In this post, we introduce W&M Libraries' new music library assistant, Brigid Cryan '22!
Name: Brigid Cryan
Title: Music Library Assistant
What does your job entail?
I’m responsible for day-to-day operations at the Music Library in Ewell. I have a team of 11 wonderful student employees who work at our circulation desk so I will also be able to plan outreach programming and work on projects like repairing old equipment.
What interests you most about this job?
The most exciting part of this job is the hands-on work with synthesizers and the opportunity to extend that to students at W&M. I’m excited further promote the environment in the ML as a space where students can learn, grow, and explore new ways of interacting with music and technology.
What do you hope to accomplish in your first year?
In my first year, I hope to establish programming intended to train students on the instruments and equipment in our collections. I hope to continue the Music Library’s approach to managing our space which centers student empowerment and agency.
Tell us a little about your work background:
In my time as an undergrad here, I was a station manager at WCWM, the College radio station, where I managed a team of students. I was also involved in concert planning on campus for both AMP’s HomeBrew and WCWM. I began working as a student employee at the ML in the fall of 2021 which given me a chance to get familiar with our operations and community.
What attracted you to W&M?
As a soon-to-be-alum from Northern Virginia, I chose W&M for the top-tier academics and in-state tuition. I’m staying for the once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity and the sweet community I’ve found here at the ML.
What do you like to do in your free time?
If it hasn’t already been made abundantly clear, my life revolves around music and people who love music. I love to fiddle with synthesizers, go to concerts, and make music with my friends. I also enjoy hanging out with my cat, getting outside, and reading nonfiction. I was a linguistics major as well so please talk to me about systems, the intersection of sound and meaning, semiotics, the history of language, or the definitions of words with mysterious origins.