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Stormes, Sheridan

Performing & Fine Arts Librarian, Associate Professor


Irwin Library - 119B
8 AM to 4:30 PM, M-F

Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise

Library Science (liaison to Jordan College of Fine Arts): art history, dance, media arts, music, theatre, music, especially vocal music and singers' diction

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)


Stormes, Sheridan. The Power of Pronunciation! A Guide to Pristine Pronunciation of English, French, German, Italian, and Latin for Classical Singers and Choral Directors. Indianapolis, IN: [Butler Print Shop], August, 2006, rev. ed., December, 2007.

Stormes, Sheridan and Gordon Theil. “Job Hunt Rhetoric: The Conversation behind the Successful Search” in Careers in Music Librarianship II: Traditions and Transitions, edited by Paula Elliot and Linda W. Blair, 53-70. Scarecrow Press, 2004.

Stormes, Sheridan. Hochdeutsch for Singers. Rev. ed. Indianapolis, IN: [Butler Print Shop], 2001.

Stormes, Sheridan. Liaisons Dangereuses and Other Aggravations of French Diction. Rev. ed. Indianapolis, IN: [Butler Print Shop], 2001.

Stormes, Sheridan. "Butler Freshmen Hunt for Library Treasure," C&RL News, (July/August 1993): 382-383.


Presenter/panelist, "Best Practices for Creating LibGuides." Midwest Chapter, Music Library Association 68th Annual Meeting, Notre Dame, Indiana,October, 2009.

Presenter/panelist, "The Music Librarian's Juggling Act: Successful Strategies for Developing Positive Relationships Among Diverse Campus Constituencies." MLA National Meeting, New York City, February, 2001.

Presenter/panelist, "Musings on the Muses" workshop sponsored by the Reference Roundtable Committee of INCOLSA, [Indianapolis], September 16, 1998.

Presenter, "Innovative Ideas for Chapters," given jointly with Regent, Wilbur Fulbright (Boston University) at two Biennial Pi Kappa Lambda Conferences, [Houston], 1989 & [Atlanta], 1991.

Presenter, "How to Prepare for the Preludes Competition," lecture given to interested high school students at Indianapolis Children's Museum (the handout that I developed for this lecture was mailed out with competition applications), [Indianapolis], Fall 1989.

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)

Music & Fine Arts Librarian - Library Liaison for JCFA: Art History, Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre. I develop the Butler Library's resources for these disciplines and provide specialized reference services and insturction.

Personal Hobbies


Film Buff

Art Fairs


Musical Concerts & Opera




B.M. (Vocal Performance) - Butler University, 1976

M.M. (Vocal Performance) - Butler University, 1981

M.S. (Library and Information Science) - Indiana University, 1982

Librarian II, State of Indiana, Library Certification Board

Alpha Lambda Delta (Scholastic Honorary)

Beta Phi Mu (International Library Science Honorary)

Phi Kappa Phi (Scholastic Honorary), Life Member

  • Vice President, Butler U. Chapter, 2004-2005

Pi Kappa Lambda (Music/Scholastic Honorary)

  • President, Delta Zeta Chapter, 1987-1991, 2003-2008.
  • National Associate Regent, 1988-1991.
  • Vice President, Delta Zeta Chapter, 2001-2003.

Sigma Alpha Iota (Music Sorority)

  • Alumni Scholarship Winner

Tau Beta Sigma (Band Honorary)

  • Honorary member (Spring 2006)

Association Memberships (professional/educational)

Music Library Association, National, 1998-present.

  • Member, Nominating Committee (2008).
  • Member, Program Committee (2008).
  • Chair, Personnel Subcommittee (2006-present).
  • Member, Personnel Subcommittee (2001-2005).
  • Member, Core Music Title List Committee (2000).
  • Coordinator, Résumé Review Service (Feb. 2005).
  • Career Mentor (2005-06).
  • Member, Development Committee (2005).

Music Library Association, Midwest Chapter, 1985-1995, 1997-present.
  • Outreach Coordinator, 2004+
  • Member, Membership Committee (1986-1991, 2003- ).
  • Member, Public Services Committee (1999-present).
  • Member, Nominating Committee (1989-1990, 2004).

National Association of Teachers of Singing, 1994-present.

American Library Association, 1994-1998.
  • Member, College Library Section, Continuing Education Committee (1997-1998).

1986-1995 CIALSA (Central Indiana Library Service Authority).
  • Member, Continuing Education Committee (1992-1995).
  • Chair, Interlibrary Loan Task Force (1991-1992).
  • Chair, Professional Relations Committee (1990-1991).
  • Member, Professional Relations Committee (1989-1991).
  • Member, Academic Services Committee (1986-1987).
1995-2002 INCOLSA Reference Services Roundtable.

1986-1991 MOUG (Music OCLC Users' Group).

Professional Experience

Have served in the following capacities as a member of the Butler Libraries' staff (since September, 1976):

  • Music & Fine Arts Librarian
  • Interim Ass't. Dean of Public Services
  • Associate Dean and Head of Public Services
  • Acting Director of Libraries
  • Associate Director of Public Services
  • Acting Head of Reference
  • Associate Music & Fine Arts Librarian
  • Assistant Music & Fine Arts Librarian