Arsen Ralph Papakhian (1948-2010)

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Arsen Ralph Papakhian (1948-2010). Ralph Papakhian, head of technical services for the William & Gayle Cooke Music Library at Indiana University (IU), Bloomington, passed away on 14 January 2010.

Throughout his career, Ralph was active in the Music Library Association (MLA), and he made significant contributions to the association, serving on its board of directors as assistant fiscal officer and fiscal officer (1986-88), and as executive secretary (1988-92). In 1992, he was awarded MLA's Special Achievement Award for his "countless efforts to bring the Association into the electronic age of communications"--most notably, for his role in founding MLA-L in 1989--and in 2008 was given the MLA Citation in recognition of his distinguished service to the profession. He received two Richard S. Hill Awards for the best article on music librarianship: in 1985 for the article (written with Richard Smiraglia) "Music in the OCLC Online Union Catalog: A Review" (Notes 38, no. 2 [December 1981]: 257-74), and in 2002 for his article "Cataloging" (as part of the issue, "Music Librarianship at the Turn of the Century," Notes 56, no. 3 [March 2000]: 581-90).

Ralph was best known for his work as a music cataloger. He was a model practitioner and teacher. …