Meet the Staff

Faculty and Staff

Nathalie Hristov

Associate Professor & Music Librarian for Tech Services

Nathalie works as the professional cataloger for music. She is responsible for overseeing all activities related to the cataloging and processing of music materials. She also provides collection development, reference, and bibliographic instructional services for the School of Music faculty and students. Contact Nathalie for consultation for your music research needs.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Nathalie holds a Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance and a Masters in Library and Information Science from LSU. Among her favorite activities are playing chamber music with friends, reading, swimming, and hiking. These days, her family occupies most of her free time.

Chris Durman
Chris Durman

Associate Professor & Coordinator, George F. DeVine Music Library

Chris is responsible for public services in the Music Library. He supervises the staff, offers help on the reference desk, provides instruction, and works to build the Music Library collection. Call on Chris for consultation for your music research needs.

Chris holds a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Tennessee. He also gardens a little, and nurtures an abiding interest in various forms of American folk and popular music. He, his wife (Candice), and their son (Will) make their home in Jefferson City.

Kathryn Shepas

Library Supervisor (Daytime)

Kathryn is the Daytime Supervisor of the Music Library. She assists patrons with reference queries and circulation services. Her other responsibilities include supervising and training student library assistants.

Kathryn, proudly, holds a Master of Music degree in voice/opera from the University of Tennessee. While completing her studies, she worked in the DeVine Music Library as the first graduate student library assistant, creating displays for outreach events. Ms. Shepas enjoys performing, researching, and listening to opera, musical theater, art song, and jazz. Her research and reading interests include vocal pedagogy and performance psychology. Outside the realm of music, Kathryn   plays tennis, enjoys cross-training, and watches college football…Go Vols!

Library Supervisor (Evenings)

Joseph McGuire is the Evening Supervisor of the Music Library. They assist patrons with reference queries and circulation services, maintain the Music Library’s technology and equipment, process new acquisitions, and maintain the Music Library’s periodicals. Their other responsibilities include supervising and training student library assistants.

Joseph holds a Master of Science in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of Memphis. They previously worked as a GSLA at Hodges Library. Joseph plays piano, sings, and dances is especially interested in how technology, games, and theatrics are used in musical performance and education. Their hobbies include tabletop roleplaying games, cooking new recipes, and sewing.


Student Library Assistants

We are proud of the student library assistants who staff our circulation desk. Through the years many of them have been recognized library-wide for their outstanding service to the Libraries.

Student Library Assistants

  • Joel Brown (GSLA)
  • Tracy Clark (GSLA)
  • Rachel Clarke
  • Lauren Goldston
  • Samantha Hearn
  • Shaquille St. John
  • Braden Jones
  • Lizzy Lim
  • Emane Menad
  • Vishwa Patel
  • Hunter Wilburn

SLA Award of Excellence Winners

  • Will Eakin, 2019
  • Megan Whiteman, 2016
  • Taylor Kress, 2015
  • Marquis McGee and Inna Karsheva, 2014
  • Nick Gulick, 2009
  • Rosann Wilson, 2007
  • Jeannine Souder, 2006
  • Rebekah Smeltzer, 2005
  • Tiffany Wild, 2004
  • Marshunda Smith, 2002
  • Lora Brown, 1999
  • Laurie Lee, 1998
  • Lorri Keeling, 1997
  • Luke Batson, 1996
  • Eric White and Marcus Green
  • 1995; Ed Richardson, 1994

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