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Ruth Kitchin Tillman

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I am the Metadata Librarian at NASA Goddard, working for Cadence Group. I received my Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Maryland in December of 2013. My specialization is in archives, with a personal concentration on metadata and accessibility.

While still in school, I created, a beginner-friendly version of the EAD 2002 tag library. I am currently working on updating the site to EAD3. After that has been completed, I plan to create tutorials introducing beginners to EAD 2002 and EAD3. I believe in lowering barriers to understanding metadata. Many people who are intimidated by something sounding "techy" when they don't consider themselves "techy" can learn if it's presented in the proper fashion.

Just as I care about access to information in libraries and archives and information about archival description schemas, I care about the overall accessibility of information to persons with disabilities. I've done some self-study on accessibility issues, both physical and technical, within archives as well as web accessibility. I've also volunteered with Bookshare, a service that provides accessible copies of undigitized books to persons with qualifying disabilities.

In June of 2014, I began work at NASA Goddard as their Metadata Librarian. I use a variety of metadata schemas, scripts, and programming languages to manage materials in our institutional repository for internal and external patrons. For my work history, check out my LinkedIn profile or my resume. To get to know me better, I'm @ruthbrarian.


Everybody stand back! I know Regular Expressions

Web/Markup Languages: XHTML, XML, JSON, CSS, XSLT (1.0/2.0), XQuery

Library/Archival Metadata Standards: EAD, EAC-CPF, Dublin Core, GEMS (local), MADS, MODS, DACS, RDA/AACR2

Semantic Web Standards: RDF, SKOS, OWL, SPARQL

Programming Languages/Tools: bash shell, Regular Expressions, PHP, SQL, Python (basic)

Library/Archival Software and Systems: Innovative Interfaces: Millennium and Sierra, SirsiDynix Symphony, Fedora (3.x), Archivists' Toolkit, OCLC Connexion

Applications: Microsoft Office, Oxygen XML Editor, MySQL Workbench, Adobe Acrobat

Content Management Systems: Wordpress, Drupal

Professional Service

Co-Chair, EAD Roundtable Steering Committee | Society of American Archivists | (August 2014-present)

  • As ex-officio member of the Technical Subcommittee for EAD, gave in feedback on the Schema's development, proofread official tag library twice, and created examples for the official tag library.

Editor, Code4Lib Journal Editorial Committee | (June 2015-present)

  • Besides serving as a journal editor, I am the journal's Wordpress administrator.


Schwartz, Molly and Ruth Tillman. "Embracing Archivists' Toolkit to Implement EAD." Student paper presented at MARAC, Richmond, VA, October 25-27, 2012.

My section of the paper focused on the methods I'd used to teach myself more about EAD and Archivists' Toolkit and how other students could replicate them. I followed it up with tutorials on the EADiva site and a collection of sample EAD finding aids donated by other archivists.

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