About Casey

About Casey

Librarian Bio

Casey A. Mullin is Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Western Washington University Libraries. He formerly served as Music Cataloger at the New York Public Library and as Head of Data Control for the Stanford University Libraries. Additionally, he is Managing Partner of the contract cataloging firm Flourish Music Metadata Solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Western Washington University and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University Bloomington. He has served as chair of the Music Library Association's Vocabularies Subcommittee and as chair of the Music OCLC Users Group, and is currently serving a two-year term as member-at-large on the MLA Board. 

Within the American Library Association, Casey has served on the Subject Analysis Committee's Subcommittee on Genre Form Implementation and currently chairs its successor group, the Subcommittee on Faceted Vocabularies. A longtime contributor to the NACO-Music Project and BIBCO Music Funnel, he also currently serves PCC as member-at-large on the Policy Committee and as BIBCO Music Funnel Coordinator. 

Casey is the 2019 recipient of both MLA's Richard S. Hill Award and ALA's Esther J. Piercy Award, and is the 2021 recipient of MOUG's Distinguished Service Award. Outside of librarianship, he is active as a freelance violist, violinist, pianist, arranger, and writer on music.

Musician Bio

Casey Mullin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Washington University and a Master of Library Science (music librarianship specialization) from Indiana University Bloomington, where he also performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jacobs School of Music's top-caliber symphonic ensemble. His instructors have included Matthew Michelic of Lawrence University, Eric Kean of WWU and Ruth Freeman of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. As a chamber and orchestral musician, he is equally at home on the viola, violin and piano. He was a member of Seattle-based string quartet Muse, the Madrona String Quartet of Bellingham, Washington, and most recently the Grace Note Chamber Players of Palo Alto, California, a group specializing in the music of Frank Bridge and other unjustly neglected composers. 

Casey served as principal viola of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra from 2002-2006, appearing as a soloist with them in 2006, performing William Walton's viola concerto. He has performed with numerous orchestras in Wisconsin, Washington, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, California, and New York, and currently performs with the Pacifica Chamber Orchestra in Everett, WA. He regularly attends the Golden Gate Chamber Players, an annual invitation-only workshop in Carmel Valley, California, and has received chamber music coaching from members of the Avalon, Artemis, Daedalus, Enso and Ives quartets. He is also an avid recitalist, having recently given the world premiere 0f the Sonata for Viola and Piano by Peter Dayt0n.

In his non-performing life, Casey is on the faculty of the WWU Libraries, having previously served as music cataloger for the New York Public Library and as a metadata librarian for Stanford University. He also serves as managing partner of the firm Flourish Music Metadata Solutions, and is very active with several professional library organizations. Additionally, he is a published writer of program notes and concert reviews, having served in the latter capacity for the Bellingham Herald.