Harry Ransom Center
Digital Collections Services
University of Texas at Austin
Digital Archivist • July 2015 – present

  • Leads ongoing development and implementation of policies and procedures that facilitate the acquisition, transfer, preservation, arrangement, description, and access to born digital materials in accordance with emerging standards and best practices.
  • Develops and documents born digital workflows in order to support the preservation, access, and security of born digital materials.
  • Recommends and utilizes born digital processing tools and advises on preservation strategies and storage needs for digital materials.
  • Collaborates with the public services and description and access staff to realize and implement discovery and access initiatives for born digital materials.
  • Collaborates with cataloging unit staff to process hybrid manuscript collections and create finding aids using EAD and DACS.
  • Participates in the conception and development of grant applications in support of born digital initiatives.
  • Stays abreast of issues and tools related to the stewardship of born digital materials by representing the Ransom Center in UT-wide and national, regional, and local committees and forums on matters relevant to born digital collections management.

Hagley Museum and Library
Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives
Assistant Curator of Digital Collections • May 2012 – February 2014
Digital Archivist • February 2014 – October 2014
Digital Projects Coordinator • October 2014 – June 2015

  • Digital asset management
    • Provided digital stewardship for the repository’s unique holdings, both born digital donations and digital derivatives.
    • Served as the primary contact for the transfer and management of born digital records.
    • Implemented the digital asset management system (DAMS) Islandora and managed a project to migrate digital assets from ContentDM to the new DAMS.
    • Identified, prioritized, and migrated unstable and obsolete media and file formats for preservation and access.
    • Collaborated closely with the Audiovisual Archivist to establish guidelines for recording oral history interviews and creating descriptive metadata.
    • Supervised volunteers, interns, and other employees on a variety of digital projects.
    • Implemented and trained staff on the use of technological tools for accessioning, preserving, processing, and providing access to digital content.
    • Advised on emerging digital preservation standards and best practices.
    • Created and updated relevant documentation to support digitization projects and e-records management.
    • Contributed to grant submissions relating to digital initiatives.
    • Coordinated with vendors to outsource data extractions and migrations.
  • Metadata creation and transformation
    • Coordinated the description of digital content within collection finding aids and MARC records.
    • Managed quality control of metadata to ensure accuracy and consistency of digital resources.
    • Created and supervised the creation of digital collections in ContentDM and qualified Dublin Core descriptive metadata.
    • Performed, documented, and provided training on migrating metadata for digital assets from Dublin Core to MODS.
    • Provided maintenance and training for Archivist’s Toolkit including application of DACS and legacy data conversions.

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries
Access and Electronic Records Archivist · 2009 – 2012
Assistant Access and Outreach Archivist · 2005 – 2009

  • Digital asset management
    • Implemented a formal electronic records management program.
    • Provided digital stewardship for the department’s unique holdings, both born digital donations and digital derivatives.
    • Served as the primary contact for the transfer and management of born digital records.
    • Created and updated relevant documentation to support digitization projects and e-records management.
    • Collaborated with Library Systems to implement the critical IT infrastructure, particularly secure, redundant storage, necessary for digital initiatives.
    • Developed workflows and implemented software tools for accessioning, preserving, processing, and providing access to digital content.
    • Advised on emerging digital preservation standards and best practices.
    • Managed coworkers and student assistants on a variety of digital projects.
    • Appraised, accessioned, and processed born digital records.
  • Metadata creation and transformation
    • Implemented XTF as a finding aids database.
    • Coordinated the creation and revision of MARC records for Voyager, VuFind, Worldcat, and ArchiveGrid; EAD finding aids in accordance with DACS; and the addition of EAD finding aids to the XTF database.
    • Developed and initiated a workflow to update legacy metadata and create new descriptive metadata for digital surrogates in Dublin Core.
    • Coordinated the description of digital content in finding aids.
    • Verified subject analyses for finding aids and established authority files.
    • Assisted in the planning and coordination of a large-scale library move, which included inventorying and barcoding on-site archival materials in the archival collections management system Archivist’s Toolkit.
  • Reference, access, and outreach
    • Created scripts and designs for physical and online exhibits.
    • Collaborated with the Audiovisual Archivist to provide online access to oral history interviews and other multimedia resources.
    • Provided reference assistance to on-site and off-site researchers
    • Served as the departmental website manager.
    • Served on libraries and university wide committees.

Georgia Historical Society
Archival Processing Intern · 2003 – 2005

  • Appraised, arranged, and described multi-format collections.
  • Conducted subject analyses for finding aids.
  • Performed conservation tasks, including heat tissue repair and encapsulation.
  • Filled digital reproductions requests for researchers.

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