Faculty & Staff

Heather Darnell

Music, Film, and Media Librarian


  • B.A. Music, Texas Tech
  • MLS, University of Maryland

Heather Darnell is the Music, Film, and Media Librarian for George Mason University. A native Texan, she holds a B.A. in music (oboe) from Texas Tech University and a Master’s of Library Science from the University of Maryland. Prior to her current role, Heather served as Mason’s Media and Dance Librarian and worked as a Library Media Specialist at Northern Virginia Community College. She has completed music 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.

Heather’s current research focuses on how performing artists discover and use information in their creative processes. She was the recipient of a 2019 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship fellowship for her project “The Information Behavior of Filmmakers.” Once complete, Heather hopes to apply her methodology to composers and conductors.

Contact Ms. Darnell: hdarnell@gmu.edu