SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14
Abigail McBirnie, assistant professor of library science and music at the Bass School of Music, has published “Seeking serendipity: the paradox of control” in the December 2008 issues of the international information studies journal “Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives.”
In addition to information literacy education, she focuses on the study of research methods and the role of academic scholarship. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in human information behavior at Aberystwyth University; her research focuses on serendipity in information seeking.
McBirnie studied clarinet performance with James Campbell at Indiana University, receiving her BMus in 1993. She attended the Royal Academy of Music on a Fulbright Scholarship, earning her MMus in performance and her LRAM in pedagogy in 1994.
As a classical clarinetist and jazz musician on saxophone and clarinet, McBirnie has performed in Europe and North America in venues and festivals including the Banff Centre for the Arts, The Orford Arts Centre, and Marlborough International Jazz Festival. She also has performed for Queen Elizabeth II in Cyprus aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.
She was principal clarinet with the Orchestra of St John's Smith Square and the Amadeus Orchestra and has performed as an orchestral soloist. As a jazz musician, McBirnie has played lead alto and tenor with big bands and clarinet with smaller ensembles.
McBirnie has taught clarinet and saxophone; examined recitals for Edexcel, a national exam board in the U.K.; and served as a consultant for the London College of Music’s clarinet and saxophone exam syllabi.
In 2008, McBirnie earned her second master’s degree, a professional librarianship and information management qualification, from Thames Valley University. She joined the faculty of Oklahoma City University in August 2008.