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Dr. Beth Fleming

Dr. Beth Fleming

Dr. Beth Fleming,
Professor of Musicology
School of Music


Bonnie Elizabeth (Beth) Fleming is the Music, Theater, Dance and Entertainment Business Liaison Associate Professor of Library Science at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her circuitous route to Music Librarianship included degrees in music education (Arkansas State University, 1988), oboe performance (Arkansas State University, 1989), and music history (University of Kansas, MM 1992 and PhD 1998).

When the reality of continuous unemployment hit, she finally reached enlightenment and decided to repurpose herself by attending Kent State University, graduating with Master of Library and Information Science in 2009. She joined the staff at Oklahoma City University as Music Librarian in August 2010. Her musicological research interests focus on music in England, Beethoven, Chamber Music, the effects of music on memory, and the ever-changing state of musical patronage. She was awarded the Walter Gerboth Award at the 2012 Dallas Music Library Association Conference to further her research toward writing a biography on visionary arts patron Betty Freeman. Her music library related research interests lay in the areas of resource sharing and collection development as well as bibliographic instruction and cultivating an awareness of current copyright issues affecting musical interests.

Currently she is a member of the Music Librarianship Educator’s Interest Group for MLA and is on the editorial board of Music Reference Services Quarterly. She credits magnificent music librarians of her past such as Susan Hitchens, James Smith, Peter Lisius, Daniel Boomhower and most especially Patricia Stroh with helping her find her destiny and the ultimate blessing—a job that she loves.


Contact Information

Bass Center
Oklahoma City, OK 73106