FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has named Philip Ponella chief digital officer, effective Aug. 1, in addition to his roles as Wennerstrom-Phillips Music Library Director and director of music information technology services.
Ponella currently oversees all aspects of library operations and technology at the Jacobs School, which he joined in 2004.
“The use of technology and digital resources is integral to almost everything we do at the Jacobs School today, and many of our future plans include initiatives that will demand even more in the way of technological resources,” said Jeremy Allen, David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean (Interim). “Our potential for the creative and effective use of digital tools, platforms and services calls for a dedicated leader to help develop strategies and coordinate these activities.
“Phil Ponella has demonstrated his skill and vision in this area for many years, and he is the ideal person to take on these additional responsibilities. We are very happy to welcome him to the role of chief digital officer and very grateful for his willingness to help us achieve our goals in this way.”
Ponella also 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.