Professional Experience

May 2013-Present: University of Maryland, College Park- University Archives

  • Student Assistant
    • Assist with processing large collection of former University President Harry C. Byrd’s papers.
    • Retrieve and rehouse archival and special collections materials for researcher use.
    • Staff special collections welcome desk to provide directional assistance to researchers.

January 2013-Present: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library

  • Special Collections Volunteer
    • Processed collection of donated personal papers by rehousing, identifying series, and writing finding aid.
    • Apply metadata to poster collection using the NAL’s thesaurus, in preparation for digitization.
    • Assist with projects relating to digitization of materials by the Internet Archive.

August 2012-December 2012: U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies

  • Usability and User Experience Intern
    • Assisted with and facilitated First Fridays website usability tests using in-person and heuristic methods.
    • Wrote web content for First Fridays program for and DigitalGov blog.
    • Collaborated on ways to deliver the most useful information possible to clients in the shortest timeframe.

July 2011- September 2011: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

  • Volunteer
    • Worked with appraisal archivist team on project involving inventory of a sampled record series.
    • Created new database entries for declassified World War II files, and helped with re-organization of finding aids.

September 2010-May 2012: University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Special Collections Department, Albin O. Kuhn Library

  • Student Assistant
    • Inventoried and catalogued the university’s photograph and comic book collections.
    • Applied metadata to digitized images to allow for greater usability by researchers.
    • Re-foldered several series of University Archives files, including labeling according to MPLP standards.
    • Curated a 50-piece exhibit on the history of comic book censorship and gave a lecture on the collection and exhibit.

July 2000-March 2009: Hersha Group

  • Paralegal and Records Management    
    • Played an integral role in acquiring more than thirty hotels during a three-year period as the company expanded its ownership and management portfolios.
    • Served as primary point of communication for outside counsel and lenders for real estate transactions and securities due diligence.
    • Created, organized, and maintained network based library of transactional documents in order to streamline the diligence process for all parties.
  • Acquisitions Specialist
    • Coordinated the acquisition of new properties, including franchise, insurance, operations and transaction teams.
    • Maintained close working relationships with franchisor representatives to facilitate and expedite approvals in order to meet deadlines.
  • Office Manager
    • Supervised administrative staff for executives, maintained office equipment, and performed tasks necessary to ensure smooth operation of office.
    • Drafted correspondence, maintained files, and arranged meetings for Chief Executive Officer.
Other Experience

July 2012-Present: Hack Library School

  • Contribute articles on a regular basis that reflect my experience as a graduate student in the library sciences field.  Interact with readers and fellow contributors to develop interesting content for our audience.
  • With other contributors, identify existing articles on the site and provide new content to be included in a forthcoming e-book.
Conference Presentations
  • “Seduction of the Innocent- How UMBC’s Special Collections found a new audience by opening up its little grey boxes” (Poster). Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, August 2013.
  • “Seduction of the Innocent- How UMBC’s Special Collections found a new audience by opening up its little grey boxes.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Washington, DC, March 2013.
  • “Seduction of the Innocent: Bringing UMBC’s hidden comic book collection into the light.” Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, Richmond, VA, October 2012.
Professional Organizations
  • Society of American Archivists- Member, August 2012-Present
    • Students and New Archivists Roundtable- Steering Committee Member, July 2013-Present
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference- Member, August 2012-Present

August 2012- May 2014: Master of Library and Information Science, University of Maryland, College Park

  • College of Information Studies, specialization in Archives, Records and Information Management.

August 2009-May 2012: Bachelor of Arts, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Sociology and a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies.

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