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Alec Hyatt King

(b Chicago, Sept 25, 1901; d Naples, FL, Feb 7, 1961). American librarian and musicologist. His early training was in Egyptology and psychology. In 1929 he went to Cornell for further study in psychology, but came under the influence of Otto Kinkeldey who had just become professor of musicology there. What had been Hill’s recreation and private study was soon transformed into the vocation to which he became dedicated. In September 1939 he entered the music division of the Library of Congress and before long became head of its reference section.

The breadth of Hill’s education sharpened a naturally keen and fertile mind which, allied to very wide sympathies, a vast knowledge of musical sources and phenomenal industry, equipped him well for his life’s work. As reference librarian for over 20 years, Hill won an international reputation for the painstaking and very detailed replies he sent to inquirers. In ...


Mark McKnight

(b Pasadena, CA). American librarian. She received the BA (1964) in English literature at Holy Names University, Oakland, California with additional study at San Francisco State University and University of Florence. Following a tour of duty in Nigeria as a Peace Corps volunteer (1965–7), she received her MSLS (1969) from the University of Southern California. From 1969 to 1976 she was employed at the U.S. Department of the Interior Library in a variety of capacities. Since 1976 she has worked at the Library of Congress, serving as chief of a number of divisions, including Cataloging-in-Publication, MARC Editorial, Social Sciences Cataloging, and Special Materials Cataloging, as well as served as coordinator of the Whole Book Cataloging Project. In 2005 she was appointed chief of the Music Division, where she has led a staff of 75 in a number of initiatives to increase access both online and on-site, including digitization of a wide array of special collections, retrospective conversion of the card catalog, preservation and security, and community outreach through such innovative projects as the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song as a way of establishing ties with creators of popular music....