D.J. Hoek is Associate University Librarian for Research and Engagement in the Northwestern University Libraries. For many years he served as head of Northwestern’s Music Library, and he continues to teach courses on research methods in the Bienen School of Music. He holds advanced degrees in music theory, composition, and library science from Bowling Green State University and Indiana University.
As a librarian, he specializes in the administration of research services and collections; as a musician and scholar, he specializes in the history and documentation of twentieth-century music. He is the author of Steve Reich: A Bio-Bibliography (2002) and Analyses of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Music, 1940-2000 (2007), plus articles, essays, and reviews on jazz, John Cage, independent record labels, copyright and licensing, and the Beatles. He has presented papers at meetings of the Music Library Association, the Popular Culture Association, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, and the American Musicological Society, and his writings have appeared in publications such as Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, Popular Music & Society, ARSC Journal, American Libraries, and College & Research Libraries. He also has been a Fellow in Northwestern’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.