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In 2004, Van Cleve published her first book, Oboe Unbound: Contemporary Techniques. Composer Anthony Braxton said of the book: "The release of this book will extend the evolution and exploratory dimensions of creative oboe music. It is a must-have for any serious student of oboe music." In 2014, a revised edition was released. Prominent oboist Allan Vogel commented, "Oboe Unbound is inspiring comprehensive, and easy to learn from...I recommend it highly." As a more recent project, Van Cleve has released the first three Bach Cello Suites, edited for oboe, through The Music Source, T.D. Ellis Music Publishing.
Van Cleve began her work at the Oral History of American Music as assistant to the director in 1993 and in 2000, became associate director. In 2004, Van Cleve spearheaded efforts which resulted in a $148,000 grant toward preserving OHAM's recordings from the Save America's Treasures initiative. Her second book was published in 2005, Composers' Voices From Ives to Ellington, co-written with Vivian Perlis. In 2006, the two co-authors received ASCAP's Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for their work. In 2010, Libby Van Cleve succeeded Vivian Perlis as Director of the Oral History of American Music project.