Projects

I’m usually working on a handful of projects at a given moment in time. Here is a partial list of the things I’ve been working on


Voyager Integrated Library System

I have more than 5 years of experience with the Circulation, Cataloging, Acquisitions, and SysAdmin modules of Voyager in a consortial environment and have served as technical system administrator for my institution.

MarcEdit

I frequently use MarcEdit to batch edit electronic resources records and have experience adding URL proxy information, adding and changing call numbers, and modifying field information.

SFX

I work as the SFX administrator for my library where I have improved performance and reduced errors to under 1% by updating the underlying KnowledgeBase and improving the user interface. I also serve on a statewide committee (CARLI’s SFX System Committee) that researches and promotes best practices for this tool.

ILLiad

Starting in the fall of 2015, I’ve worked to implement ILLiad for the Brandel Library. This involved coordinating with other library services (SFX, EZProxy, library website) and optimizing the ILLiad workflows (customizing templates, creating routing rules, etc.).

EZProxy

I manage patron authentication through OCLC’s EZProxy service. I planned and managed an effort to move from a locally hosted version to an version hosted by OCLC and have made extensive style customizations to the public facing pages to match the institution’s style.

Electronic Resource Management

I manage all of my institution’s electronic resources over their entire life cycle, including acquisition, licensing, assessment, and maintenance. I use a variety of tools to complete this work, including an Electronic Resource Management tool (CORAL), MarcEdit, and link checking software.

OCLC Services

I have experience using OCLC’s Connexion Client, WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, and WorldShare Metadata services.

EBSCO Discovery Service

I led the Brandel Library’s implementation of EBSCO’s Discovery Service and currently lead the maintenance and assessment activities for my institution.

SQL

I have written many custom select queries within the Voyager environment and have shared my queries through the statewide consortia (CARLI).

MacroExpress

I use MacroExpress extensively for both my routine work and to automate aspects of my job. I’ve given several presentations about the uses of MacroExpress within the context of an academic library.

Python

I completed the “Foundations of Information Processing in Library and Information Science” (LIS452) through the University of Illinois. I have started using Python to automate some of my library work and hope to use Python to explore data analysis work in the future.

HTML

I completed the “Web Design and Construction for Organizations” (LIS590) through the University of Illinois and currently work at the webmaster for the Northfield Historical Society.

CSS

I completed the “Web Design and Construction for Organizations” (LIS590) through the University of Illinois and currently work at the webmaster for the Northfield Historical Society.

Open Journal Systems

I manage the site for The Covenant Quarterly and have customized the CSS and extended the functionality of the Open Journal System through plugins.

Omeka

I serve as webmaster for the Northfield Historical Society as well as manage a personal family archive using the Omeka platform.

WordPress

I help manage The Covenant Quarterly’s Forum site as well as my personal website (including this one!) using WordPress.

Archon

I migrated existing archival data to the CARLI managed Archon system and helped developed documentation for this product.

Social Media

I have managed a number of different institutional social media accounts  and was invited to serve as a panel member for a “Social Media Focus Group” sponsored by Taylor & Francis in Philadelphia.

Tableau

I use Tableau to explore data to improve the efficiency of library systems and to create interactive and beautiful reports for external audiences.

Webmaster for the Northfield Historical Society

Updated and maintain the website for the Northfield Historical Society Provide technical support and metadata expertise to ensure that digital content is accessible and the website can accommodate a growing collection of digital images

Covenant Quarterly

I have worked with the Covenant Quarterly for several years as both a student editor (2011-2013) and more recently as the technical advisor (2014-2017).

Intern for the Center for Railroad Photography and Art

Created metadata for more than 8,000 black and white negatives in the Fred M. Springer collection following local practice and national metadata standards Performed quality control on the scanned images and organized files according to local conventions

Online Family Archives

I started using the content management system Omeka to manage a small collection of digitized family photos. This represents my earliest attempts at website design and hosting, digitization and file management, and metadata. I will imagine this will be a constant work in process but I’m also irrationally proud of it. I call the site …

Member of the CARLI SFX System Committee

Work collaboratively with other librarians from across the state of Illinois to promote best practices for using SFX, an open-URL link resolver Develop training materials for new SFX administrators as well as best practices for integrated SFX data into other library services

Treasurer for LIBRAS

Serve on the executive committee of a regional library consortium focused on professional development and knowledge sharing Create budgets, manage the corporate account, handle all invoicing and reimbursements, coordinate with legal help to ensure national and state non-profit status

Chair of the Commission on Covenant History

I lead the Commission by facilitating meetings, collaborating with denominational offices, and communicating successes and needs to outside stakeholders. I also coordinate membership, email newsletters, and social media for “Friends of Covenant History” a historical society sponsored by the Commission.

Team Member on the LIBRAS ILEAD USA

Selected for a continuing education program focused on participatory technology skills and leadership training Explored ways to improve Constellation, the Institutional Repository managed by LIBRAS libraries

Member of the Commission on Covenant History

Served on the national denominational board tasked with collecting, preserving, maintaining, and interpreting historical records of the Evangelical Covenant Church

Chair of the LIBRAS Technical Services Special Interest Group

Planned and hosted several events a year focused on incorporating and using technology in libraries.

Archival Volunteer – North Park University

Worked with the archivist to prioritize manuscript collections that needed processing or reorganization. Processed and organized materials following specific guidelines and procedures while creating and maintaining accurate finding aids. Implemented preservation techniques appropriate to an archival setting.

Studs Terkel Radio Archive Description Internship

Gained experience working with a Digital Asset Management tool (Starchive) and managing digitized audiovisual content. Improved access to records by adding a title, brief description, tags (natural language and Library of Congress Subject Headings), and categories (from a taxonomy) to records. Corrected mistakes in existing metadata to ensure accuracy and improve usability.

Copyright and Fair Use: A Guide for the Perplexed

An overview of Intellectual Property, Copyright, and Fair Use presented to faculty at the Academic Technology Day, North Park University (January, 2017).

Reflections on Processing the Fred Springer Collection

An informal presentation for the Center for Railroad Photography and Art as well as interested Faculty from Lake Forest College (April, 2015)

Panel member for “Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs from several perspectives”

Part of the “Collection Development Strategies in an Evolving Marketplace: an ALCTS Midwinter Symposium” at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago (January, 2015)

Panel member for “Social Media Focus Group”

Panelist for a social media focus group sponsored by Taylor & Francis in Philadelphia, PA (July, 2014)

Making your iPad work for you”

A presentation to North Park University faculty and staff as part of the Faculty Staff Development Day (April, 2014).

“Recycled Holiday Crafts at North Park University’s Brandel Library”

Wrote an article for the website “Library as Incubator Project” about book crafts at North Park University. (December, 2013).

Archon and the Swedish American Historical Society of Greater Chicago

Presentation to the Preservation Committee of the Swedish American Historical Society at North Park University (October, 2013).

Automating acquisitions processes: EOCR and EDI

Presentation at a LIBRAS event hosted at Concordia University (March, 2013).

“MacroExpress: from mystery to magic!”

Presentation to LIBRAS (February, 2012) and to the DePaul University library staff (April, 2012).

“Want to Hangout?: potential uses of Google hangouts in small academic libraries”

Presented to library staff at a LIBRAS event held at North Park University (February, 2012).

“Sharing locally created Access queries”

Co-lead section at a CARLI open house hosted by Northeastern Illinois University (March, 2011).

“Getting the Best Deal: comparing prices and vendors”

CARLI webinar (January, 2011).

Panel member for “The Road to Open Access”

Panelist for the Chicago Area Theological Library Association fall meeting hosted by Trinity International University (October, 2013).

Metadata

I am very comfortable with a variety of metadata standards including MARC, Dublin Core, and XML. I also have experience working with COUNTER compliant reports, EOCR and EDI, metadata harvesting via Z39.50, OpenURL linking, and other standards. I have limited experience working with PBCore, METS, and Premis.

R

I have started using the statistical programming language R to generate reports about library usage.

Vice-President for LIBRAS

Serve as Vice-President (President Elect) for LIBRAS – a regional library consortium focused on professional development and education.

Co-Presenter for “Library Support for Catalyst”

Served as a co-presenter at North Park University’s Fall Tech Day highlighting ways the library can support Chicago-based learning. (August, 2017)

Panelist for “LIBRAS Technical Services Special Interest Group – Tipasa”

Served as a panelist for the LIBRAS Technical Services SIG group on Tipasa (December, 2017)