About me/CV

I am an academic librarian and library-school instructor whose interests include metadata and linked data, scholarly communication, research-data management, audiovisual digitization, and digital preservation. A printable 2016 résumé is available if you need it.

Experience

  • Faculty Associate, University of Wisconsin, 2007–present
    • Redesigned and taught LIS 652, “XML and Linked Data.”
    • Designed and taught LIS 658, “Publishing, Knowledge Institutions, and Society: E-Revolutions?”
    • Designed and taught LIS 644, “Digital tools, trends, and debates”
    • Designed and taught topics course LIS 855, “Digital curation”
    • Taught LIS 551 “Organization of Information,” LIS 751 “Database Design for Information Agencies,” LIS 640 “Social Media,” LIS 351 “Introduction to Digital Information,” LIS 500 “Code and Power.”
    • Served on SLIS’s Curriculum Committee, Library/IT Committee, Distance Education Committee, and 2014 Accreditation Task Force. Also served on campus Personnel Policies and Procedures Committee, Leadership Certificate Evaluation Committee
  • Instructor, University of Illinois, 2010
    • Designed and taught LIS 590CDO, “Topics in Collection Development”
  • Digital Repository Librarian, Research Services Librarian, University of Wisconsin, 2007–2011
    • Planned and co-led multi-unit data-curation service, including NSF data-management plan consulting and training
    • Advised individuals on copyright-related reuse and permissions questions
    • Managed MINDS@UW institutional repository
    • Doubled MINDS@UW item count annually three years running
    • Promoted MINDS@UW to faculty, recruited content, and trained faculty and librarians in MINDS@UW use
    • Performed batch imports and document format conversions
    • Chaired local MINDS@UW technical committee, system-wide repository task force
    • Served on campus/library research-computing, scholarly-communication, and electronic thesis and dissertation committees
    • Redesigned MINDS@UW user interface for upgrade to DSpace 1.5.1
    • Developed conversion processes, XML schemas, and code for shift from DSpace to Fedora
  • Digital Repository Services Librarian, George Mason University, 2005–2007
    • Managed Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS), as well as local journal-hosting initiative
    • Promoted MARS to faculty, recruited content, and trained faculty in MARS use
    • Wrote MARS policy and usage guidelines
    • Checked copyright status on submissions; handled MARS content licensing
    • Redesigned MARS’s DSpace user interface for attractiveness and usability
    • Performed batch imports and data format conversions
    • Managed MARS server; performed testing and upgrades
  • Student worker, Digital Content Group, University of Wisconsin Libraries: Spring 2005
    • Updated and improved TEI markup for digitized print books
  • Proprietor, Text Artisan Guild: 2003–2007
    • Edited DRM specification for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    • Performed technical review on books and specifications
    • Converted data from Quark to XML and PHP arrays
    • Consulted on workflow re-engineering projects
    • Spoke for various academic and technical groups
    • Architected, designed, and built internet and intranet sites
  • Project Assistant 2, IS Data Services Specialist: Puerto Rican Census Project, University of Wisconsin Survey Center, 2002–2004
    • Maintained custom Visual Basic programming and SQL queries for Microsoft Access data-entry and data-verification databases
    • Performed automated and manual checks on data integrity and compliance
    • Entered data from microfilm in accordance with complex compliance rules
    • Documented data format and data-management procedures
  • XML/OEB Developer: OverDrive Inc., 2001–2002
    • Converted books from Quark XPress to OEBPS-compliant XML/CSS
    • Trained staff on XML
    • Evaluated and prototyped new workflows and conversion systems
    • Represented company on Open eBook Publication Structure Working Group
  • Electronic Publishing Specialist, Typesetter, Training and Procedures Specialist: Impressions Book and Journal Services, 1999–2001
    • Designed and documented SGML and XML Document Type Definitions for dictionaries, primary and secondary historical works, and scholarly/scientific books and journals
    • Engineered front-end and back-end workflows for SGML/XML-based book production
    • Converted data from various formats to SGML/XML and electronic books
    • Typeset books and journals on Penta system
    • Trained staff and wrote internal documentation on various technical topics
    • Represented company to Open eBook Forum
  • Teaching Assistant, Spanish: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997–98
    • Taught first- and second-year college Spanish
    • Planned lessons, helped write exams, created in-class activities, met with individual students, graded student work
  • Administrative Assistant: Pharmaceutical Product Development, 1994
  • Computer-lab Consultant: University Computing Services, Indiana University, 1993
  • Grants

    • Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, campus grant for RADD to digitize slides and audiovisual material from WYOU community television (Madison), Mineral Point Library and Archives, Wisconsin School for the Deaf Archives, Langlade County Historical Society, Cedarburg Public Library, 2016–17
    • IMLS Sparks! grant to build shippable kits: PROUD (“Portable Recovery of Unique Data”) and PRAVDA (“Portably Reformat A/V to Digital from Analog”), 2016–17

    Education

    • MLS, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    • MA, Spanish: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    • BA with Highest Distinction, Comparative Literature and Spanish: Indiana University-Bloomington.
    • High school diploma: W.G. Enloe High School, Raleigh NC
    • Selected honors and awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, National Merit Scholar, Valmai Fenster Award (for outstanding promise of exceptional scholarly contribution to the [library] profession), Outstanding Student Scholar Finalist, Beta Phi Mu, C. Berger Entrepreneurial Promise Award.

    Additional training

    • Summer Institute on Humanities Data Curation, University of Illinois, 2009
    • Summer Institute on Data Curation, University of Illinois, 2008
    • Copyright Law and Integrated Access to Digital Course Materials, Georgia Harper, University of Maryland University College, 2008
    • Orphan Works, Gigi Sohn, University of Maryland University College, 2009
    • Campus Copyright Policy, Steven McDonald, University of Maryland University College, 2009

    Selected bibliography

    Books and book chapters

    Articles and book reviews

    • “Federal Research-Data Requirements Set to Change.” With Abigail Goben. College & Research Libraries News (September 2013).
    • “Review of Graham Pryor ed. Managing Research Data.” Collaborative Librarianship (2013).
    • With Amy Buckland, Martin Paul Eve, Graham Steel, and Jennifer Gardy, “On the Mark? Responses to a Sting.” Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2:1 (2013), p.eP1116.
    • How to Scuttle a Scholarly Communication Initiative.Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 1:4 (2013).
    • Forging new service paths: institutional approaches to providing research data management services.” Journal of E-Science Librarianship 1:3 (2013).
    • “Review of Jenny Sundén and Malin Svenningson, Gender and Sexuality in Online Game Cultures: Passionate Play.” Feminist Collections 33:3 (Summer 2012).
    • Respect My Praxis.” #alt-academy: Alternative Academic Careers (2011).
    • Who Owns Our Work?Serials 23:3 (November 2010).
    • Retooling Libraries for the Data Challenge.” Ariadne 64 (July 2010).
    • Name Authority Control in Institutional Repositories.” Cataloging and Classification Quarterly 47:3/4 (April 2009).
    • Innkeeper at the Roach Motel.” Library Trends 57:2 (2008).
    • “Review of Mark Jordan, Putting Content Online: A Practical Guide for Libraries.” Journal of Web Librarianship (Winter 2007).
    • “Review of Neil Jacobs ed. Open Access: Key Strategic, Technical and Economic Aspects.” Journal of Web Librarianship (Summer 2007).
    • Design Speaks.” netConnect, Library Journal (15 October 2006).

    Full presentation list

    • “Who’s Devouring Whom? Preventing Publishing Predation” Loyola University Open Access Week 2015 (invited)
    • “Quia Faciendum Est” Potomac Technical Processing Librarians annual symposium 2015 (keynote)
    • “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do (Read Serials)” NASIG 2015 (keynote)
    • “Discovering Standards: Adoptability and Adaptability“ North America Data Documentation Initiative conference 2015 (keynote)
    • “More Win, Less Fail” Northern Illinois University Open Access Week 2014 (invited)
    • “Don’t Make Me Think!” Digital Frontiers 2014 (keynote)
    • “The Purple Squirrel (and other damaging technology myths).” Conference on Law School Computing 2014, Harvard Law School (keynote)
    • “Protecting Patron Privacy on Library Computers.” Library Technology Conference 2014
    • “Soylent SemWeb Is People!” Semantic Web in Libraries 2013 (keynote)
    • “Is This Big Data Which I See Before Me?” OCLC Collective Insight series, “Driven by Shared Data” May 2013 (invited)
    • “Educators Together.” Iowa Library Association/ACRL Conference 2013 (keynote)
    • “Research Data and Scholarly Communication.” Marquette Scholarly Communication Symposium 2013 (invited)
    • “Open-source Software in Libraries.” Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference 2012 (invited)
    • “Manufacturing Serendipity,” 2012 E-Science Symposium (invited), Coalition for Networked Information 2011 Spring Meeting
    • “Occupy Copyright,” Syracuse University Open Access Week 2011
    • Avoiding the Heron’s Way: Planning a Practical Institutional Repository. WiLSWorld 2011
    • I Own Copyright, so I Pwn You (and your little library, too!)” Special Libraries Association Annual Conference 2011
    • Librarians Love Data!” Special Libraries Association Annual Conference 2011
    • Manufacturing Serendipity: Research Data Services at UW-Madison. Coalition for Networked Information Spring 2011 Meeting, co-presenting with D. Scott Brandt, Purdue University
    • “Top Tech Trends” and “Turning Collection Development Inside-Out.” OLA Superconference 2011
    • “A comparative analysis of institutional repository software.” With Siddharth Kumar Singh and Michael Witt. Open Repositories 2010
    • So, are we winning yet?” Electronic Resources and Libraries conference-planning session, 2010 (invited)
    • Who Owns Our Work?” Plenary session, UKSG Conference 2010 (invited)
    • So you think you know libraries” Science Online 2010 (invited)
    • Canoe the Open Content Rapids.” Wisconsin Library Association 2009 (invited)
    • Escapar la carerra de la reina.” University of Puerto Rico, Open Access Week 2009 (invited)
    • Solving problems with Web 2.0.” Catholic Librarians’ Association, Wisconsin chapter, 2009
    • Grab a bucket! It’s raining data!” Access 2009, Charlottetown PEI, Canada (invited)
    • Institutional Repositories: The Phoenix Reborn.” WiLSWorld 2009, Madison WI (invited)
    • Preservation and institutional repositories.” 2009 Summer Institute on Humanities Data Curation, University of Illinois (invited)
    • Escaping the Red Queen’s Race with Open Access.” Inauguration of “Island Scholar,” University of Prince Edward Island, 2008 (invited)
    • A Successful Failure: Requirements Gathering for DSpace.” DSpace User Group meeting, SPARC Digital Repositories 2008 (invited)
    • “Use Cases and Usability.” Repository Fringe 2008, Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Le IR, c’est mort; vive le IR!” Keynote address, Repository Fringe 2008, Edinburgh, Scotland
    • “Survivor: Interface!” Midwest Library Technology Conference 2008
    • Five Weeks to a Social Library.” Poster session, ASIST Annual Conference 2007
    • Panel member, “The Future of Institutional Repositories: the Experts Debate.” ASIST 2007
    • Panel member, “Live Usability Lab: Open Access Archives and Institutional Repositories.” ASIST 2007
    • What’s Driving Open Access?” Texas Library Association Annual Conference, April 2007
    • The Social Journal.” STM Innovations Seminar, 1 December 2006, London England
    • Making DSpace Your Own” with Tim Donohue, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2006; ASIST 2007
    • Open Access for Teachers.” HigherEdBlogCon 2006
    • “Classification, Cataloguing, and Categorization Systems: Past, Present, and Future” Extreme Markup 2004, Montreal Canada
    • “Accessibility in Database Search Pages” presented for “Web Tools for Librarians” Continuing Education Seminar, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 13 May 2004
    • “Page and Screen: The Collision of Print and Electronic Publishing”
      • Computers in the Humanities Users Group (Brown University, 15 March 2001)
      • Microsoft’s Research Center (9 May 2001; invited)
      • Association of Computing and Information Systems, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (25 October 2001)