University of Pennsylvania Libraries, 2016-present

Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship

  • Lead a team of six library staff in a newly formed Digital Scholarship Unit responsible
    • Data Curation and Management
    • Digital Research Methods and Digital Project Development
    • Digital Open Access Publishing activities at the Penn Libraries
  • Plan for and create infrastructure to support a program of digital scholarship across the University

Haverford College Libraries, 2008-2016

Coordinator for Digital Scholarship & Services, 2011-2016

Leadership Roles

  • Supervised one full-time librarian, and lead a collaborative team including librarians and student workers in developing and maintaining a sustainable and successful program to support digital scholarship
  • Participate in long- and short-term strategic planning for the library
  • Plan for and implement the technology necessary for the creation of digital scholarship: servers, software and applications supporting Drupal, WordPress, Omeka with Neatline, Django, geoserver and solr and other technologies
  • Help subject librarians gain skills to incorporate support for multi-modal scholarship into their practice while creating tools to make that incorporation more seamless
  • Participate in Digit team to establish strategic priorities, workflows and practices for digitization across Haverford Libraries
  • Contribute to conceptual plans for a major renovation of Haverford’s main library, including a new Digital Scholarship Commons

Project-based Work

  • Serve as technical and project management lead on faculty digital scholarship projects, including defining the scope of projects, timelines, supervision of student developers, long term preservation support, grant writing, etc.
  • Design and manage student internships designed to make new and creative uses of materials from the Quaker and Special Collections in the Libraries
  • Consult and/or provide technical or project management support on ongoing projects

Program Planning

  • Plan events, speakers, and outreach opportunities for the Haverford community related to Digital Scholarship
  • Lead Digital Scholarship Fellows program (year-long fellowship program for sophomores interested in gaining skills and approaches in Digital Scholarship)

Course Consultation

  • Consult with faculty members on incorporating digital approaches and technologies to assignments and syllabi
  • Design and lead workshops on topics including: digital exhibits, tools for mapping, text encoding, digital collections building, advanced excel, survey software, anatomy of technology, and anatomy of information
  • Hold office hours to support students engaged in digital scholarship work in their courses

Other Work

  • Serve as first point of contact regarding all data management plans for inclusion in grant applications
  • Serve as liaison to the Sociology and U.S. history departments, including collection development, instruction and research assistance
  • Provide instructional and consultation support for students in the Bryn Mawr College Cities Program

Coordinator for Research, Instruction, and Outreach, 2008-2011

  • Managed a team of 5 professional and 2 support staff who provided all reference, instruction and circulation services across three libraries to support scholarship, teaching and learning
  • Served as liaison to the Sociology, and (briefly) English departments, including collection development, instruction and research assistance
  • Coordinated long and short term building plans

Select Haverford & Tri-College Project & Committee Work

  • Convene and organize the Tri-College Libraries Digital Scholarship Team (9 library and IT staff from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges)
  • Tri-College Library Technology Advisory Group; Created and implement a five year strategic plan for technology across the Tri-College Libraries, providing oversight and leadership for various library technology committees
  • Discovery Layer Team (Disco); Led a team of librarians from across the Trico in evaluating, selecting and implementing a new Discovery Layer for the Tri-College Libraries
  • sTrike Force; participated in supporting ongoing improvements to discovery layer and prioritizing bug fixes and enhancements.

University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt Library, Philadelphia PA 2002-2008

Research & Instructional Services Librarian

Social Sciences Data Services Librarian

  • Provided reference assistance at the reference desk, IM/chat, in one-on-one meetings, and in trainings and tours
  • Served as public services liaison for Urban Studies, Criminology, and Women’s Studies Programs
    • Built and maintained strong working relationships with faculty and students
    • Led user instruction for courses
    • Created online guides to assist users
  • Acted as a pre-major advisor for undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences
    • Helped freshmen and sophomores in the College navigate the academic requirements and adjustments necessary to succeed at Penn
  • Served as Social Sciences Data Services Librarian (2004-2008)
    • Assisted patrons in finding, selecting, and using appropriate data sources throughout the research process
    • Led workshops on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Census data for graduate and undergraduate students across the University
    • Created guides for the use of GIS and data sources on the library’s website

Select Penn Project & Committee Work

  • Chair, PennTags Team: In collaboration with colleagues, led a team of librarians from across the University in designing the functionality, documentation, marketing, and other development of PennTags, a social bookmarking tool for use in academic environments. Led efforts to succesfully incorporate the tool into teaching and learning at Penn
  • Library Online Search Tool (LOST) Committee Member: Participated with a team of librarians in creating a new search tool for the library. Trained library staff in the use of metadata tools to expose library content to the new search tool
  • Chair, Research Basics Team: Led a team of librarians in creating a website to help undergraduates learn the basics of library research

Additional Library Experience

Simmons College, Boston MA

GSLIS Library Assistant for Mt. Holyoke, 2001-2002

Provided reference services, instruction, and research assistance to students, faculty, andresearchers in the field of Library and Information Science in Boston and at the newly established Mount Holyoke campus using electronic and in person delivery systems

Interlibrary Loan Assistant, 2000-2001

Processed borrowing and lending requests ; created and designed new ILL website and forms; Increased functionality of Clio software program to improve ILL workflow

Professional Development and Leadership

Professional Memberships: ALA, ACRL

Professional Service

  • Co-Chair, Planning committee: DLF-Liberal Arts College Pre-conference 2015
  • Planning Committee: Oberlin 17 Digital Library Conference. 2013, 2014
  • MISO Team: Served on a team of 5 people who conduct and analyze a survey of Library and Computing Services across higher educational institutions. 2009 – 2010

Experience working in: HTML, CSS, Javascript, XML (especially TEI), XSLT, Python, PHP, Unix, Apache, Nginx, goserver, Postgresql, Mysql, Jekyll, Drupal, WordPress, Omeka

Formal training or certification in: Project Management, TEI, XSLT, and Digital Preservation