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As Music Library coordinator, Chris Durman is responsible for public services in the George F. DeVine Music Library. He supervises the staff, offers help on the reference desk, provides information literacy instruction to students in the School of Music, supports Music faculty research and teaching, and works to build the Music Library collection.
Chris’s position has allowed him to bring his work and hobbies together and to further his research into the roots of current American popular and folk music, the musical traditions of East Tennessee, and issues associated with the digital delivery of music. His research interests include documenting the often ignored contributions of African American musicians to the musical culture of East Tennessee. Chris is a semi-professional singer/songwriter/folk and rock musician. He has performed for local audiences for more than 30 years.
Chris has held numerous offices in the East Tennessee Library Association, Tennessee Library Association, and the Southeast Chapter of the Music Library Association (SEMLA). As part of the Music Library Association’s educational outreach initiative, he teaches occasional workshops on music reference techniques and music collection development for librarians who are not music specialists, at conferences throughout the Southeast.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in information sciences from UT.
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