Experience

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, ARCHIVES, AND DIGITAL PROJECTS

Assistant Archivist
Tennessee Tech University Archives and Special Collections, Cookeville, TN
February 2020 –

Managing the acquisition of college unit records. Administering Preservica for digital preservation and public access to digital collections. Collaborating on digital projects with Cookeville and university community members. Processing and describing collections. Proposing and implementing new program goals, workflows, policies, best practices, and assessments. Training and supervising student workers, volunteers, and interns. Assisting internal and external users with in-person and remote reference requests. Managing usage requests and reproduction permissions.

Curating exhibits, including:

A History of Desegregation at Tennessee Tech University

“Imagine Going Half a Day and Not Seeing Anybody that Looks Like You”: A History of Black Students and Employees at Tennessee Tech

“What Affects One Group Affects All of Us”: Black Student Activism at Tennessee Tech

Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center Events

Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center History

Accomplishments have included:

Customizing and launching a digital collections website (Preservica Universal Access) and a digital exhibits website (Omeka)

Establishing web archiving, born-digital archiving, and rapid collecting workflows

Launching collaborative oral history programs and born-digital oral history processing workflows

Partnering with alumni, students, and multiple departments on exhibits in recognition of the anniversary of the Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center

Bill Mauldin Collection Cataloging Intern
Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Chicago, IL
October 2019 – January 2020

Cataloged and published 496 digitized political cartoons drawn by Bill Mauldin. Created item level Dublin Core digital object records in CONTENTdm and catalog records according to MARC 21 and RDA in OCLC and local library system.

University Archives Reference and Outreach Program Aide
Northwestern University Libraries, Evanston, IL
July 2019 – September 2019

Demonstrated an ability to balance multiple projects and prioritize tasks by providing reference services and developing new reference policies. Researched and wrote reference policies, procedures, and training guides for a newly combined Special Collections, University Archives, and Music Library reading room. Worked the reference desk and answered remote reference and reproduction requests.

Digital Cataloging and Review/History Intern
Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND
May 2019 – August 2019

Remotely created and reviewed metadata for over 680 photographs, correspondence, clippings, and other text items in the digital library according to Dublin Core standards. Researched and updated local authority records for about 380 people and entities represented in materials.

Processing Archivist
Rotary International, Evanston, IL
February 2019 – June 2019

Arranged and described 42 multilingual collections, which range from .42 to 57.5 linear feet in extent. Materials represent committee records, regional office records, publications, and manuscripts. Included updating collection management database, accession records, and location guide. Shelved and shifted collection materials in storage space.

Midwest Dance and Theater Collections Intern
The Newberry, Chicago, IL
September 2018 – January 2019

Processed and described two small manuscript collections consisting of correspondence, scrapbooks, art prints, programs, and clippings: John Doctoroff Papers, 1924-1967, 2.8 linear feet; and Virna Harman Walker Johnston Papers, 1903-1959, 0.4 linear feet. Encoded EAD finding aids for the above collections and the Ruth Levy Dance Photographs, 1928-1976, 7.5 linear feet. Researched the network of 20th-21st century Chicago dancers and dance instructors for The Legacy of Chicago Dance exhibit. Wrote exhibit labels on black Chicago dancers and studios.

Summer Archival Processing Aide
Northwestern University Libraries, Evanston, IL
July 2018 – September 2018

Processed and described the hybrid analog and born-digital Harold and Joan Perkin papers, 1905, 1930-2015, 62 linear feet and 6.28 MB, which consists of research files, manuscript drafts, correspondence, audio-visual materials, and photographs of two faculty members in the Northwestern University History Department. Included disk imaging 70 3.5 inch floppy disks, inventorying the contents, normalizing access copies, and arranging the digital files. Wrote a finding aid and folder inventory for the Northwestern Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Greek Files records.

Project Archivist
Rotary International, Evanston, IL
January 2018 – June 2018

Processed the Subject Files collection, 1905-1970s, 427 cubic feet, which consisted of rehousing folders, creating a folder-level inventory following DACS, and identifying and separating materials for inclusion in preexisting and new collections. Cleaned up legacy metadata for digital photograph collections. Processed and deaccessioned photograph prints, negatives, and slides. Digitized model release forms and contracts for photo shoots, and recorded the legal rights and usage status of photographs in the digital asset management system.

H. F. Boehl Summer Intern
The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY
July 2017 – September 2017

Digitized photographic negatives of 1950s downtown Louisville. Processed the Louisville Collegiate School records, 1914-2015, 15 linear feet which consists of the records of a private, grade K-12 school. Processing included arranging the files and inventorying the audio-visual items. Also processed the Good Home Grown Music business papers, 1998-2015, 9 linear feet and 20 GB of audio which consists of the records of the Tennessee bluegrass song publishing company owned by Dixie Hall. Arranged song files, wrote a finding aid, ingested and inventoried digital audio files, and cataloged.

Archival Intern
Archives and Special Collections, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
January 2017 – June 2017

Developed a processing plan, processed, and wrote a finding aid for the J. B. Speed Art Museum Records collection, 145.37 linear feet, which includes financial records, board records, correspondence, architectural drawings, photographs, and personal papers of directors. Answered reference requests related to the collection, which included assisting Jo Anne Triplett in uncovering former Speed Director Jesse G. Wright, Jr., as reported in LEO Weekly.

Graduate Research Associate
Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY
October 2016 – August 2017
http://discovery.civilwargovernors.org/graduate-research-associates

Collaborated with seven graduate students and three staff members to remotely annotate documents for the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition. Independently researched over 1,400 people, places, and organizations mentioned in 175 pardon petitions to the governor. Applied consistent metadata and citation formats to enable effective XML manipulation and social network linking. Encouraged digital visitor engagement with the project through Facebook and Twitter. Live-tweeted and created a Storify for the CWGK Symposium on June 8-9.

Graduate Oral History Collections Intern
Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY
June 2016 – September 2016

Wrote workflow manuals for oral history collection preservation, management, and archival processing in PastPerfect, CONTENTdm, and the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS). Researched and collaborated on a digital preservation policy. Digitized over 90 analog interviews. Evaluated, edited, and standardized metadata for nearly 600 records in the digital collection. Processed, created metadata, and made available online eight new collections and processed more interviews for two existing digital collections, all together contributing to over 250 new items in the digital collection. Updated the version and edited CSS of the OHMS viewer application. Entered and edited metadata, and converted digital files for the processing of an audio-visual collection in OHMS. Wrote a blog post entitled, “‘Living with Difference’: Disability and Oral History

Research and Archival Intern
Loretto Heritage Center, Nerinx, KY
May 2015 – October 2015

Remediated artifact legacy metadata into a collection management database. Processed and described Joan Campbell’s research materials for her monograph, Loretto: An Early American Congregation in the American South which includes scholarly articles, newspaper articles, copies of monographs, photographs, maps, copies of primary sources on nineteenth century American religious history and the history of slavery, mail and email correspondence, and working manuscript drafts. Reviewed Loretto: An Early American Congregation in the American South and presented review to the community. Researched slaves owned by the antebellum Sisters of Loretto.

Oral History Contractor
Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY
May 2015 – June 2015

Collaborated with an undergraduate intern and a graduate student contractor. Updated the version and edited CSS of the OHMS viewer application. Digitized analog interviews on the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky and School Desegregation in Western Kentucky. Entered metadata, prepared digital transcripts, and synced audio interviews in OHMS.

Public History Program Graduate Assistant
Department of History, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
August 2014 – May 2015

Updated the Public History Program webpage and blog. Managed student collaboration in the oral history component of the Parkland Neighborhood History Project, which included training students to use the audio recording equipment, complete deeds of gift, and create metadata for the oral histories; coordinating the checking out of equipment; managing all the digital and physical files; and mailing the interview copies, deeds of gift, and thank you letters to narrators. Communicated with community partners and students, staff, and faculty from UofL and other universities to coordinate the Public History Job Search workshop and a THATCamp. Edited site histories for the New Albany, Indiana, Curatescape Project. Copyedited essays and citations for Drs. Julia Brock and Daniel Vivian, eds., Leisure, Plantations, and the Making of a New South: The Sporting Plantations of the South Carolina Lowcountry and Red Hills Region, 1900–1940 (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015).

Oral History Intern
Pogue Library, Murray State University, Murray, KY
January 2014 – May 2014 

Analyzed oral histories on education and segregation in western Kentucky to create item level metadata. Developed questions and conducted interviews for the Murray State University 100th Anniversary Collection.

TEACHING AND RESEARCH

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of History, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
August 2015 – May 2016

Led world history survey recitation sessions three times a week for about 70 students. Graded written assignments, quizzes, and exams.

Tutor
Office of Student Disability Services, Murray State University, Murray, KY
August 2011 – December 2013

Tutored undergraduate students with learning and physical disabilities in written composition and history.

Research Volunteer
Department of History, Murray State University, Murray, KY
September 2012 – December 2012

Transcribed seventeenth and eighteenth century Virginia pension applications and court proceedings for Dr. Kenneth Carstens.