Librarian Spotlight

This month’s librarian spotlight is on Spiro Shetuni, Dacus Library’s Head of the Authority Control/Database Management Department.


Spiro has worked at Dacus Library for almost 8 years. As the Head of the Authority Control/Database Management Department his main responsibilities include assigning, correcting, and updating subject headings and authority records in the online catalog to facilitate discovery by students, faculty, staff, and other users.

Originally from Albania, Spiro received a BA degree in Music Theory from Tirana State University in Tiranë, Albania. He later received a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the same institution. He came to the United States in 1992 as a Fulbright Scholar. In 1999 he graduated from Kent State University with an MLS degree in Academic Librarianship.

Spiro has published many scholarly books and articles on Albanian music. Here are his most recently published titles: “Albanian Traditional Music: An Introduction,” (2011), “Albanian Traditional Music: Gheg Music,” (2012), “Albanian Traditional Music: Tosk Music,” (2012), “Albanian Traditional Music: Lab Music,” (2013), “Albanian Traditional Music: Urban Music,” (2013), “Albanian Traditional Music: The Historical Continuation” (2014).

As part of his library duties Spiro has developed research guides on several subjects including Music, Speech, Design, English and Literature, Fine Arts and Modern Languages. Take a look at his current two research guides: Opera Literature and Piano Pedagogy. These guides are a great place to get ideas and tips on resources to use for your research in these areas of study. If you would like to meet with him for a research consultation, he is happy to set up an appointment. Just send an email to

Dacus Library has many wonderful librarians on staff who all teach library instruction classes, work various hours on the reference desk and do collection development work. Each librarian also has other specialized responsibilities within the library. To learn more, check back at the beginning of each month for a new librarian spotlight post.

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