Philip Ponella is the Wennerstrom-Phillips Music Library Director, chief digital officer, and director of music information technology services at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He oversees all aspects of library operations and technology at the school.
Additionally, he coordinates the Specialization in Music Librarianship offered through the Department of Information and Library Science in IU’s Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, teaches the graduate Music Bibliography course, and co-teaches the Seminar in Music Librarianship.
Previously, Ponella was director of academic technology services at the University of Rochester and director of technology and music production at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, in addition to leading technology, he taught the graduate Music Bibliography course and several technology related courses in the Institute for Music Leadership.
Ponella holds master’s degrees in both music and library and information science, and has presented at regional, national, and international conferences. He has served on several professional committees, including grant review committees for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and participated in the National Recorded Sound Preservation Plan, Copyright, Preservation, and Public Access Task Force.
He has been the recipient of awards from the Surdna Foundation, H. W. Wilson Company, and the Music Library Association.