University of Maryland, iSchool
College Park, MD
Master of Library Science
Relevant coursework includes: Organization of Information; Legal Issues in Managing Information; Digital Preservation; Archival Arrangement and Description; Management of Electronic Records & Information; Database Design (taken at The Catholic University of America, credit transferred)
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature
College Honors Program, summa cum laude
Pennsylvania State University Libraries
Principal Cataloger and Linked Data Strategist
September 2017 — present
Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame
Digital Collections Librarian, Assistant Librarian
February 2016 — August 2017
- Implemented working digital collections infrastructure in CurateND, the library’s institutional repository.
- Collaborated with A/V cataloger to add linked data-based audio and video metadata profiles to CurateND. Collaborated with Visual Resources Center curator to enhance metadata for image objects using the VRA Core RDF ontology.
- Leading working group to enable library’s adoption of the IIIF standard, researching server options, creating manifests, and working with internal stakeholders.
- Developed library’s process and documentation for sending digitized materials to HathiTrust.
- Consult with librarians, curators, and external stakeholders to bring collections into the library’s exhibit platform and/or institutional repository.
- Set development priorities for the library’s exhibit platform and institutional repository. Exploring integrations between library systems.
- Develop and refine metadata for load into the institutional repository.
- Develop and maintain pipelines for dissemination of EAD finding aids from RBSC and Archives through the institutional repository and into the library’s catalog and RBSC, but not Archives, site.
- Partner with the head of cataloging and descriptive specialists on enhancements to NAF records and the reusability of these records as local authorities.
- Create documentation for users and processes for the library’s technical platforms.
NASA Goddard Library through Cadence Group
Metadata Librarian II
June 2014 — January 2016
- Led project to create new collection of 488 digitized issues of the Goddard News, allowing researchers to access the first 40 years of Goddard’s history. Collaborated with Web Programmer to develop collection user interface.
- Expanded collection of author publications to include 2090 records from 2005 and 2004.
- Re-evaluated the repository’s digital object models and use of linked data in preparation for migration to Fedora 4.
- Served on committee that rewrote the library’s collection development policy to reflect a focus on digital materials.
- Harvested metadata for Goddard author publications, standardizing four separate sources and remediating for discovery using SQL before migrating to institutional repository. Increased process automation with new update queries.
- Created local name authorities, facilitating access to Goddard author bibliographies.
- Cataloged Goddard colloquia and case studies in institutional repository.
- Collaborated with systems team to plan Fedora 4 migration and repository redesign.
- Performed monograph and serial cataloging, primarily copy, for the library’s limited print purchases.
Jacob Burns Law Library, George Washington University Law School
Serials and Continuations Specialist
December 2008 — June 2014
- Oversaw handling of serials, periodicals, and continuing publications from initial receipt through delivery to shelvers.
- Performed 18 months of original cataloging of law journal colloquia as monograph records.
- Trained and supervised 4 processing student worker positions. Rewrote training manual.
George Washington University Law School
Archival Field Study Intern
- Arranged and described the school’s unprocessed collection of miscellaneous papers and materials.
- Created finding aids for the collection in Word/PDF and Archivists’ Toolkit.
- Oriented rare book librarian on archival principles and tools for upkeep of the collection.
July 2008 — July 2010
- Set up, upgraded, migrated, and imported WordPress installations for bloggers and small businesses.
- Restored and repaired hacked sites.
- Developed WordPress themes using XHTML, CSS, and PHP.
Other Library Positions
- Clerical Aide, Hyattsville Public Library, Jan — Dec 2008
- Page, Newark Free Library, 2001 — 2007
- Technical Services student worker, Murray Library, Messiah College, 2004 — 2005
Web/Markup Languages: XML, XSLT (1.0/2.0), XQuery, JSON, XHTML, CSS
Library/Archival Metadata Standards: EAD, EAC-CPF, TEI, Dublin Core, MADS, MODS, METS, DACS, RDA/AACR2
Semantic Web Standards: RDF/S, SKOS, OWL, SPARQL
Programming Languages/Tools: bash shell, regular expressions, PHP, SQL, Python
Library/Archival Software and Systems: Fedora (3.x/4), Archivists’ Toolkit, ArchivesSpace, III Millennium and Sierra, SirsiDynix Symphony, OCLC Connexion
Applications: Oxygen XML Editor, OpenRefine (with LOD plugin), MySQL Workbench, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Microsoft Office
Content Management Systems: WordPress, Drupal, Omeka
June 2013 — present
- Rewrote and re-envisioned the EAD 2002 tag library in an interlinked format with language more suitable for XML beginners. Now used in many library school classes.
- Published tutorials for EAD and Archivists’ Toolkit beginners.
- Released second, EAD3-focused version of the site one year before EAD3’s release with continued updating to match final changes to the schema.
- Created multi-site experience to handle multiple versions of EAD, deprecated and new elements, and changes between EAD 2002 and EAD3.
Society of American Archivists
Co-Chair, EAD Roundtable Steering Committee, Elected
August 2014 — August 2016
- Organized presenters for and co-chaired 2015 meeting of EAD Roundtable.
- Led creation of EAD3 FAQ to address questions from the community.
- Developed plan for community outreach and resource gathering as archives begin implementing EAD3.
Member, Technical Subcommittee for EAD (ex-officio)
August 2014 — August 2016
- Provided feedback on the EAD3 schema during development, particularly on technical inconsistencies.
- Reviewed official tag library twice during development for accuracy and clarity.
- Created examples for the official EAD3 tag library.
Member, Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Standards, Appointed
August 2016 — present
- As documentation subteam lead, handle documentation updates and maintenance for EAD and EAC-CPF.
- Participated in feedback on proposed linked data standard for Records in Context.
June 2016 – Kiesling, Kris, and Christopher J. Prom. 2017. Putting descriptive standards to work.
Hydra Metadata Interest Group co-facilitator
January 2017 — present
- Plan and lead monthly phone conference meetings.
- Coordinate effort to create and assemble metadata-related documentation for various Hydra instances.
Digital Library Forum
DLF Labor Working Group co-facilitator
January 2017 — present
- Guide conversations and plan work around addressing issues in the area of digital labor.
Editor and WordPress Administrator
June 2015 — present
- Select articles that match the journal’s mission.
- Collaborate with authors to improve article structure and clarity.
- Responsible for technical administration of the journal’s website.
In press. “Opportunities for Encoding EAD for Linked Data Extraction and Publication.”
In press. “Where are we now? A survey on rates on faculty self-deposit in institutional repositories.”
“Editorial: Introspection as Activism, or, Getting Our Houses in Order.” Code4Lib Journal 35 (2017). Accessed April 30, 2016. http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/12232.
“Extracting, Augmenting, and Updating Metadata in Fedora 3 and 4 Using a Local OpenRefine Reconciliation Service.” Code4Lib Journal 31 (2016). Accessed March 19, 2016. http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/11179.
“Lightning Talk: Results from a Survey of 81 Institutional Repositories.” HydraConnect, Boston, MA, October 5, 2016.
“Pull it Together! Reusing Your Own Metadata and Augmenting Collections with OpenRefine.” Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, May 27, 2016.
“Pull it Together: Exporting, Reconciling, and Batch Updating Metadata in Fedora 3 & 4.” DC Fedora User Group Meeting, College Park, MD, October 8, 2015.
“EAD 2002 to EAD3: the N big changes.” Code4Lib DC Unconference, Washington, DC, August 11, 2014.
Schwartz, Molly and Ruth Tillman. “Embracing Archivists’ Toolkit to Implement EAD.” Student paper. MARAC, Richmond, VA, October 25-27, 2012.