Archives ….and all that Jazz
Jared Negley, Slippery Rock University Archives assistant
Jared Negley, former Slippery Rock University graduate, is Bailey Library’s newest Archives assistant. Negley graduated from SRU in 2008 with a Bachelor in the Arts of Music degree and an East Asian Studies Minor.
Jared is an avid jazz musician and plays the upright bass. His freelance jazz playing led him from gigs at the North Country Brewery in Slippery Rock and the Butler Symphony Office, to playing with bands like the Trinity Jazz Orchestra and the Harmony-Zelienople Jazz Band. He teaches private music lessons and taught jazz combo and improvisation with a team of other SRU student assistants at the Slippery Rock University Summer Creative & Performing Arts Academy. He also taught bass, rhythm section and ear training master classes.
As an undergrad, Negley spent much of his time in Bailey Library studying and doing group work. He then procured employment as a student worker in the Serials department where he helped patrons locate periodicals and prepared journals for binding, as well as updated holding records. It was during this time that he realized he wanted to become a librarian with music as his specialty. Jared also has another tie with Bailey Library. His mother, Dorothyann Negley, worked at Bailey in the Technical Services Department for 32 years until her retirement in 2010.
In 2008, Jared continued his education at Rutgers University in New Jersey where he studied Jazz History and Research until his graduation in 2010 with his Master of the Arts degree. While at Rutgers, Negley taught a course on the history of rock and pop music. At the Institute of Jazz Studies in New Jersey, he gained valuable experience as an Archives assistant, working there from 2008 to 2010.
The Pratt Institute came next where Jared earned his Master of Science degree in Library and Information Sciences in 2012. During this period he furthered his archival experience with an internship at the Louis Armstrong Archives in Queens, New York. “I like working in libraries. I like the idea of giving people free access to information and preserving our history,” said Negley.
Then, in the latter part of 2014, Slippery Rock University Archives department advertised for an Archives assistant to create an online database for record groups and collections, and to digitize and upload photos. Jared applied, was interviewed, and offered the position. He accepted, and the rest, as they say, is history.