 4 of the Union Internationale des Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques, Paris , 01-JUN-08 - 01-JUN-08.
John B. Howard, Philip Konomos; (2008) The ASU Knowledge Network: Needs-Driven Modeling of Digital Library and Cyberinfrastructure Services. [Plenary Lecture], EduCause Southwest Regional Conference, Houston, Texas, US , 01-FEB-08 - 01-FEB-08.
Knowledge Informatics: Approaching Knowledge Organization in Digital Libraries; (2006) Knowledge Informatics: Approaching Knowledge Organization in Digital Libraries. [Invited Lecture], Arizona Library Association Annual Conference, Mesa, Arizona, US , 01-NOV-06 - 01-NOV-06.
John B. Howard; (2003) Assessing Impact and Information Loss Following Papier-Spalten Conservation in the Autograph Manuscripts of J.S. Bach. [Invited Oral Presentation], Conference on the preservation of the autograph manuscripts of Johann Sebastian Bach, Leipzig, Germany , 01-MAY-03 - 01-MAY-03.
John B. Howard; (2002) The Virtual Urtext: Issues of Authenticity and Identification in Virtual Documents. [Oral Presentation], Congress of the International Musicological Society, Leuven, Belgium , 01-AUG-02 - 01-AUG-02.

Committees

Committee : Advisory Board, Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities
Committee : Governing Board, Digital Antiquity
Committee : Commission Mixte, Répertoire International des Sources Musicales
Committee : Editorial Board, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Complete Works
Committee : Open Repositories Steering Committee
Committee : Leonard Bernstein Digital Archives
Committee : Laura Boulton Foundation, Board of Directors

Employment

Employer: Arizona State University
Position: Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Employer: Arizona State University
Position: Associate Dean/Associate University Librarian
Employer: Arizona State University
Position: Affiliate Professor in Informatics, School of Compting, Informatics and Decisions Systems Engineering
Employer: Arizona State University
Position: Interim Director, Fletcher Library
Employer: Harvard Medical School, Harvard University
Position: Associate Director, Countway Library of Medicine
Employer: Harvard University
Position: Librarian for Information Technology in the Harvard College Library
Employer: Harvard University
Position: Richard F. French Librarian of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library
Employer: Harvard University
Position: Senior Lecturer in Music, Department of Music
Employer: Harvard University
Position: Associate Librarian, Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library
Employer: Harvard University
Position: Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library
Employer: Harvard University
Position: Assistant Librarian, Eda Kun Loeb Music Library
Employer: Harvard University
Position: Principal Investigator and Project Librarian, Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM), U.S. Music Manuscript Inventory

Education

Year 1974 Institution: Connecticut College
Qualification: BA (Hons.) Subject: Music
Year 1976 Institution: Bryn Mawr College
Qualification: MA Subject: Historical Musicology
Year 1983 Institution: Bryn Mawr College
Qualification: PhD Subject: Historical Musicology
Year 1986 Institution: University of Rhode Island
Qualification: MLIS Subject: Library and Information Science

Languages

English:
German:
French:
     

Other Activities

2009 -               TAG: Transatlantic Archaeological Gateway ($134,879): ASU Principal Investigator. National Endowment for the Humanities PX-50022-09. Awarded in partnership to the Archaeological Data Service, University of York, in the JISC-NEH Transatlantic Digitization Program

2009 -               Professional Dev Fellowship: Using Informatics to Advance History and Philosophy of Science Research ($84,066): Co-Principal Investigator. National Science Foundation 0926026.

2009 -               Digital Antiquity: Enabling and Enhancing Preservation and Access to Archaeological Information ($1,300,000): Co-Principal Investigator. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Project Information Website: http://tdar.org/.  

2009 -               Ask a Biologist: Answering Questions, Developing Content for a Community-Based Web Generation (funding period begins January 1, 2009): Project collaborator. National Science Foundation NSDL 0840788) Project Website: http://askabiologist.asu.edu/

2007 -               Arizona Indicators (Second Phase): Project collaborator. Funded by ASU Office of the President and the Arizona Community Foundation. Project Website: http://www.arizonaindicators.org/.

2007 -               Archaeoinformatics: Project collaborator. Project to conceive and develop cyberinfrastructure for archaeology. Mellon Foundation (planning grant). Website: http://archaeoinformatics.org/.    

2006 -               Archaeological Data Integration for the Study of Long-Term Human and Social Dynamics: Project collaborator. National Science Foundation 624341. Project Website: http://cadi.asu.edu/.

2006 -               Understanding Agents of Scientific Change: the Case of Embryo Research: Project collaborator. National Science Foundation AOC 623176. Project website: http://embryo.asu.edu/.

2006 - 2007       Internet Educational Music Database ($30,000), Co-Principal Investigator. Funded by the Arizona Department of Libraries

2004 -               Land-Use and Landscape Socioecology in the Mediterranean Basin: A Natural Laboratory for the Study of the Long-Term Interaction of Human and Natural Systems (MedLanD): Project collaborator. National Science Foundation BE/CNH 410269. Project Website: http://www.asu.edu/clas/shesc/projects/medland/.

1997  Walter B. Hewlett ($20,000): Award Administrator and Principal Investigator. Private donation to undertake, in cooperation with the University Library Preservation Office, a pilot project to prepare photographic and digital images of autograph manuscripts of J.S. Bach in American libraries, and to develop a distributed access system for these resources

1996 - 1998       Laura Boulton Foundation ($36,341): Award Administrator and Principal Investigator. Award to preserve and provide access to recorded audio materials from the Laura Boulton estate

1996                 Walter B. Hewlett ($12,450): Award Administrator. Private donation for the purchase of computing machinery for the Loeb Music Library

1994 - 1998       National Endowment for the Humanities, Reference Materials/Access ($197,350): Project Director and Principal Investigator. For continuation and completion of the RISM Music Manuscripts Inventory

1994                 Hewlett-Packard Employee Product Gift Program award (from Walter B. Hewlett, $16,720): Award Administrator. Grant for computing machinery in the Loeb Music Library

1993 - 1994       U.S. Department of Education, HEA Title II/C, Strengthening Research Library Resources Program ($105,295): Principal Investigator. Grant to complete the retrospective conversion of catalogue records for music scores in the Loeb Music Library

1992 - 1994       National Endowment for the Humanities, Reference Materials/Access ($218,032): Project Director and Principal Investigator. Grant in support of the U.S. RISM Office

1990 - 1992       National Endowment for the Humanities, Reference Materials/Access ($190,000): Project Director and Principal Investigator. Grant in support of the U.S. RISM Office

1988 - 1989       Mary Flagler Cary Foundation ($10,000 to match federal matching funds): Project Director and Principal Investigator: Grant in support of the U.S. RISM Office

1988 - 1990       National Endowment for the Humanities, Reference Materials/Access  ($157,996 outright, $10,000 in federal matching funds): Principal Investigator: Grant in support of the U.S. RISM Office

1985 - 1988       National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Division ($220,074): Principal Investigator. Grant in support of the U.S. RISM Office

Publications

   

Edited Books

John B. Howard (Ed.). (1997) Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, Concerto for Horn and Orchestra in E-flat Major, K. 370b + 371: A Facsimile Reproduction of the Autograph Sources. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard College Library. [Details]
                                                                                               

Research

Research Interests

Digital libraries; knowledge organization; knowledge management; digital humanities; semantic technologies; research data management; digital curation; digital repositories; publishing; history of music theory
     

Collaborators

 

External Collaborators

Dr. Keith Kintigh, Arizona State University; Dr. Francis Pierce McManamon, Arizona State University; Dr. C. Michael Barton, Arizona State University; Dr. Jane Maienschein, Arizona State University;Dr. Manfred Laubichler, Arizona State University; Dr. Fred Limp, University of Arkansas; Dr. Julian Richards, University of York; Mark Parsons, National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder, Colorado; Cathy Norton, Marine Biological Laborator, Woods Hole, Massachuestts