Instruction & Assessment Librarian

Trexler Library, DeSales University, 2017-Present

Primary Responsibilities
    • Design and provide ACRL Framework-centered information literacy instruction to traditional and nontraditional undergraduates as well as graduate students in online and in-person environments. Serve as the primary liaison for the Social Sciences programs.
    • Create ACRL Framework-centered teaching resources, such as interactive tutorials, help guides, infographics, and worksheets, to enhance information literacy services.
    • Assist students with in-person and virtual reference and research services.
    • Collaborate with colleagues to conduct a review of the library’s monograph collection, utilizing OCLC’s GreenGlass software to analyze collection use and prevalence in Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust.
    • Supervise support staff members and student workers.
    • Work collaboratively to formalize library policies and complete a review of the library’s website content.
Projects & initiatives
    • Project Outcome for Academic Libraries. Introduce and lead the implementation of ACRL’s Project Outcome to provide systematic and standardized assessment of information literacy instruction. Coordinated a coding project to analyze the first year of surveys and closed the assessment loop by adjusting library orientation to first year students.
    • Print Serials Review. Collaborate with the Library Director and Systems Librarian to a review the print serials collections. Utilize a collection development strategy guided by institutional academic priorities to  extensively weed the collection and switch to electronic subscriptions where possible. Complete a catalog review, documenting all necessary revisions in serial records. Finalize the project by creating an updated workflow to manage the collection. 
    • Library Lesson Plan Menu. Collaborate with colleagues to create a lesson plan menu for faculty of first year English composition courses. Formatted as a Library Lessons LibGuide, this menu provides faculty with mapped library to course learning outcomes, detailed lesson plans, tutorials, worksheets, and handouts. The goal of this menu is to make it easier for faculty to make informed choices about library instruction and provide information literacy instruction themselves if they are unable to bring a librarian into their classroom.
    • Orientation Modules for Graduate Students. Work with the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Center for Educational Resources and Technology to create an online module orientation for graduate students in research and writing. The majority of DeSales graduate students are part-time working adults with limited availability for on-campus help. These modules will provide them with base knowledge to use and return to during their graduate education.
    • Social Media Policy. Establish and enact a detailed social media policy for Trexler Library. Clearly define the content and tone for the library’s social media presence. Incorporate this perspective into other library outreach, like regular posts in the university daily news feed. Collaborate with departments through the DeSales Social Media Council to develop campus outreach policies and initiatives.
    • ArchivesSpace. Successfully advocate for the implementation of ArchivesSpace for the largely inaccessibly University Archives. Collaborate with the Dance and TV/Film Departments to petition for university funds for hosting ArchivesSpace. Create instruction tutorials on using ArchivesSpace for students and staff. Populate the ArchivesSpace account with University Archives collections.

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.

University & Ridge Archivist

Hammermill Library, Mercyhurst University, May-November 2017

    • Inventoried, arranged, described, preserved, and managed a 750 linear foot collection of documents, rare books, photographs, audiovisual material, and objects relating to Mercyhurst history.
    • Created and carried out a strategy for implementing collection description that meets archival standards using ArchivesSpace for the University Archives.
    • Managed 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.
    • Provided in person, telephone, and email reference assistance for the University Archives and Ridge Collection and gathered reference statistics using LibAnalytics.
    • Supervised and trained work-study students and interns in archival best practices.
    • Created and implemented policies regarding processing, collection development, and use.
    • Worked 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

    • Designed and instructed a 14-week introduction to archival science course for undergraduate students; Developed lesson plans with integrated assessments and supplemental materials; Utilized 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.
    • Managed the processing of a 300 linear foot collection of documents, audiovisual materials, analog and digital photographs, and artifacts in accordance with archival standards.
    • Described the collection and made it available using ArchivesSpace.
    • Provided reference and research assistance for the Ridge Archives and gather reference data using LibAnalytics.
    • Collaborated with colleagues to plan and execute the relocation of the collection from two offsite storage facilities to a newly established location on campus.
    • Supervised and trained 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.
    • Shelve material throughout the library