D.J. Hoek is the Associate University Librarian for Research & Engagement.
He holds advanced degrees in music theory, composition, and library science from Bowling Green State University and Indiana University. From 2004-2015 he served as head of Northwestern’s Music Library, and he continues to teach courses on music research methods in the Bienen School of Music. Before joining Northwestern in 2004, he held positions at Wichita State University and Kent State University. He also has been a fellow in Northwestern’s Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.
His research in the fields of librarianship and musicology focuses on the history and documentation of twentieth-century repertoires. Particular interests include overlooked intersections of jazz and rock with avant-garde music and matters of copyright, licensing, and ownership of digital media. He is the author of two books, Steve Reich: A Bio-Bibliography (2002) and Analyses of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Music, 1940-2000 (2007), the latter called “an essential reference tool” by Reference & User Services Quarterly. Other publications include scholarly articles, reviews, and editorials in Notes (Music Library Association), ARSC Journal (Association for Recorded Sound Collections), Popular Music & Society, American Libraries, and College & Research Libraries News. He also speaks regularly to alumni and community groups about Northwestern’s exceptional set of original handwritten Beatles lyrics.