‘The Thrill Never Goes Away’

If you spend much time on Wikipedia, particularly if you’re researching music from the late classical era and the early Romantic period, chances are you’ll get to know Bob Kosovsky. You can also find him on IMDB, the Internet Movie Database, in the short films section. And if you follow library discussions on Twitter, you can meet him there as well.


Then again, you can always take the old-fashioned approach and visit the New York Public Library, where Bob works as the curator of rare books and manuscripts for the Music Division. If you don’t see him roaming the stacks in the music collection, just be patient and wait a little while—he can’t stay away from the books and manuscripts for very long.

“There are days when I have to sit at my desk for a long time,” he says, “and when I realize I’ve been doing that for more than four or five hours, I deliberately get up and walk into the stacks, and I say to myself, ‘I can’t believe I work here!’ The thrill never goes away.”

In an interview with Information Outlook, Bob talks about his interest in music, his decision to become a librarian, why he joined SLA, his work for Wikipedia, and why he’d like to meet Mozart. Click here to read the interview.

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