Masters of Library Science, May 2015
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Specialization in Rare Books and Manuscript Librarianship

Bachelor of Science in History and English, December 2012
Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota

Work Experience

Bookselling Assistant, June 2015 – January 2016
Van Norman Rare Books, Rapid City, South Dakota

• Compose articulate and concise book descriptions emphasizing the book’s contextual significance and importance.
• Maintain social media outreach and marketing accounts.
• Assist with website development and maintenance.
• Research book values and characteristics through use of physical and online reference resources.
• Aid with bookstore management.

Library Associate I, June 2015 – Present
Rapid City Public Library, Rapid City, South Dakota

• Interact skillfully with people of all ages and backgrounds to assist with their information needs.
• Utilize adroit reference skills to address patrons’ information needs, whether in person or by phone, email or online chat.
• Use an integrated library system to adeptly manage all library collections.
• Edit digital audio files of local oral histories to create online video recordings, in partnership with Historic Rapid City.
• Perform original and copy cataloging of digital and physical materials utilizing the relevant software.
• Plan and execute programs for the Local History Archives Team, Flood Team, and the Oral History Team.
•Write and design educational outreach programming regarding  the Rapid City Historical Collections Room and regional history topics.

Fine Arts Library Graduate Supervisor, August 2014 –May 2015
Fines Arts Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

• Supervised undergraduate library assistants in circulation and stack maintenance.
• Provided reference services for researchers, students, and faculty.
• Prepared periodicals for commercial bindery.
• Processed new materials by editing bibliographical records to reflect current location.
• Managed content on the library’s Pinterest page as an outreach and educational tool.
• Published blog posts on the library’s website.

ILS Career Services Analyst, January 2014 – May 2015
School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

• Mentored peers about careers and course paths.
• Provided advice on how to write resumes and cover letters.
• Performed mock job interviews via telephone, Skype, and in-person.
• Created and wrote for a blog about library focused career advice titled, “The Prepared Librarian”.

Page, September 2013 – May 2015
Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

• Procured and returned rare books from a closed stacks collection.
• Collaborated in preparing newly cataloged books.
• Assisted the Curator of Manuscripts by accessioning new acquisitions.
• Made catalog cards from bibliographic record.
• Properly housed books according to library protocol.
• Identified items needing conservation attention and repair.

Bindery Preparations Assistant, August 2013 – May 2015
Preservation Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

• Entered item specific information into ABLE, a commercial bindery database.
• Determined appropriate binding treatments for serials following the Library Binding Institute Standard guidelines.
• Performed minor preservation and conservation treatments on the serials.

Photocopier, Library Assistant II, October 2013 – August 2014
Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

• Digitally reproduced copies of rare books and manuscripts.
• Utilized proper preservation methods of handling materials.
• Completed digitization and photocopy projects for researchers and staff members.

Historic Preservation Assistant, March 2013 – August 2013
Historic Preservation, City of Deadwood, Deadwood, South Dakota

• Cataloged the Don Clowser Collection at Days of 76 Museum as a special project.
• Labeled artifacts with archival tags and acryloid for identification.

Archives Assistant, January 2013 – August 2013
Black Hills Mining Museum, Lead, South Dakota

• Inventoried and rehoused the Homestake Mining Company Patterns as a special project at the request of the  museum board.
• Performed preservation work for the collection by cleaning the objects.
• Cataloged the patterns through museum standards in both online and paper forms to create an inventory list.

Museum Assistant, August 2012 – August 2013
Adams Museum and Days of ’76 Museum, Deadwood, South Dakota

• Welcomed 300 guests on average from across the world to the historic museum.
• Performed in-person and online reference for the museums’ collections.
• Aided in the successful functioning of the museums’ gift shop.


Rare Book Cataloging Internship, January 2015 – May 2015
Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

• Performed retrospective conversion cataloging, which utilizes copy and original cataloging of monographic bibliographical records that have previously been cataloged but are not available in an online catalog.
• Used SIRSI/Unicorn and search OCLC for cataloging copy.
• Performed original cataloging on items that do not have a catalog record in OCLC.
• Assigned subject headings and authorized names forms.
• Learned how to catalog in non-English languages including French and Spanish.
• Read ten professional article and readings, along with writing a descriptive abstract or annotation about each.
• Wrote journal entries which reflect the internship experiences on The Prepared Librarian.
• Created a PowerPoint presentation to discuss the activities performed during the internship.

Kinsey Institute Internship, August 2014 – December 2015
Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

• Digitized archival collections using a flatbed scanner.
• Performed original cataloging of multiple boxes of a VHS film collection for the Media Digitization & Preservation Initiative.
• Digitized and created archival quality DVDs of a film collection.
• Performed special collection management project to identify the holdings in the collection.
• Uploaded images to PhotoCat, a web-based application using MODS-based cataloging.

Mathers Museum Internship, June 2014 – August 2014
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

• Aided in the selection of items for and organization of the exhibit, In Their Own Words: Native Americans In World War I.
• Designed Omeka powered online exhibit for In Their Own Words.

Adams House Museum Internship, June 2012 – August 2012
Adams House Museum, Deadwood, South Dakota

• Completed preservation tasks on textiles and photographs.
• Completed full inventory of house library and cataloged backlog of photographs.
• Performed special duties during multiple events and summer camps such as the opening of the Days of ’76 Museum, Archaeology camp.

Volunteer Experience

Wylie House Volunteer, August 2014 – Present
Wylie House, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

• Creates and encodes an EAD finding aid for the Louise Bradley and Elizabeth Bishop Collection.
• Scans letters, photographs and documents from various collections for digitization.
• Transcribes letters from various collections in order to facilitate research and access to the collections.
• Researches and publishes multiple blog posts about events and manuscript collections.
• Performs reference with scholars about collections of interest.
• Executes archival and manuscript processing.

Professional Development

CONTENTdm: User Group Meeting, Davenport, Iowa, August 10 11, 2016

• Attended discussions and presentations about linked data, state digital library projects, metadata, and APIs.

Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference, Davenport, Iowa,  August 9 – 10, 2016

• Presented on a panel called, “Building Collections, Building Community: Collaborative Community Digitization Projects,” which discussed digitization projects at the Rapid City Public Library, South Dakota State University, Minitex, and Digital Horizons. I presented on Rapid City Public Library’s Memory Lab Project.

ACRL/WESS Cataloging Issues Discussion Group, July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

ACRL/LES Virtual Participation Committee, July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

From Theory to Action: A Pragmatic Approach to Digital Preservation Tools and Strategies, Digital POWRR Workshop, Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, Deadwood, South Dakota, November 13, 2015

Colorado Antiquarian Bookseller Seminar, Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 12 – 17, 2015

• Attended lectures and workshops designed to introduce booksellers, books collectors, and librarians to the techniques of buying, selling, describing/cataloging, and marketing of books and special collection materials.

Society of American Archivist-Student Chapter Conference, Bloomington Indiana, March 28, 2015

• Presented a paper entitled, “Teaching with Manuscripts: A Prospective of Practical Uses of Manuscript and Archive Collections in Professional Training of MLS Candidates.”

ALA Midwinter, Chicago, Illinois, January 29-February 2, 2015

• Attended meetings for Rare Books & Manuscripts Section, Western European Studies Section, and cataloging sections.

Exhibitions Curated

Sacred and Secular Spheres: Examining Relationships Between Text and Image, Fine Arts Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana,  April and May 2015

Zine Collections at the Fine Arts Library, Fine Arts Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, March 2015

• With the Society of Art Librarianship Students group, collaboratively researched, designed layout, and installed exhibit.
• Showcased different variations on zines.

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Creative Bookbinding Techniques, Fine Arts Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, May 5–31, 2014

• With the Society of Art Librarianship Students group, collaboratively researched, designed layout, and installed exhibit.
• Showcased artists’ books and unique bindings.
• Created a poster and exhibit to represent the group’s efforts to work effectively and creatively together.


Sylvia Plath: Before the Colossus, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, March 26 – April 2, 2014

• Showcased 15 items from the Plath Manuscript Collections at the Lilly Library.
• Researched, designed layout, and helped install materials into exhibit case.

Professional and Student Organizations

• American Library Association, member, March 2014 – Present
• American Library Association- IU Student Chapter, member, Fall 2013 – Spring 2105
• Association of College & Research Libraries, member, March 2014 – Present
• Art Libraries Society of North America, member, March 2014 – Present
• Rare Books & Manuscripts Section, March 2014 – Present
• Society of American Archivist-Student Chapter, member, Fall 2013 – Spring 2015
• Society of Art Librarianship Students, Vice President, Spring 2014 – Spring 2015; Secretary, Fall 2013
• Special Libraries Association-Indiana Chapter, member, March 2014 – Present
• Special Libraries Association, President, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015; Treasurer,Fall 2014 – Spring 2015; Fundraiser, Spring 2014

Technology Skills

• ABLE: Advanced Bindery Library Exchange
• Adobe Photoshop
• BiblioBoard
• DACS: Describing Archives: A Content Standard
• DCRM: Descriptive of Rare Materials
• Dublin Core metadata schema
• EAD: Encoded Archival Description
• ESTC: English Short Title Catalog
• File Maker Pro
• Instagram
• Koha: Open Source Integrated Library System
• MARC: Machine-Readable Cataloging
• Microsoft Office Suite
• MODS: Metadata Object Description Schema
• OCLC Connexion
• Omeka
• Oxygen XML Editor
• PastPerfect Museum Program
• RDA: Resource Description and Access
• SiriDynix Symphony Workflows
• TEI: Text Encoding Initiative
• Worpress


• Bibliographical knowledge of French
• Basic knowledge of Russian


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