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David E. Fenske

Dean Emeritus and Professor

Fenske's major teaching and research interests are digital libraries, informatics, knowledge management tools and agents and information technology systems. He has been involved with the design and the deployment of a major digital library service while at Indiana University. He presented digital library concepts to national and international audiences as part of his previous work with IBM.


  • PhD, Musicology and minor in Library Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BM, Music Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research/Teaching Interests

Digital libraries, informatics, knowledge management and information technologies

Select Publications

  • Fenske, D.E. and Dunn, J. "The VARIATIONS Project at Indiana University’s Music Library.” D-Lib Magazine, (1996). (accessed Sept 30, 2013).
  • Fenske, D.E. "Humanities Technology Roundtable." Research & Creative Activity, (September 1994): 13ff, transcript.
  • Fenske, D.E. "Core Literature for Music Bibliography." Foundations in Music Bibliography: Papers from the Conference on Music Bibliography, (Northwestern University, 1986), ed. Richard D. Green (New York: Haworth Press, 1993), 203-226.
  • Fenske, D.E. "Core Literature for Music Bibliography.” Music Reference Services Quarterly II/1-2, (1993): 203-226.
  • Fenske, D.E. and Burroughs, M. "VARIATIONS: A hypermedia project providing integrated access to music information.” Proceedings at the International Computer Music Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, for the Computer Music Association, 1990.

Grant Awards

  • IBM Sponsored University Research Equipment grant (Drexel University). 2003.
  • Obtained a large UNISYS server for the iSchool (Drexel University). 2000-2002.
  • Instrumental in Indiana University obtaining an IBM Sponsored University Research equipment grant (approx. value $250,000). 1997.
  • Raised from IBM an in-kind gift of $400,000 for the VARIATIONS Project beyond normal educational discounting. 1995.
  • Wrote with Jon Dunn a successful grant for video digitization to the peer reviewed New Computing Initiatives program (approx. value $41,000). 1994-1995.
  • Department of Education Title IIC grant. Project Director for the Indiana. 1993-94.
  • University subcontract of an AMLG grant hosted by Cornell University to contribute NACO headings for the participating AMLG libraries. 1993-4.

Professional Activities & Associations

  • Member, American Library Association
  • Member, Association for Library and Information Science Education
  • Member, American Association for Higher Education
  • Member, American Society for Information Science and Technology
  • Member, Computing Research Association
  • Member, Eastern Technology Council of Delaware Valley, CIO Institute