Innovative team-player, experienced in providing information services to a diverse community. High level of computer literacy and enthusiasm for new technologies as they can be used in helping us to accomplish our mission of access, instruction, and outreach.
- Ph.D. candidate, Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Program emphases: special collections, archives, print culture. Advisor: Wayne Wiegand. August 1997-January 2000.
- Master of Library Science, University of Kentucky, emphasis in Special Collections, 1989.
- Master of Arts, University of Kentucky, College of Communications, 1989.
- Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Kentucky, Anthropology major, 1983.
- Certificate: Cemetery preservation, Chicora Foundation, Summer 2004.
- Certificate: Rare Book Cataloguing at Rare Book School, University of Virginia, June 2000.
- Certificate: Manuscript Cataloguing, Society of American Archivists, May 2000.
- Certificate: Modern Archives Institute, National Archives and Records Administration, June 1990.
- Internship, Duke University Special Collections Department, Spring/Summer 1989. Advisor: Virginia Daley, Women’s Studies Archivist.
Librarian, Learning Resource Center Manager & Hybrid Coordinator
Fortis Institute, Port St. Lucie Sept 2015 – present
- Provides assistance to students, faculty, and staff;
- Develops library collection to support programs;
- Creates and conducts presentations;
- Manages the budget and oversees all library acquisitions;
- Purchases and catalogs library materials for circulation;
- Prepares for and successfully represents the library in academic accreditation audits;
- Participates in committees and coordinated activities with colleagues on multiple campuses;
- Provide on-campus and virtual support for hybrid nursing students.
Librarian March 2014-Sept 2015
Virginia College at Ft. Pierce, FL
- Provide assistance to students, faculty, and staff;
- Assist students with computer related questions (e-mail, Microsoft Office use, research);
- Develop new library collection to support programs;
- Create and conduct presentations on research process and information literacy;
- Manage the budget and oversee all library acquisitions to reflect growing needs of the campus and its programs;
- Purchase, catalog, and shelve library materials for circulation;
- Prepare for and successfully represent the library in academic accreditation audits;
- Train and supervise a library assistant;
- Produce quarterly campus enewsletters and library eblasts;
- Coordinate social media with corporate;
- Purchase, catalog, inventory, and distribute textbooks;
- Participate in committees and coordinated activities with colleagues on multiple campuses.
Social Media & Web Consultant 2011 – 2014
- Assisting several small businesses and nonprofit organizations with marketing and publicity through social media outreach; designing, creating, and updating websites; creating electronic newsletters; soliciting and editing content for web and print publications; writing and disseminating press releases; taking, selecting, and manipulating images for inclusion in media; optimizing websites for SEO, creating consistent branding for organizations;
- Creating invoices and billing.
Director of Operations Sept. 2013 – March 2014
Artists for a Cause, Palm City FL and St. Louis MO
- Marketing, including social media marketing, website updates and design, electronic newsletter design, graphic design of poster, flyers, programs, postcards, etc.;
- Event organization;
- Development of community partnerships;
- Maintenance of donor database;
- Grant proposal writing;
- Basic bookkeeping.
Archivist & Research Librarian March 2002 – June 2013
Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket, Massachusetts
- Assisting patrons in primary source, secondary, and online research;
- Directing volunteers and staff;
- Donor relations, including soliciting donations, meeting with donors, recording interactions, and acknowledging donations;
- Cataloguing all collections on collection and item level in databases, including books, photographs, collections, ephemera, artifacts, and maps;
- Establishing cataloguing procedures and workflows for library and collections departments;
- Creating exhibitions and creating print and digital catalogs;
- Evaluating patron access to information and rewriting database interfaces;
- Creating databases to better keep track of interactions and produce statistics;
- Establishing policies and procedures for security, digitization, billing;
- Writing grant proposals and administering grant-funded project in digitization of oral histories;
- Administering large projects with many volunteers, including cemetery inscription project and the Voices of the Fisheries oral history project with middle school students;
- Webmaster for large and active website for Nantucket Historical Association, 2006-2010;
- Outreach activities, including making presentations to groups, teaching classes, giving tours, creating many digital exhibits, establishing a social media and YouTube presence for the NHA, and publishing a weekly column in the local newspaper.
Web Designer 2004 – 2005
Novation Media, Nantucket, Massachusetts
- Updated and designed websites for many businesses and nonprofits.
Special Collections Access Coordinator Feb. 2000 – Feb. 2002
Utah State University, Merrill Library, Logan, Utah
- Performed content analysis of special collections materials;
- Original and copy cataloguing of all formats, including books, manuscripts, state documents, video and sound recordings, and artists’ books, according to AACR2 and APPM standards on an integrated library system (Horizon) and OCLC;
- Design, creation of, and maintenance of websites;
- Establishment and monitoring of workflow and policies and procedures for
- Special Collections cataloguing; and
- Continuing cleanup of old records and online authority records.
African Diaspora Project Assistant Sept. 1999 – Jan. 2000
State Historical Society of Wisconsin Library, Madison, Wisconsin
- Creation of a database of digital images and bibliographic records for periodicals of African-Europeans;
- Creation of websites for this project and for the African-American Newspapers and Periodicals Index.
Digital Production Assistant Dec. 1998 – Aug. 1999
Memorial Library Digital Production Facility, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Duties included participating in projects involving scanning materials for preservation, promotion, and access.
Graduate Assistant July 1998 – Dec. 2000
Memorial Library Special Collections Dept., University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Duties included cataloguing rare books according to AACR2 standards;
- Processing manuscript collections and preparing inventories;
- Interacting with patrons in-person and through telephone and email inquiries;
- Creating and maintaining department webpages and virtual exhibits and assisting with constructing displays.
Conservation Lab Assistant Sept. 1997 – Jan. 1998
State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Conservation Lab, Madison, Wisconsin
- Assisting in preservation activities such as encapsulating, creating case bindings, washing (dry and wet processes) documents, rehousing, removing mold, surveying new collections.
Graphic Artist and Curatorial Assistant June 1996 – Aug. 1997
La Crosse County Historical Society, La Crosse, Wisconsin
- Position included overhauling computerized catalog of museum and archival collection, cataloguing artifacts and documents using the American Museum Nomenclature system;
- Assisting with displays and exhibits;
- Using desk-top publishing software to edit and create newsletter, and creating brochures, flyers, mailings, etc.
Owner, Manager, Cook Aug. 1994 – June 1996
Natural Habitat Coffeehouse, Winona, Minnesota
- Small coffeehouse, restaurant, and art gallery.
Craftsperson, numinous clay forms May 1992 – June 1994
- Worked in my own studio and in a local potter’s studio.
Freelance archival work Nov. 1991 – May 1992
New Orleans, Louisiana
- Projects included organizing the personal collection of Macky Shilstone.
Newcomb College Archivist July 1989 – July 1991
Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Women’s studies faculty. This project was funded by a National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant, and focused on creating the archives of the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial University. The Newcomb Archives includes official college records; manuscript collections, oral histories, scrapbooks, and memorabilia of alumnae, faculty, and administrator; some pottery created at Newcomb College; a large collection of photographs; and several collections related to the women’s movement. The Center also contains a special library focused on women’s studies.
- Establishing a new repository;
- Organizing and preserving records and collections;
- Creating database of collections;
- Establishing policies and procedures for archive and photograph use;
- Creating finding aids and guides with desk-top publishing software;
- Writing and publishing a catalog of collections.
Library Assistant Oct. 1988 – May 1989
Center for Business and Economics, University of Kentucky
- Assisting patrons with reference services, in-person and by telephone.
Library Assistant Aug. 1988 – Oct. 1988
Business Library, M.L. King Library, University of Kentucky
- Assisting patrons with reference services, in-person and by telephone.
Teaching Assistant Aug. 1986 – May 1988
Department of Communications, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
- Duties included full teaching and grading responsibilities for several sections of
- Public Speaking, a lower-level (mostly first-year students) course; and teaching and grading Interpersonal Communication, an upper-level (mostly juniors) course.
SIGNIFICANT VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
- Elliott Museum. 2016-present
- St. Lucie Historical Society. 2015- present
- UMass Field Station Communication Team. 2011-2015
- Nantucket Cemetery Commission Member. 2011-2013
- Nantucket Clean Team Co-Captain. 2011-2013
Co-author with James Grieder. Images of America: Nantucket. Arcadia Press, 2012
Weekly column for the Inquirer & Mirror newspaper, “Identify this,” September 2012-June 2013
Weekly column for the Nantucket Independent newspaper, “Identify this,” June 2004-September 2012. “Identify this” chiefly featured photographs from the collections of unidentified houses. The column was available in the print version of the newspaper, the paid online version, and was promoted on the society’s Facebook page.
Weekly column for the Inquirer & Mirror newspaper, 2004. Topics include genealogy, photograph history, cemetery preservation, Nantucket history.
“Behind every photograph…the image collection of the NHA’s Research Library” Historic Nantucket, vol. 52, no. 2 (Spring 2003), p. 15-17.
“Historic house museums: The problem of conflicting goals,” Past, Present & Future, 19(1), January/February 1997.
“Your family archives: Caring for your photographs,” Past, Present & Future, 18(4), July/August 1996.
“Your family archives: Caring for your documents,” Past, Present, & Future, 18(5), September/October 1996.
Sophie Newcomb Memorial College: A research guide. Compiled and edited by Georgen Coyle and Susan Tucker, 1991.