Aaron M. Bittel serves as Archivist-Librarian and Head of Digital Projects for the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive, one of the largest and oldest ethnographic audiovisual archives in North America, and is also an adjunct faculty member teaching courses on audiovisual archives and oral history at UCLA. His principal areas of research and professional practice are archives education, digital archives, and the implementation of open standards and open platforms for preservation and access. He served for several years as co-chair of the Education and Training Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC), and has also held leadership positions in the Music Library Association (MLA) and International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA). Aaron is an active musician with scholarly and performing interests in free reed instruments, music of the Balkans, and Irish traditional music.
Bittel holds Master’s degrees in Library/Information Science and Ethnomusicology and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.