Anna E. Kijas is Senior Digital Scholarship Librarian at Boston College Libraries where she develops or manages digital projects, serving as project lead, or digital humanities consultant as appropriate. She provides instruction and training for faculty, students, and staff interested in applying computational tools and methods in their research and pedagogy. Her academic training includes master’s degrees in library and information science from Simmons College, music with a concentration in musicology from Tufts University, as well as a bachelor of arts in music literature and performance from Northeastern University.
Anna is interested in exploring and pursuing ways in which computational methods and tools can augment scholarly writing and publishing. She has a vested interest in the exploration and application of digital humanities tools and methods in historical (music) research, and in the application of standards, including TEI and MEI, for open access research and publishing. Anna is also interested in supporting sustainable ways of developing digital projects through efforts, such as minimal computing.
Among her recent publications are a chapter on the music reception of Venezuelan pianist and composer Teresa Carreño (1853-1917) as a child prodigy during her appearances in the United States, in Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Music Education, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, edited by Gary McPherson (Oxford University Press, 2016) as well as an article about Teresa Carreño’s role in promoting Edvard Grieg’s music, in the MLA journal Notes (2013). She also writes about using digital humanities tools and methods to explore, visualize, and augment scholarship. Anna has contributed entries for the revised editions of Grove Dictionary of American Music and Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
Anna’s work has been supported by the Music Library Association with a Walter Gerboth Award and the University of Connecticut with a School of Fine Arts Dean’s Research Grant.
She is currently working on a forthcoming book on The Life and Music of Teresa Carreño (1853-1917): A Guide to Research, as well as a digital project, which documents Carreño’s performance career with primary source materials, metadata, and transcriptions, as well as explores her performances and texts through data analysis and visualization tools.