Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie is Editor-in-Chief of Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), which publishes a comprehensive, international bibliography of scholarly and other significant writings on music that serves the global music research community. She is also Director of the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation, a scholarly facility of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York that aims to promote and provide a setting for wide-ranging research and documentation activities in music. She was elected President of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML) for a three-year term beginning August 2013, an organization that encourages and promotes the activities of music libraries, archives and documentation centres to support and facilitate the realization of projects in music bibliography, music documentation and music library and information science at national and international levels. A non-teaching faculty member of the Ph.D. Program in Music at the CUNY Graduate Center, Mackenzie serves on its Executive Committee.
As Editor-in-Chief of RILM, Mackenzie has expanded its operations and improved the coverage, currency, and retrospective content of the database. She has
given many presentations at international conferences and organizations on issues of bibliographic dissemination and the evolving role of RILM within the
research community. She has published many articles on bibliographic challenges in music scholarship as well as other musicological publications, including Music’s Intellectual History (2009), a volume of 67 articles on the historiography of music that she co-edited with Zdravko Blažeković.
Mackenzie is Director of the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation, which was founded by renowned musicologist Barry Brook and renamed in his honor upon his death in 1997. In addition to housing RILM, the Brook Center encompasses the Research Center for Music Iconography; Music in Gotham; the Foundation for Iberian Music; the Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments; the Xenakis Project of the Americas; 21st-Century Music in Society: The Lloyd Old and Constance Old Lectures; the Ensemble for the Romantic Century Seminars; the Foundation for French and Francophone Musical Cultures; and the 18th-Century Symphony Archive.
Mackenzie is Past President of NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services) for 2013, a global, non-profit membership organization serving those who create, aggregate, and organize authoritative information online. In addition, she chairs the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable committee. She is Vice President of Tannery Pond Concerts.
Mackenzie received her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Michigan, where she wrote on the dissemination of Italian comic opera in the 1740s. She has written and published on the Baglioni family of 18th-century opera singers and on comic opera in Naples and in Rome. Before coming to RILM as an editor, Mackenzie taught music history at Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan. Mackenzie, who studied voice at the University of Michigan with Martha Sheil and in New York with Stephen Sweetland, has given a number of recitals and appeared in concert singing music ranging from the Renaissance to Lieder, from opera to Cole Porter.