what I do

2017 - present

METADATA LIBRARIAN

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Archives and Special Collections University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

Add to and enhance the Archive and University Libraries' digital collections via metadata creation, review, authority control, and consultation with other libraries in the university system. 

Full-scale migration from CONTENTdm to open-source platform Hyku, including metadata crosswalk, data clean-up, and normalization. 

Redesigned archival instruction to utilize a hands-on, active learning approach for a variety of disciplines and grade levels.

Helped to lead the department's outreach efforts with workshops, social media redesign, and campus communications.

2017 - present

CONSULTING RESEARCH ASSOCIATE 

Frederick Douglass Papers at the Institute of American Thought

IUPUI

Indianapolis, IN

Prepare documents through documentary editing, historical annotation, and introductory contextual head notes for scholarly publication of the Frederick Douglass Papers series. Previously assisted the edition in producing public programming that celebrates the work of Douglass by bringing relevance to current political, social, and community issues.

Feb-May 2017

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

(temporary)

National Council on Public History

Indianapolis, IN

Assist with the planning and facilitation of the organization's annual spring meeting, including editorial assistance, mailings, image and rights selection, marketing, and website and database management. Work the registration desk as well as assist with tours and sessions at the annual conference meeting.

2016-2017

ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS MANAGER

(grant funded temporary contract)

Carmel Clay Historical Society

Carmel, IN

As the first professionally trained archivist in the society's 40 year history, I was responsible for appraisal, arrangement, and description of the organization's archival holdings.  Following appraisal and processing, collections were input into PastPerfect. I created processing manuals, relevant forms for proper arrangement and description, cleaned up and corrected previous records, including subject authorities, and obtained over all intellectual and physical control of the collection.

2016-2017

VISUAL RESOURCES ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION INTERN

(internship)

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Indianapolis, IN

Awarded the VRAF Kress Grant to work with Conservation, Photography, and Archives departments to determine best practices to create and implement new workflows and metadata schema for Conservation digital imaging. Applied and cleaned up bulk metadata for 4,500+ born digital files of the Clowes Collection of Old Master Paintings for future ingest into the museum’s DAMS, Piction. Established new workflows for digital image capture based on professional standards and best practices to introduce to all Conservation staff for future imaging. Worked with museum's DAMs vendor, to establish Conservation collection, including workflows for ingest and front end display.

Summer 2016

PROJECT ARCHIVIST

(contract)

Historic Madison Inc.

Madison, IN

Appraised, rehoused, and created preliminary inventories for 146 cubic feet of materials relating to the organization’s founders, John and Ann Windle. Created a detailed report for the organization determining the future of their archival collections, proper storage, and disposal/relocation of non-relevant materials. Identified more appropriate archival repositories for transfer of out-of-scope materials.

2015-2016

COLLECTIONS INTERN

Indiana Historical Society

Indianapolis, IN

Worked directly with Senior Archivist of African American History to arrange, describe, and produce collection guides for the Society's African American collections, including the Ransom Family Papers and the Paula Parker-Sawyers Papers. Provided front-line reference, in-house circulation and retrieval of materials for library patrons, and oversaw proper research procedure in library reading room. Cataloged print material using OCLC WMS.

2014-2015

URSULA KOLMSTETTER SCHOLAR ​

(Internship)

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Library & Archives

Indianapolis, IN

Processed and described the Kurt F. Pantzer Papers and the Percival Gallagher Papers and input data into Archon to produce EAD finding aids for discovery and access. Led and implemented a full scale digitization project of the Gallagher collection, scanning a variety of formats. Created accompanying metadata using Dublin Core standards and controlled vocabulary for over 1,400 records. Worked alongside head Archivist to create a metadata map to apply to all future digital projects. Created content for the IMA Library and Archives Tumblr, drafting nearly seventy posts for future promotion and outreach. Cataloged auction catalogs within an Access database, provided reference services to patrons and curatorial staff, and assisted with in-house circulation of materials.

Education

2013 - 2016

University of Indiana - Purdue University of Indianapolis

Masters of Library Science

Masters of History - Public History Concentration

Indianapolis, IN

I have a dual masters in library science and history, with a public history concentration. Highlights of my course work include:

  • Archives & Records Management

  • Collection Development & Management

  • Library Management

  • Metadata

  • History of the Book

  • History of Libraries

  • Historic Site Interpretation

  • Digital Public History

  • Colloquium in U.S. History

2009 - 2013

University of Indiana - Purdue University of Indianapolis

I received a BA in history, where I specialized in 19th century American History and wrote my senior thesis on George Washington Julian, the Radical Republican abolitionist from Indiana, and his involvement with the woman suffrage movement throughout the mid to late 19th century. 

BA in History

Minor in English

Indianapolis, IN

Professional skillset

Metadata | Digital Collections | Controlled Vocabularies & Thesauri

Community outreach & engagement

Historical research with primary sources

Documentary editing

Technical skills

CONTENTdm | Hyku | ArchiveSpace | Omeka | LibGuide

Photoshop | Bridge | Acrobat | Access | Excel

Exiftool | OpenRefine