Current Professional Activities

Baruch College, City University of New York, New York, NY
Assistant Professor | Metadata Librarian, 2013-present

  • Description forthcoming
  • Music Library Association
    Bibliographic Control Commmittee, Metadata Subcommittee, 2010 [four-year term]

  • Served as interim chair, August-October, 2013
  • Survey analysis in preparation for the Music Metadata Clearinghouse
  • Liaison to the Emerging Technolgies Group for drafting of the Music Discovery Requirements document
  • Publications

  • [In progress] Giving credit where it's due: Developing a database for professional musicians.
  • [In progress] Balancing Art and History: Titling Informational Images in VRA Core.
  • [In print] Szeto, K. (2013). Positioning library data for the Semantic Web: Recent developments in resource description. Journal of Web Librarianship, 7(3).
  • Newcomer, N. L., Belford, R., Kulczak, Matthew, J., Shaw, M. & Szeto, K. (2013, January 7). Music discovery resources. Retrieved from
  • Newcomer, N. L., Belford, R., Kulczak, Szeto, K., Matthew, J., & Shaw, M. (2013). Music discovery requirements: A guide to optimizing interfaces. Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, 69(3), 494-524. (link)
  • Szeto, K. (2012). Musicking online: Organizing reference sources in the digital age. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 24(3), 243-244. (link)
  • Szeto, K. (2011). Digital spoken words demystified: The nuts and bolts of do-it-yourself podcasting. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 23(4), 417-419. (link)
  • Szeto, K. (2011). Digitizing everything? Part II: Piloting metadata creation. Journal of Library Administration Management Section of the New York Library Association, 8(1), 31-49. (link)
  • Szeto, K. (2011). “Digitizing everything? The launch of the digital imaging program at Queens Library.” Journal of the Library Administration and Management Section of the New York Library Association, (7)2, 5-15. (link)
  • Previous Professional Experience

    SUNY Maritime College, Bronx, NY
    Librarian, 2010-2013

  • Tenure-track position at the Assistant Librarian rank
  • Provided academic reference with specialties in the humanities and marine sciences
  • Participated in collection development in performing arts and science areas
  • Managed digital services through OPAC and online databases
  • Performed original and complex copy cataloging, subject analysis, and classification in all formats
  • Responsible for overall operations of the Federal Depository, including acquisitions, collection development, cataloging, and records/documents management
  • Developed metadata implementation guidelines for archival collections
  • Maintained library systems for the Ship's Library
  • Participated in search committees for librarians and interns
  • Served as the Library Liaison to the Science Department
  • Taught information literacy workshops
  • Supervised full-time, part-time, and hourly staff
  • Queens Library, Jamaica, NY
    Metadata Librarian, 2009-2010

  • Member of the Digital Assets Management Systems team responsible for the initial launch of cataloging activities, metadata creation, and digital content migration
  • Responsible for developing digitization requirements, quality control procedures, and documentation for projects involving the digitization of photographic materials
  • Developed cataloging workflow for all digitized materials, including creating custom work forms and programs using Visual Basic, Perl, and Python
  • Trained cataloging staff on metadata basics and metadata creation
  • Created descriptive, technical, and geographic metadata for photograph collections
  • Assisted with web development, including requirements specification and interface design
  • Provided general reference and specialized services in archival collections, historical maps, historical periodicals, photographs and genealogy
  • Queens Library, Jamaica, NY
    Music Librarian, 2008-2010

  • Provide general reference and specialized service in music, visual arts, architecture, sports and entertainment
  • Performed original and complex copy cataloging, subject analysis, classification, and authority work
  • Cataloged formats including monographs, music scores, maps, serial graphic novels and electronic resources
  • Cataloged foreign language materials in Spanish, French, German and Chinese
  • City University of New York, New York, NY
    Lecturer at Queens College, 2008-2013 ; Adjunct Lecturer at Lehman College, 2008 and 2012

  • Taught graduate courses in bibliographic database design and construction, library systems analysis, and library metadata
  • Taught undergraduate courses in geology and environmental science
  • Argento New Music Project, New York, NY
    General Manager, 2006-2013

  • Developed an integrated database for the music library, event management and finance
  • Directed arts administration internship program for college students
  • Participated in strategic planning in marketing and development with the board of directors
  • Performed bookkeeping; generate financial statements and reports; process payroll
  • Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY
    Research Assistant, 2004-2007

  • Developed program routines and software applications for multiple research collaborators
  • Specialized in quantitative research and statistical analysis of geospatial data sets
  • Mentored undergraduate and graduate students
  • WHPK, University of Chicago Radio, Chicago, IL
    Classical Format Chief, 2002-2004

  • Developed and supervised the electronic catalog for the classical sound recordings library
  • Provided staff training in audio and broadcast equipment
  • Developed programming guidelines in collaboration with programming directors and station manager
  • Recruited radio hosts and managed scheduling
  • Columbia University, New York, NY
    Program Coordinator, Music Performance Program, 1999-2001
    Manager, University Orchestra, 1998-1999
    Librarian, University Orchestra, 1997-1998

  • Cataloged and weeded the University Orchestra Library; prepared items for off-site storage
  • Processed music purchases and rentals; maintained budget; processed payroll
  • Coordinated concert events—publicity, designs, scheduling, house managing
  • Conducted research for program notes and season programming
  • Education

    Queens College, City University of New York, NY
    Master of Library and Information Science, 2009

    Columbia University , New York, NY
    Master of Philosophy in Marine Geology and Geophysics, 2007
    Master of Arts in Earth and Environmental Science, 2006

    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Master of Arts in Music History and Theory, 2002

    Columbia University , New York, NY
    Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Statistics and Music, 2000

    The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, UK
    Licentiate Diploma (LRSM) in Violin Performance, 1997
    Licentiate Diploma (LRSM) in Piano Performance, 1996

    Fellowships and Awards

    United University Professionals Professional Development Award, 2012
    American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship, 2008-2009
    Columbia University Faculty Fellowship, 2004-2007
    University Fellowship in the Humanities, 2001-2002
    Rappaport Summer Music Fellowship, 2000
    Charles Hayden Memorial Scholarship, 1996-1999


    Digital Metro New York Grant for Collaborative Digitization Projects, 2010
    Queens Memory Project: Oral History of the Waldheim Neighborhood in Flushing, Queens
    CUNY Queens College, Queens Borough Public Library



    Spanish, French, German (reading)
    Cyrillc (transliteration)
    Chinese (reading, typing, spoken)


    Windows, Mac OS, UNIX operating systems
    Word, WordPerfect, Excel, Powerpoint
    Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Captivate


    C, MatLab/Fortran
    XML, HTML, JavaScript, PHP, Perl