Professional Experience

Collection Specialist Librarian (Library of Congress)
January 2015 - Present
Freelance Indexer, Editor, Writer (Handy Editorial)
Provides services for hire on a freelance basis for a variety of editorial and writing tasks, including proofreading, copy editing, content editing, manuscript layout and formatting, indexing, writing, eBook coding and design, and fact-checking, among other things. Work performed has been on a variety of subjects, including everything from history and criminology to biology and other branches of science, psychology and culture as well as fiction manuscripts and some texts have included a heavy amount of foreign language terminology.
Technical Services and Research Librarian (Northrop Grumman - Electronic Systems)
May 2013 - January 2015
Provides technical literature, market research and any other research for staff from all departments, analyzes and evaluates data and compiles results for use. Conducts original cataloging for library materials. Manages collection development as well as the libraryís serials collection, including both print and electronic resources. Develops and maintains website structure and content. Markets library services and resources, including writing the libraryís newsletter.
Public Services Librarian (Waldorf West - Charles County Public Library)
August 2012 - April 2013
Providing reference and circulation services to patrons, serving as IT Liaison for branch, contributing to collection development, collection maintenance, resources maintenance and ILL services, developing and providing programming and instructional courses, particularly in information and computer literacy. Basic cataloging for library materials. Work utilizes Sirsi Workflows ILS.
Library Assistant (University of Maryland Thurgood Marshall Law Library)
September 2011 - December 2012
Provided circulation and reference services to patrons as well as general collection maintenance, ILL services, preparing items for the bindery and basic copy cataloging for serials. Aided with occasional projects for the Technical Services department, including acquisitions,cataloging and serials. Work utilized the Aleph ILS.
Program Control Analyst (Exelis, formerly ITT)
April 2010 - July 2012
Collaborate with the FAA on the FAVES (FAA Administrative Voice Enterprise Services) telecommunications contract, assisting the contract lead and the field. Generate website content and create briefing materials, schedules, policy and guidance materials, meeting minutes and reference documentation regarding contract information and procedures. Manage and track telephony work orders (while allocating and tracking associated monies), facilitating communications between contract lead and field.
Library Assistant (Bowie State University Marshall Library)
December 2010 - June 2011
Provided circulation and reference services to patrons. Assisted the Cataloging Department with technical services and item processing along with basic copy cataloging for serials. Work utilized the Aleph, WorldCat and USMAI OPAC systems.
Administrative Assistant (University of Maryland)
July 2009 - February 2010
Worked as a student administrative assistant in the English department (in a temporary position) before moving on to work in the office of the Director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST). Duties included the creation of web content, coordinating travel arrangements, maintaining a filing system, drafting letters, performing research, and other administrative duties.
Editorial Assistant (National Geographic Society)
June 2007 - December 2008
Worked first as an intern before moving on to serve in both a freelance and salaried capacity. Duties included text editing, layout, content editing, working with graphics, design and text files, fact-checking, research, glossary construction, indexing and the writing of copy. Authored an entire chapter for The National Geographic Answer Book and worked as a contributor on many others, including 1000 Events that Changed the World, Birding Essentials, Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep, Body: The Complete Human, The Green Guide, The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America, National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America, Freedom in My Heart, Abraham Lincolnís Extraordinary Era, Backyard Guide to the Night Sky, Complete Survival Manual and An Uncommon History of Common Things.

Education

MLS in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Maryland (2012)
Coursework has included training in web coding (HTML, CSS, XML, XSLT, MySQL, PHP, Javascript), reference work, academic librarianship, indexing, the construction of thesauri and formal ontologies, management in an information sciences setting, digital preservation, planning and evaluation, the history of books and their structure, genealogy research, web-enabled databases, MARC, AACR2 and RDA.
BA in English and Cognitive Linguistics (with a minor in Japanese) from the University of Maryland (2009)
Successfully completed the Honors Program (2009)
Successfully completed the Honors Humanities Program, including a two-year research thesis (2008)

Memberships

American Society of Indexers(ASI)
Editorial Freelancers Society (EFA)
Special Library Association (ALA)
American Library Association (ALA)
Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)
- Regular Committee Member
- Course Liaison for Fundamentals of Collection Assessment
- Course Liaison for Fundamentals of Preservation
- Course Tester for Fundamentals of Acquisition

Presentations

RFID: Considerations for Implementation - August 2014

Awards

Award of Recognition of Significant Contributions to the Federal Aviation Administration's FAVES Contract
University of Maryland English Department Award of Excellence
Arts and Humanities Scholar Award
Dean's Senior Scholar Award Nominee

Additional Skills & Training

  • Speak, read and write Japanese on an intermediate level
  • Formal training in editing and research through the National Geographic Society
  • Comfortable in the use of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word and Visio), Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver), Quark, MARCEdit, Exchanger and Protege
  • Comfortable working with Windows or MAC; basic competence in Linux
  • Experienced working with Aleph, Sirsi and Eos ILS
  • Readers' advisory