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Madelyn Shackelford Washington, MLS

Assistant Librarian
University Library of Columbus
LC Room 1605

PHONE: 812.375.7571
FAX: 812.314.8722

Biographical Statement

Madelyn Shackelford Washington came to librarianship after 13 years as a professional performing artist. While gaining experience working in reference and bibliographic instruction at California State University in Los Angeles, Ms. Washington developed a passion for information literacy, thus inspiring her to start a career in information provision.

In her last position as a metadata specialist in the Digital Library Program at Indiana University in Bloomington, she gained expertise in areas of digital project management, metadata generation, and semantic Web technology application. Her research foci are: music, metadata generation, and managing information in digital environments for poverty eradication.

As assistant librarian, she fuses her knowledge of emerging technologies with reference services to implement collaborative efforts and strategies for building bridges between diverse groups on campus and the library community.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry Studies, California State University, Northridge
  • Master of Music in Afro Latin Music, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Master of Library Science, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Certified International Tour Manager, International Guide Academy, Denver

Professional Activities

  • American Library Association
  • American Society of Information Science and Technology
  • American Studies Association
  • Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora
  • Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Member of:

  • Indiana Black Librarians Network
  • Indiana Library Federation
  • Indiana University Librarians Association
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Reforma
  • The Society for Ethnomusicology



  • (Spring 2013). “Describing Diasporan Digital Information Objects.” Afrolatin Project (accepted); URL:

Conference Paper

  • Madelyn Washington, Mark Notess, Jon Dunn. (2011) “Taking Music Metadata from MARC to FRBR to RDF.” DC-2011: International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, The Hague, Netherlands, 21-23, September 2011

Master’s Thesis