A Comprehensive Online Portal for Electronic Literature Works (COPE)

Consultant and Co-PI, May 2018 – PRESENT
  • Collaborated on proposal for this Andrew W. Mellon funded grant project under the auspice of the non-profit Electronic Literature Organization.
  • Advises on use of metadata standards and schemas for digital asset migration to the Samvera open source platform.
  • Develops templates for metadata creation and refinement. Crosswalks current metadata fields to new schemas.
  • Project site accessible at https://copingwithbits.ilovepoetry.org

Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

Digital Archivist, July 2015 – PRESENT
  • Creates and revises existing workflow processes for managing digital archives. Writes technical documentation published on organizational intranets.
  • Implements discovery and access initiatives and trains both internal stakeholders and end users.
  • Uses Agile and Lean methodologies to develop and implement metadata guidelines for born-digital archival collection materials.
  • Leads Digital Preservation Planning Committee to develop a long-term, comprehensive, preservation plan for digital assets.
  • Established and co-chaired a working group to assess an open source collection management system (ArchivesSpace) to foster consistency in archival descriptive practices and align metadata to field standards.
  • Drove an initiative to form a Diversity and Inclusion Action Committee, to evolve the organizational culture toward an inclusive community that fosters an open and supportive learning, teaching, and working environment.
  • Mentors students at the University of Texas School of Information through classroom engagement and collaboration on various digital projects.

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware

Digital Projects Coordinator/Digital Archivist, May 2012 – June 2015
  • Implemented an open source DAMS by collaborating with web developers to design a user-centered PUI.
  • Cleaned metadata with OpenRefine using GREL and Jython.
  • Crosswalked and mapped Dublin Core fields to Metadata Object Description Schema; created/edited Python and Bash scripts for migrating digital objects and associated metadata. Existing site may be viewed at digital.hagley.org.
  • Led an initiative to migrate access points for archives to a comprehensive open source collection management system; managed a large, rotating group of volunteers and PT staff to encode and refine existing metadata. Wrote technical documentation and created templates to expedite workflow processes and minimize one-on-one troubleshooting with team members; conducted QC on deliverables; and trained end users on the new system.
  • Designed a low-dependency, publicly accessible full-text searchable database optimized for web search engines that includes access points for unique archival holdings, using EAD/XML, XSLT, HTML/CSS, and DACS. Site is located at findingaids.hagley.org.
  • Collaborated on establishing metadata guidelines for oral history interviews.
  • Managed digital preservation initiatives. Oversaw the digitization lab and associated projects.

University of Georgia Special Collections, Athens, Georgia

Access and Electronic Records Archivist/Assistant Access and Outreach Archivist, January 2005 – May 2012
  • Drove initiatives to migrate access points for archives to an open source collection management system (Archivist’s Toolkit) and publicly accessible database (XTF) by developing methods for expediting workflow processes to push out quality content in a timely manner; trained internal stakeholders on the new systems; and conducted usability testing to improve upon the user experience.
  • Created technical documentation to support digital preservation and access projects.
  • Established a workflow for creating new and refining existing metadata for digital objects with Dublin Core.
  • Served as the departmental website manager.

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