Papakhian, A[rsen] Ralph
- J. Bradford Young
(b Detroit, MI, Dec 28, 1948; d Bloomington, IN, January 14, 2010). American music librarian. He graduated from Western Michigan University (BA 1971; MMus 1973; MLS 1973), began working in the Music Library’s Technical Services Division of Indiana University in 1975, and became head of the division in 1985. Papakhian was an advocate for cooperative cataloging of music from its inception in 1976. He was co-founder of the Music OCLC Users Group, the first effort to implement a MARC format prior to its introduction by the Library of Congress, and served as its chair (1993–7). He managed Indiana’s participation in the Associated Music Libraries Group Title II-C grant (1984–90) for retrospective conversion, the computerization of cataloging data. The NACO-Music Project, the first such cooperative project, grew out of this grant and sought to create authoritative headings for music in the Library of Congress files; he coordinated it beginning in ...