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Dr. Wade Kotter

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Dr. Kotter is Social Sciences Librarian in the Stewart Library at Weber State University. He is responsible for selecting library materials in the social sciences and music. In addition, he serves as liaison to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Music Program, teaches a course on information resources in the social sciences, provides reference service, and consults on an individual and group basis with library users who have special information needs in the social sciences and music. He also teaches one course a year for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Before coming to Weber State in 1994, Dr. Kotter worked in the libraries of the University of Maryland (College Park, MD); the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Washington, DC); and the Savings and Community Bankers of America (Washington, DC). In addition he worked for two years as a volunteer in the Natural History Branch of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Dr. Kotter is also an experienced archaeologist, having received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) in 1986.  Before pursuing his degree in Library Science, Dr. Kotter taught anthropology part-time at Towson University (Towson, MD), Montgomery College (Rockville, MD), and Prince George's Community College (Largo, MD). He continues to conduct active research in Near Eastern Archaeology. From June 4 to July 25, 1995, Dr. Kotter served as an Area Supervisor for the Tel Miqne-Ekron Excavations at Kibbutz Revadim, Israel.  This large site is the location of ancient Ekron, one of the Philistine capital cities mentioned in the Old Testament.

Finally, Dr. Kotter is an avocational performer and composer. His primary musical experience is as a singer, having performed with various church (LDS) and community choirs for nearly forty years, often as a soloist. He served in the past as President of the Ogden Community Choir, is currently tenor section leader in the Wasatch Master Chorale, and also is active in shape note singing in the Utah area. Ever since he can remember, he has made up songs, both serious and silly; he also plays the piano (barely) and has directed the congregational singing for a variety of church functions. Although his degrees are in library science and anthropology, he has taken a few music courses and done extensive reading in theory, choral composition and conducting. He began to put his music on paper in 2000, shortly after the death of his mother, who during her final illness encouraged him to start writing down his songs. He is especially interested in traditional American folk hymns of the early 19th century, particularly those belonging to the shape note and LDS traditions. He has composed several new hymns in a tradtional style, a few new settings for well-known hymn texts, and some new harmonizations of well-known hymn tunes. Several more ambitious arrangements of hymns and spirituals are also in progress. His current majoy project is a book-length companion to the first LDS hymn book (Emma Smith, 1835/36).

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Dr. Wade Kotter
Social Sciences & Music Librarian
Stewart Library
Weber State University
2901 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-2901

Voice: 801-626-7458
FAX: 801-626-7045 


Updated August 16, 2010 . Please send comments to Wade Kotter
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