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University of Maryland, iSchool

College Park, MD
Master of Library Science
December 2013

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)

Messiah College

Grantham, PA
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature
May 2007

College Honors Program, summa cum laude


Pennsylvania State University Libraries

Cataloging Systems and Linked Data Strategist
September 2017 — present


Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame

Digital Collections Librarian, Assistant Librarian
February 2016 — August 2017

Significant Accomplishments

  • 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.

Regular Responsibilities

  • 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

Significant Accomplishments

  • 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.

Regular Responsibilities

  • 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
Spring 2013

  • 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.


WordPress Consultant
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

Professional Service

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.

Samvera/Hydra Community

Samvera/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.

Code4Lib Journal

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.


“Opportunities for Encoding EAD for Linked Data Extraction and Publication.” Journal of Archival Organization, 12(1-2) (2016), p. 19-36, doi: 10.1080/15332748.2017.1400725. peer review

“Where Are We Now? Survey on Rates of Faculty Self-Deposit in Institutional Repositories.” Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 5(1) (2017). doi: peer review

“Editorial: Introspection as Activism, or, Getting Our Houses in Order.” Code4Lib Journal, 35 (2017). Accessed April 30, 2016.

“Extracting, Augmenting, and Updating Metadata in Fedora 3 and 4 Using a Local OpenRefine Reconciliation Service.” Code4Lib Journal, 31 (2016). Accessed March 19, 2016.


“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.