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Langston Bates

Langston Bates


Born in Chicago and raised in Oklahoma, Langston Bates was appointed Librarian for the Black Cultural Center on Sept. 19, 2011. Bates earned a bachelor's degree in music composition from the University of Oklahoma, a master's degree in music production from the University of Miami and a master's degree in library science from the University of North Texas.

Before coming to Purdue, Bates worked as a library assistant at the Melvin B. Tolson Black Heritage Center at Langston University. He was a participant in the Association of Research Libraries Diversity Scholars program sponsored by Purdue. Bates coordinates the allocation and distribution of resources in the library and manages the online content for the center. He also works with Purdue University Libraries in helping first-year students master the use of research guides, electronic databases and other educational resources available at the University.

Bates' research interests include information literacy, American popular music and culture, and contemporary global folk music. He is a hip-hop composer and producer who has created works for local emcees, symphony orchestras, gospel choirs and electronic synthesizer ensembles.