Margaret D. Ericson

Sabbatical: 07/01/2018 - 12/31/2018

Arts Librarian

Office: Bixler 136 [ campus map ]
Box 5662

Phone: 207-859-5662
Mailing Address:
5662 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8856
Office Hours:
M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Ericson, Margaret D.


B.A. Music, State University of New York, Binghamton
M.S.L.S., Florida State University
Rare Books School, Columbia University
ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute
ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Certification

Areas of Expertise

  • Library administration, collection development, reference and research
  • Art Librarianship, Art History Research
  • Music Librarianship, Music History Research
  • Theater & Dance Librarianship & Research
  • Library buildings and space planning
  • Information Literacy in the Arts
  • Visual Literacy
  • Copyright

Professional Information

Member: American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Art Libraries Society of North America, ARLIS New England, Music Library Association.

Current Research

The Information Commons Model in Arts Libraries

Visual Literacy
Colby Humanities Grant: Women in Irish Music Database. Database of archival and published resources on women in Irish traditional music born prior to 1950. Research travel to Ireland in Fall 2005.

Music Iconography: Using and Evaluating Online Image Resources


Recent Publications and Presentations:
Ericson, Margaret D. and Janette Blackburn. "In Search of the Information Commons Model in Arts Libraries: A Library Travelogue and Discussion." Conference paper. New England Music Library Association. Phillips Exeter Academy. Mar. 2009
Ericson, Margaret D. "Visual Literacy: Visual Imagery, Databases, and A Contextual Approach to Understanding Images.� Conference paper. Maine Academic Libraries Day, Colby College. Apr. 2009.
Music CD. Ladies of the Lake. Follow Me Down. Maine: Ladies of the Lake, c2007. Irish traditional music. Margaret Ericson has been a member of this group since 2002.
Ericson, Margaret D. "Music Iconography: Using and Evaluating Online Image Resources, an Overview". Paper presented at the 75th annual conference of the Music Library Association, 25 February 2006.
Ericson, Margaret D. "Review: Women and Music in America Since 1900, An Encyclopedia." Notes: the quarterly journal of the Music Library Association. 60.3 (2004) 703-706.
Editor (2001-2002). Periodicals Reviews column. Notes: the quarterly journal of the Music Library Association.
Ericson, Margaret D. "Women in Music: Bibliography." New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 2nd edition. London: Grove's Dictionaries, 2000. I compiled the comprehensive, retrospective bibliography for this first-ever article on women in music to appear in a scholarly music encyclopedia. See

"Message from the Chair." My column in the quarterly newsletter of the New England Music Library Assn., New England Quarter Notes. Viewable online at: NEMLA
Presentation. "Music Library Facilities Planning." New England Music Library Assn., Spring Meeting. (1998 May: Dartmouth College).
Presentation. "Faculty/Librarian Relations." Music Library Assn. Annual Meeting (1997 February: New Orleans).
Ericson, Margaret D. Women and Music: A Selective Annotated Bibliography on Women and Gender Issues in Music, 1987-1992. New York: G.K. Hall, 1996. Reviewed in: Notes 54.2 (December 1997): 464-466; Fontes Artis Musicae 43.4 (1996):413-414 ; Choral Journal 36.8 (March 1996): 41.
Ericson, Margaret D. interviewed by Suzanne Risley. "Women and Music: A Music Librarian's Experiences and Perspectives." Feminist Scholarship Review. 6.1 (Fall 1996): 15-22.
Presentation. "Reference Refresher: Women and Music." 30-minute paper. Music Library Assn. Annual Meeting (1995 February : Atlanta).
Ericson, Margaret D. "Women, Music and Gender in Print." International League of Women Composers Journal. 2 issues. February 1994; June 1994.


Ladies of the Lake. Traditional Irish music performed by Maine's all-women's celtic ensemble. Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, Colby College, Waldo Theater, Saco River Grange Concert Series, University of Maine at Augusta, Slate's Restaurant Monday Night Concert Series, University of Maine Farmington and many other locations. Morris Dancing: Musician (pipe and tabor, button accordion), Binghamton Morris Men, American Travelling Morrice.


Elliot, Paula. "One Academic Music Librarian's Career." Careers in Music Librarianship II. Ed. Paula Elliot and Linda Blaire. Lanham : Scarecrow Press and Music Library Association, 2004, pp 16-17. Brief profile on Margaret Ericson


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