EducationB.M., Illinois Wesleyan University, Piano PerformanceM.M., Southern Methodist University, Harpsichord PerformanceM.S., University of Illinois, Library ScienceM.A.P.C., Loyola University, Pastoral CounselingBiographyJoan Schuitema received her B.M. from Illinois Wesleyan University where she studied with Dr. R. Bedford Watkins. She also holds a M.M. from Southern Methodist University where she studied with Dr. Larry Palmer and Isolde Ahlgrimm, as well as participated in master classes with Gustav Leonhardt. Joan earned her M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she also served as a research assistant to Dr. D.W. Krummel. Joan serves as the Music Librarian and Coordinator of Technical Services at the Ronald Williams Library.
An active music librarian, Joan has held positions in academic music libraries (Southern Methodist University and Northwestern University) as well as served as the music specialist at OCLC, a non-profit corporation providing bibliographic services to libraries worldwide. She has also held administrative positions in technical services at both Loyola University and UIC before joining NEIU in August 2010. Joan has been active nationally having held significant posts in both the American Library Association and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging. She is recognized as a speaker, trainer, and consultant within her profession.
In her spare time, she helped establish the Epiphany Counseling Center hosted by United Church of Rogers Park after having received her Master’s in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.P.C.) from Loyola in 2005, and has served as a staff therapist there. To keep her inner musician happy, Joan sings in the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir in Evanston under the direction of Mark Crayton and James Janssen. An avid animal lover, Joan has two cats (Murphy and Chihuly) and two schipperkes (Parker and Lizzy), one of which she shows.
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