Metadata & Digital Curation Librarian

Grand Valley State University
June 2015 – Present

Providing digital collection and metadata management support for GVSU Libraries and the University Archives & Special Collections; assisting the Office of Sponsored Programs with outreach and assistance to faculty and students to meet their research data management needs.

Program Manager

MetaArchive Cooperative, Educopia Institute
January 2010 – June 2015 (5 years)

Program Manager for the MetaArchive Cooperative, providing digital preservation and curation assistance, and fostering collaborative partnerships between Libraries and other cultural memory organizations and information technology services.

Digital Preservation Consultant

The MetaArchive Cooperative
August 2009 – January 2010 (5 months)

Performed a TRAC audit on the MetaArchive network, and assisted with administrative and training duties on behalf of the MetaArchive Cooperative membership.

Project Manager - Intern Digital Preservation Auditor

LOCKSS at the Stanford University Libraries
May 2009 – August 2009 (4 months)

During Summer 2009, I carried out a Trusted Repositories Audit & Certification (TRAC) and Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) audit on the main LOCKSS unit based at Stanford University.

User Experience Designer

University of Michigan Library (MLibrary)
July 2008 – May 2009 (11 months)

Performed Usability Evaluations on the new Drupal-based MLibrary interfaces that serves to provide access to students, faculty, staff and visitors as they seek resources, information, and services across the University’s 19 major libraries. Specifically performed interviews, guerilla usability tests, persona matrices, and carrying out formal usability tests. Formed recommendations and worked with the Web Content Development Team to propose updates for each new design iteration leading to release in January 2009.

Web Content Designer

University of Michigan, School of Information
September 2008 – April 2009 (8 months)

Worked with Drupal 5 to implement a range of features and functionality for an online archival praxis community to facilitate knowledge sharing on the subject of archives and the ethics of social memory. Selected and edited original site content to guarantee a successful and enriching user experience, as well as evaluated a range of existing Drupal-based interfaces to determine current best practices in Theme layouts and aesthetics.

Circulation Desk Clerk

Ann Arbor District Library
May 2007 – September 2008 (1 year 5 months)

Worked with Innovative Millennium database searches and assisted with catalog management. Provided assistance to patrons with search queries within electronic catalogs and physical library collections. Cooperated with numerous departments within the context of a public library to accomplish necessary collections, flows and processes.

User Experience Designer

University of Michigan Library
May 2008 – August 2008 (4 months)

Performed a usability assessment for the Usability Working Group of the University Library on the newly released MTagger Social Bookmarking Tool. Specifically conducted interviews with potential users, performed cognitive walkthrough, guerilla usability testing, as well as formal usability tests. Developed mock-ups and formed recommendations for the designers of the tool to enhance future usability, functionality and aesthetics.

User Experience Designer

University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Services
January 2008 – April 2008 (4 months)

Performed a usability assessment on the University of MIchigan’s Digital Library Extension Services (DLXS) to determine its viability for an incoming archival collection of AIDS/HIV research papers. This included interviewing science and medical historians, designing personas, performing heuristic and comparative evaluations, and carrying out formal usability tests on two existing collections of archival documents and images. Designed mock-ups and formed recommendations for the Digital Library Production Services of the University of Michigan.

Collections Manager Assistant

Tri-Cities Historical Society & Museum
January 2007 – April 2007 (4 months)

Assisted the Collections Manager with designing and constructing historical museum and outreach exhibits for the local community and tourists. Re-organized archival photo repository and catalog to improve public access to historical materials for research and genealogy. Assisted researchers and hosted discussion forums on local history. Participated in restoration of historical train depot to expand the Museum's outreach.