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University Library

Academic Rank

Associate Librarian, Emeritus

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of Texas at Austin, Graduate School of Library & Information Science, MLIS, 1993

San Francisco State University, Broadcast Communication Arts, BA 1989

Administrative and Professional Experience

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San Jose State University, Reference/Instruction Librarian, 2001-2021.

Dean B. Ellis Library, Arkansas State University, Arkansas, December 1998 - June 2001.

Austin Community College, Austin Texas, Reference Librarian, June 1994 - April 1998.

University of Texas at Austin, College of Education, Learning Technology Center, Audio-Visual Education Specialist I, February 1994 - April 1998.


DJ: KKUP-FM, Cupertino, CA. Produce occasional on-air jazz and blues programs.

DJ: KSJS-FM, San Jose State University. Produce occasional on-air jazz and blues programs. Act as engineer/board operator for special programs. Participate in promotional activities.

Selected Publications

Kauppila, P. [Review of the book The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae: The Complete Story of Reggae Told through Its Greatest Songs, Famous and Forgotten, by Michael Garnice]. Notes 75(1), (2018), 116-118.

Kauppila, Paul. "Sounds of Fear and Wonder: Music in Cult TV" Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television Vol. 37 Iss. 4 (2017) p. 753 - 754 ISSN: 0143-9685
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Kauppila, Paul. (2011-2016). Articles for: Allen Toussaint, Stanley Dural a.k.a. ‘Buckwheat Zydeco, Buddy Guy, Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, Cosimo Matassa, Lee Dorsey, Dale Hawkins, and Slim Harpo, in an online Encyclopedia, which is part of 64 Parishes, a project of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), a nonprofit that has partnered with communities, institutions, and individuals since 1971 to explore Louisiana’s past, reflect on our present, and imagine our future. In 2008 LEH launched KnowLA, the online encyclopedia of Louisiana. 64 Parishes represents the evolution of this work, combining the encyclopedia and magazine under one title and continuing to produce engaging, well-researched information all about Louisiana.

Kauppila, Paul; Belanger, Sandra E. and Rosenblum, Lisa. "Merge Everything It Makes Sense to Merge: The History and Philosophy of the Merged Reference Collection at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose, California" Collection Management Vol. 31 Iss. 3 (2007)
Available at: The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose, California is a unique dual-use library serving the students of San Jose State University and the community of San Jose, California. The reference collections of the two libraries are merged and interfiled to promote ease of access for both populations served. Economies of scale were realized through collaborative collection development activities for major reference purchases between the two institutions. This article describes the planning and creation of the King Library's merged reference collection and reviews the literature of collaborative collection development and merged or interfiled collections.

Kauppila, Paul. "The Sound of the Suburbs: A Case Study of Three Garage Bands in San Jose, California during the 1960s" Popular Music and Society Vol. 2 Iss. 3 (2006)
Available at: The Chocolate Watchband, the Count Five, and the Syndicate of Sound were three garage bands from San Jose, California. During the 1960s, before the high‐tech economy transformed the Santa Clara Valley into Silicon Valley, San Jose was a culturally sleepy suburb. This paper will examine these three groups in the context of 1960s culture and society and will compare and contrast their image and musical output with that of the better‐known “hippie” music scene originating an hour north in San Francisco.

Kauppila, Paul. "From Memphis to Kingston: An Investigation into the Origin of Jamaican Ska" Social and Economic Studies Vol. 55 Iss. 1/2 (2006)
Available at: The distinguishing characteristic of most Jamaican popular music recordings, including reggae and its predecessor, ska, is an emphasis on the offbeat or afterbeat instead of on the downbeat, as found in most US pop music. A study is presented that critically examines proposed theories to explain this tendency through historical and musicological analysis and concludes that the prevalence of the downbeat is a mixture of Jamaican folk and African-American pop music influences in its earliest incarnation but was later deliberately emphasized in an attempt to create a unique new musical style.

Kauppila, Paul and Russell, Sharon. "Economies of scale in the library world: the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Library in San Jose, California" New Library World Vol. 104 Iss. 7/8 (2003)
Available at: Discusses the new Dr Martin Luther King Jr Library in San Jose´, California, which will house the collections of the San Jose´ Public Library’s main branch and the San Jose´ State University’s Library system in one new building. Outlines the conception of the project, the site selection and the planning process. Considers the communities served, usage patterns and services. Focuses on the management structure and operations in light of a, perhaps controversial, aspect of mixing city and university library staff under the same roof, some performing similar functions, but with different supervisors and employing agencies. Discusses the new library in the context of other joint-use libraries and in the context of economies of scale and future trends. Evaluates the arising challenges and opportunities.

See attached CV for additional publications.

Personal Commentary

Over his 20-year service to the University, Paul helped students, staff, and faculty find, evaluate and use information. He was a scholar of music and popular culture. Paul was a strong supporter of labor rights, as a proud California Faculty (CFA) leader and member. Paul collaborated with San Jose public librarians and SJSU faculty to coordinate various community programs and grants that focused on the Federal Writers' Project, music in America and the Constitution.



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Kauppila, Paul (1960-2022)