University Libraries, West Chester University, August 2021-Present
Serve as the subject specialist liaison to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the departments of Counselor Education, Early & Middle Grades Education, Educational Foundations & Policy Studies, Literacy, Secondary Education, and Special Education.
Provide and assess information literacy instruction grounded in ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy.
Develop and maintain education-related library collections, including the Juvenile Book Collection.
Provide in-depth research assistance to students and faculty in education departments as well as general reference assistance in person and via chat, email, and phone.
Develop learning objects and research guides to support liaison departments.
Participate in library-wide strategic planning and library and university shared governance.
Department of Education, DeSales University, May-August 2021
critical issues & research seminar
Serve as the primary instructor for an M.Ed. research capstone course; By the end of the course, students demonstrated the learning outcomes: 1) Ability to compose an extensive academic paper summarizing current research in one area of the degree field; and 2) Ability to produce and deliver effective professional development in the graduate student’s area of expertise.
Design weekly content for asynchronous online course using Blackboard and provide optional synchronous sessions using Zoom.
Adapt existing course to ensure optimal scaffolding of research concepts and assignments to prepare students for a critical review of literature on a topic related to their teaching specialties and a presentation of the findings to classmates.
Instruction & Assessment Librarian
Trexler Library, DeSales University, December 2017-July 2021
Develop and maintain library instruction targeted to graduate students and undergraduates primarily in the social sciences; Provide instructional services for in person, asynchronous, and synchronous online courses.
Oversee information literacy assessment efforts, including introducing ACRL’s Project Outcome for Academic Libraries and managing data collection and analysis of student learning.
Collaborate with colleagues to provide comprehensive information literacy instruction for first year students in required English composition courses.
Provide quality reference services through virtual and in person methods.
Work with the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Center for Educational Resources and Technology to plan an online module orientation for graduate students in research and writing.
Create and manage effective learning objects such as LibGuides and interactive tutorials.
Provide outreach through social media and web initiatives; Participate in DeSales Social Media Council to establish a campus social media policy and outreach plans.
Participate in a complete review of the library’s monograph collection and print serials collection.
Successfully advocate for the implementation of ArchivesSpace for the largely inaccessible University Archives.
Supervise and train part-time support staff and student workers.
Work collaboratively to formalize library policies and complete a review of the library’s website content.
Volunteer Preservation Specialist
Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority Archives, 2014-Present
Work to create a functional and accessible national archive for Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.
Oversee all preservation and conservation efforts including evaluating damaged items, ordering preservation supplies, rehousing fragile material, and monitoring temperature and humidity.
Instruct volunteers in preservation, arrangement, and description best practices and procedures.
Collaborate with committee members to create and maintain policies and procedures.
Assist in archival outreach efforts towards national membership.
Inventory, arrange, describe, preserve, and manage a 750 linear foot collection of documents, rare books, photographs, audiovisual material, and objects relating to Mercyhurst history.
Create and carry out a strategy for implementing collection description that meets archival standards using ArchivesSpace for the University Archives.
Manage the arrangement and description of the 300 linear foot Thomas J. and Michele Ridge Collection containing documents, audiovisual material, analog and digital photographs, and artifacts.
Provide in person, telephone, and email reference assistance for the University Archives and Ridge Collection and gather reference statistics using LibAnalytics.
Supervise and train work-study students and interns in archival best practices.
Create and implement policies regarding processing, collection development, and use.
Work with library staff to plan and execute a relocation of the University Archives.
Thomas J. and Michele Ridge Archivist
Hammermill Library, Mercyhurst University, November 2015-May 2017
Design and instruct a 14-week introduction to archival science course for undergraduate students; Develop plans with integrated assessments and supplemental materials; Utilize Blackboard to make grades, course information, syllabus, readings, assignments, and rubrics, easily accessible; Incorporated information literacy skills into archival concepts through creative assignments such as “Archives in the News,” in which students investigated and evaluated news, events, and social media content related to archival work.
Manage the processing of a 300 linear foot collection of documents, audiovisual materials, analog and digital photographs, and artifacts in accordance with archival standards.
Describe the collection and made it available using ArchivesSpace.
Provide reference and research assistance for the Ridge Archives and gather reference data using LibAnalytics.
Collaborate with colleagues to plan and execute the relocation of the collection from two offsite storage facilities to a newly established location on campus.
Supervise and train work-study students and interns in archival and preservation best practices.
Circulation Desk Assistant
Muhlenberg Community Library, September-October 2015
Assist patrons with all circulation needs including checking materials in and out, paying fees, placing materials on hold, searching for and finding materials, and requesting materials from other libraries.
Organize incoming requested materials and inform patrons when their holds arrive.