Anna E. Kijas

Senior Digital Scholarship Librarian
Boston College University Libraries
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

anna.kijas at |

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Areas of Expertise and Interests

  • Digital Scholarship
  • Historical and musicological research
  • Scholarly Communications and Open Access Publishing
  • Library instruction
  • Instruction assessment


Technology & Concepts

  • OS Web development and languages, including web design (i.e. HTML, CSS, PHP, Markdown, JavaScript), GitHub, encoding (i.e. XML/XSLT, MEI, TEI), scripting (i.e. Ruby for geo-coding, SQL for aggregating spatial data), and linked data
  • Platforms and repositories, including Omeka, WordPress, ViewShare, Scalar, Islandora, and Drupal
  • Visualization tools, including Gephi, Palladio, CartoDB, Timeline.js
  • Data cleaning and parsing (i.e. basic RegEx, Open Refine)
  • Text Analysis (i.e. topic modeling (Mallet), Voyant)



  • M.L.I.S, Simmons College, 2008
  • M.A., Music/Music History, Tufts University, 2005. Thesis: The Concert Tours of Maria Szymanowska (1789-1830)
  • B.A., Music Literature & Performance, Northeastern University, 2002


Professional Experience

  • Senior Digital Scholarship Librarian, Boston College University Libraries, Boston College (February 2015-present)
  • Music and Dramatic Arts Librarian & Scholars’ Collaborative Coordinator, University of Connecticut Libraries, University of Connecticut (January 2010-February 2015)
  • Reference Librarian, Needham Free Public Library (July 2007-July 2009)
  • Research and Administrative Assistant, Peggy Seeger, Boston, MA (January 2006-August 2009)
  • Music Research Assistant, Judith Tick, Northeastern University (April 2002-July 2007)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Tufts University & Brandeis University (Fall 2003-Spring 2005)


Forthcoming Publications 

  • The Life and Music of Teresa Carreño (1853-1917): A Guide to Research. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions.


Selected Publications

  • Kijas, Anna, and Michael Noone. “The Burns Antiphoner.” Arti musices: Croatian Musicological Review, Vol. 48, (2) January 2018: 311-322.
  • “Szymanowska Scholarship: Ideas for Access and Discovery through Collaborative Efforts,” Annales / Académie Polonaise des Sciences. Centres Scientifique à Paris, Vol. 16. Varsovie-Paris, 2014: 181-190.
  • Entries in Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online, ed. Deane Root, Oxford University, 2012-2016.
  • Maria Szymanowska (1789-1831): A Bio-Bibliography. MD: Scarecrow Press, 2010.
  • “Review: Clara Schumann: the Artist and the Woman by Nancy B. Reich”, second edition. Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music, February 2003.


Selected Lectures and Presentations

  • Keynote: “What does the data tell us?: Representation, Canon, and Music Encoding.” Music Encoding Conference, University of Maryland, May 24, 2018.
  • “Engaging in Small Data Rescue.” MOUG Pre-Conference, Music Library Association, Portland Oregon, January 30, 2018.
  • “Providing Open Access to Irish Music: The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music at Boston College” with Elizabeth Sweeney. Music Library Association, Portland Oregon, February 1, 2018.

  • “The Burns Antiphoner: From Manuscript to Interactive Resource,” (panel) High-resolution musicology: Capturing and encoding source detail for medieval music. With co-panelists: Ben Florin (Boston College), Karen Desmond (Brandeis University), Andrew Hankinson, and Julia Craig-McFeely (University of Oxford). Digital Humanities 2017, Montreal, Canada.
  • “Providing Open Access to Irish Music: The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music at Boston College” with co-presenter Elizabeth Sweeney. New England Music Library Association. M.I.T. June 2, 2017.
  • “The Encoded Medieval Antiphoner: An Open Access Digital Source for Music and Liturgical Pedagogy and Scholarship” (Poster session). Digital Humanities 2016, Kraków, Poland. July 13, 2016.
  • “A DH-Leavened Musicological Toolbox” (Poster Session), with Francesca Giannetti. Digital Humanities 2016, Kraków, Poland. July 2016.  [View Poster PDF and record]
  • Emerging Professional Roles in Research Libraries and Archives.” ARL Leadership Symposium. January 9, 2016.
  • “Mapping Histories.” Conversations in Digital Scholarship, University of Connecticut. October 30, 2015.
  • “The Encoded Medieval Antiphoner: An Open Access Digital Source for Music and Liturgical Pedagogy and Scholarship.” New England Chapter, Music Library Association. College of the Holy Cross. October 16, 2015.
  • “Doing Research in Public: Documenting the Performance Career of Teresa Carreño.” Digital Directions Speaker Series, Department of Digital Media & Design. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, November 20, 2014.
  • Panel session: “Digital Humanities in the Library: Music Librarians as Collaborators,” with Stephen Henry (University of Maryland), Robert Simon (University of Notre Dame), moderator, Lisa McFall (Hamilton College). Music Library Association, Atlanta, Georgia, February 28, 2014.
  • Introduction to Omeka,” co-presenter, with Karen Bourrier (Boston University), THATCamp New England. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, October 19, 2013. (Download PDF handout)
  • “Geo-spatial Tools for Cultural Heritage,” co-presented with Christine Pittsley (Connecticut State Library), Jack Dougherty (Trinity College), Connecticut Forum on Digital Initiatives, Hartford, CT, October 22, 2012.
  • “Geo-spatial Visualization and Customization of Omeka-Neatline,” THATCamp New England, Brown University, Providence, RI, October 20, 2012.
  • ““Such gifts are of God, and ought not to be prostituted for mere gain:” Mid-Nineteenth Century Perspectives on Child Prodigies,” Gender, Musical Creativity and Age Conference, University of Huddersfield, UK, October 7, 2012.
  • “Gender Politics and Performance in Nineteenth-Century Eastern Europe: the Case of Maria Szymanowska,” Tufts Music Conference, Tufts University, December 2004.
  • “Nineteenth Century Accounts of Music, Tableaux Vivants, and the Salon of Maria Szymanowska: St. Petersburg 1828-1831,” Boston Area Graduate Symposium in Musicology, Tufts University, March 2003.



  • Academic Technology Innovation Grant Boston College for “The Encoded Franciscan Antiphoner and Morales’ First Book of Masses” joint applicant with principal investigator, Dr. Michael Noone. 2015-2017.
  • “Global Arts and Culture: Envisioning a New Paradigm at the University of Connecticut” with Dr. Robert Stephens and Dr. Mary Ellen Junda. University of Connecticut, School of Fine Arts Dean’s Research Grant. 2012-2013.
  • “116 Long Years: Reconstructing Teresa Carreño’s Unpublished Serenade for String Orchestra.”University of Connecticut, School of Fine Arts Dean’s Research Grant.
  • Walter Gerboth Award (Music Library Association) for research towards a bio-bibliography of pianist and composer Teresa Carreño, 2011.
  • Tufts Research Grant, (Tufts University), 2004.
  • Excellence in Music Literature and Performance, (Northeastern University), 2003.


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