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.
Create teaching resources, such as interactive tutorials, help guides, infographics, and worksheets, to enhance information literacy services.
Design, deploy, and analyze assessment activities for instruction service programs.
Assist students with in-person and virtual reference and research services.
Organize and lead virtual and in-person citation workshops. Collaborate with the Writing Center to provide write and cite informal workshops.
Engage with patron community through traditional and social media outreach activities.
Supervise part-time staff members and student workers.
Manage the collection development for the library’s print serials collection.
Work collaboratively to formalize library policies and complete a review of the library’s website content
Projects & initiatives
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. Collaborate with departments such as the Academic Resource Center on social media 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.
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.