Howard, John Brooks
- Eleanor Selfridge-Field
(b Plymouth, MA, June 3, 1952). American musicologist and librarian. From 1979 through 1998 he held various positions at Harvard University, including Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library, Richard F. French Music Librarian, and Senior Lecturer in Music. He holds the MA (1976) and PhD (1983) from Bryn Mawr College. During his Harvard years Howard concurrently served as head of the U.S. Working Group of the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM), overseeing the successful completion the inventory of music manuscripts (c1580–1825). In cooperation with the RISM Zentralredaktion in Frankfurt, Germany, he was instrumental in transitioning access to RISM’s bibliographic information from printed formats to online databases. He also played a key role in initiating the online publication of the electronic journal Seventeenth-Century Music (1995–).
Since 1998 Howard’s work has focused on broad issues of computation and data, information and knowledge management. After holding technology administration positions at Harvard College (...