January 28, 2022

Florida: Two Jacksonville Librarians, Matthew Moyer and Andrew Coulon, Showcase Public Library’s Music Collection

From the Florida Times-Union:

Among the librarians profiled in the 2012 movers and shakers issue [of LJ} were Matthew Moyer and Andrew Coulon, who were singled out for creating personalized playlists of albums from the Jacksonville Public Library’s music collection for patrons.

Moyer, 37, a popular media department reference librarian at the Main Library, said he got the idea for the personalized playlists from the Readers Advisory service, which would recommend books to library patrons based on their reading habits.

“I got envious of that service,” he said.

So in March 2011, he, Coulon, 33, and their colleague, Alissa Leonard, began offering the playlist service. Patrons would fill out questionnaires about their musical likes and dislikes and the librarians would use the answers to make five or six recommendations.


There are plenty of online music recommendation services, but they rely on algorithms and tend to skew toward the most popular choices, Coulon said. But as they pick albums for the Jacksonville library playlists, he and his colleagues try for unusual and relatively unknown selections, Coulon said.

Compiling musical playlists isn’t the only innovative idea Moyer and Coulon have been pursuing.

Much More in the Complete Article

See Also: Personalized Playlists Page from the Jacksonville Public Library

See Also: Music for the Masses: Music Clubs, Part 1, March 2013 by Matthew Moyer (March 6, 2013 via LJ)

See Also: More Matthew Moyer Articles via LJ

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.