Library Faculty/Staff profile for hdarnell

Heather Darnell

Music, Film and Media Librarian
Arts and Humanities Team; Learning, Research and Engagement


Master of Library Science '14, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Dual Bachelor of Arts in Music and Classics '11, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


Heather Darnell is the Music, Film, and Media Librarian for George Mason University Libraries. Prior to Mason, Heather was a Library Media Specialist at Northern Virginia Community College, where she managed the library's audiovisual technology lending program and Digital Media Studio. She has completed media and performing arts library and archives projects in academic and federal organizations, including the University of Maryland Special Collections in Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives. Her current research focuses on how performing artists discover and use information in their creative processes.

What I do at Mason Libraries

As Music, Film, and Media Librarian, Heather develops Mason's physical and streaming media collections and manages media equipment and technology. In addition, she develops Mason Libraries' music and film collections and provides instruction and research help in these areas.

Research Interests

Heather Darnell was awarded a fellowship from the Institute for Research Design and Librarianship (IRDL) for her project, "The Information Behavior of Film Directors." The project seeks to understand how independent film directors discover and use information during the filmmaking process.


Selected Professional Awards

2019 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship Scholar

2014 Dance Heritage Coalition Fellow

Contact Information: 
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Fenwick Library
Schedule Appointment:
With Heather at Fairfax