Patrick Midtlyng joins SU Library as Sound Archivist

Thumbnail image for Midtlyng_Patrick.jpgPatrick Midtlyng joined Syracuse University Library as Sound Archivist in the Belfer Audio Archive on September 1. This position was established through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to revitalize Belfer’s research agenda and to ensure that the Belfer is integral and highly valued within the academic community.

Prior to joining the Library, Patrick served as Graduate Research Assistant in the Digital Media Archive and acting manager of the Language Lab and Archive at the University of Chicago. His work in the archive involved analysis of physical and digital items, developing metadata standards, evaluating and repairing fragile analog audio material, cataloging new material, and supervising graduate and undergraduate student employees. Patrick previously served as research assistant on the Washo Project, which focused on linguistic analysis of an under-documented language, and managed the University of Chicago Phonology Lab. Patrick also worked as a London-based overseas research assistant to a member of the United Kingdom Parliament, and was an intern at the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Patrick received a BA degree in Political Science from Grinnell College and a MA in Linguistics from the University of Chicago. He can be reached at

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