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Visiting Librarians: Cyrill Walters

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W.H. Bell Music Library, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Research Library Consortium Fellow, Spring 2009

Cyrill Walters, Librarian (Music Specialist) at the W.H. Bell Music Library, University of Cape Town (UCT) Libraries, is one of nine librarians from South Africa visiting the United States this spring under the auspices of the Research Libraries Consortium (RLC), a three-year program funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and involving three distinguished universities (Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal, and Witwatersrand).

After Paiki Muswazi, from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Cyrill is the second librarian to be hosted by Yale in partnership with this initiative. Her visit runs from March 19 until May 1st, 2009.

The nine-week long sojourn in the United States includes an intensive training program at the Mortenson Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, followed by attendance at the ACRL National Conference in Seattle and a five-week residency at an academic research institution (Yale in Cyril's case), and a mid-term gathering in San Francisco. Yale is one of the half dozen academic and research libraries in the United States that serves as a host institution for this program.

Cyrill's responsibilities at the W.H. Bell Music Library include providing instruction in advanced literacy for postgraduate students; analyzing, evaluating, and setting priorities for the efficient use of services, collections, and funds in the Music Library; promoting the use of current and emerging technologies; advancing the use of digital technologies, including the creation of web-based research tools; developing collections in all formats for music and theatre; providing both general and subject-specific information services to library users (including in-depth individual assistance to academic staff, researchers, and students at all levels); original and copy cataloging, classifying, subject analyzing, and MARC coding all materials acquired by the music library; and liaising with faculty.

Previously, she was Senior Library Assistant in the Bibliographic Access Department at W. H. Bell Music Library (2004-05), and Teaching Assistant (Piano) at UCT's South African College of Music (2001-03).

Cyrill is active in various professional organizations (Music Library Interest Group of Southern Africa, Library and Information Association of South Africa, Research, Education and Training Interest Group). She was awarded an exchange scholarship at the University of Michigan in 2002 and an IFLA/OCLC Career Development Fellowship in 2008.

Cyrill holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Music, as well as a postgraduate diploma in Library and Information Science, all from the University of Cape Town.

At Yale, Cyrill will experience day-to-day interaction between librarians and researchers, shadow librarians and participate in research activities, and gain a deeper understanding of how research is supported by collection development, fundraising, and the use of technology.