EDUCATION
M.S.I.S.                                                                            Expected May 2015
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Archives / Preservation Studies
Portfolio in Museum Studies

M.A., English                                                                                         June 2003
The University of York
York, England

The Culture of Modernism
Thesis: “Revolution of the Muses: Women Working Within Surrealist Contexts Between the Wars”
Supervisor: Lawrence Rainey

B.A., English                                                                            May 2001
The University of Texas at Austin                                                                                 Austin, TX
Plan I Liberal Arts Honors Program
Minor, History

Oxford Summer Program                                                                                     Summer 2001
The University of Texas
Brasenose College, University of Oxford

Department of English
Oxford, England

Study abroad
Fall 1999
Lancaster University
Lancaster, England

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Graduate Intern                                                      September 2013 – May 2015
Harry Ransom Center
Austin, TX

  • Assisted archivists in processing collections.
  • Conducted bibliographic searches and patron research support.
  • Preserved collections.
  • Planned exhibitions and assisted with special events.
  • Provided editorial, database management, and website support.

 

Publications Manager
August 2012 – February 2013
Center for European Studies
Austin, TX

Department of French and Italian

  • Created and edited promotional and communications materials, including fliers; posters; programs; newsletters; brochures and invitations for events and functions.
  • Maintained the Center’s web site.
  • Managed the Center’s social media presence.

 
Administrative Associate
July 2007 – July 2013
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Department of French and Italian

  • Created and edited all departmental promotional and communications materials, including fliers; posters; programs; newsletters; brochures and invitations for departmental events and functions.
  • Edited all outgoing business correspondence, conference and colloquia programs, and web sites; create and maintain departmental blog and social media presence.
  • Assisted with faculty, graduate student, and prospective employee travel, entertainment, purchasing, and invoicing, both internally and externally.

 

Reference Assistant
June 2006 – July 2007
Legislative Reference Library of Texas
Austin, TX

  • Assisted reference librarians in busy Capitol library.
  • Worked on a digitization project scanning and cataloging a large archive of legislative journals dating back to the 1830s.
  • Liaised with legislative staff for research, archiving, and constituent services.

 
Planning and Process Administrator
February 2004 – July 2005
Countryside Properties
Brentwood, England

  • Planned and produced programs for all construction-phase activities using specialized construction planning software.
  • Monitored business forecasts; produced monthly, quarterly, and annual board meeting reports and government-required documentation.
  • Created, edited, and monitored relevance of quality management, health and safety, and training manuals.

 
Events Manager
September 2002 – December 2003
Ottakar’s Book Stores                                       
Chelmsford, England

  • Organized events for a national book retailer, including author signings, book launches, literary lunches, and large public talks for up to 300 people.
  • Created all associated promotional materials, including posters, fliers, and programs.
  • Managed regional print and radio advertising campaign, press releases, and ticketing.

 
Tour Guide
January 1998 – July 2001
Texas Capitol Information and Guide Service
Austin, TX

  • Maintained up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislative, historical, and architectural facts.
  • Led elected officials, diplomatic visitors, students, and public groups on tours of the State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion.
  • Acted as a representative of the State of Texas to diverse groups of tourists and visitors.

 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
 
Graduate Research Intern and Docent
June 2014 – present
Neill-Cochran House Museum
Austin, TX

  • Conducted original research regarding the history and architecture of an antebellum home museum.
  • Assisted the Director with exhibition research and development.
  • Provided historical and architectural tours to visitors, including groups, students, tourists, and scholars.
  • Provided support for special events including education outreach, fundraising, parties, and weddings.

Digital Images Indexing Contributor                                    June 2013 –May 2014
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, DC

  • Assisted in the creation of the largest online resource of searchable information about individual victims of the Holocaust.
  • Used specialized software to search for and archive information from record images into a database.

Archival Collection Processor
January – May 2014
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Austin, TX

  • Processed the Texas Department of Agriculture, Assistant Commissioner for Marketing Collection, 2004-2009 (5 cubic feet) per TSLAC procedures.
  • Undertook basic preservation tasks per TSLAC procedures.
  • Created a finding aid (Word file and EAD) for the TSLAC web site, to be cataloged and added to Texas Archival Resources Online.

Digital Indexing Volunteer

November 2013 – May 2014
Texas Observer
Austin, TX

  • Indexed archived issues of the Texas Observer for inclusion in a free online database.
  • Used a custom web portal for entry of article titles, dates, authors, and topics.

SKILLS

Library and Archives: Archival collection processing, special materials handling, patron research and liaison, reference assistance, digitization, audio reformatting and preservation,DACS, EAD, AACR2, MARC, CCO, Aeon, Editix, Oxygen

Web Design: Mac/PC, HTML, CSS, Web 2.0, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, Blogger, FTP,Dreamweaver, Cascade

Writing and Research: Writing, ghostwriting, editing, proofreading, research

Productivity Software: MS Office, Google Drive, Acrobat Pro, FileMaker Pro

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, Vine

HONORS AND AWARDS

Graduate Research Assistantship
Harry Ransom Center
2013-2015
 
University of Texas Graduate Scholarship
2013-2014
 
State of Texas Graduate Scholarship
2013-2014
Student Association of the School of Information Conference Grant
School of Information
The University of Texas at Austin
2014
Spontaneous Scholarship
Kate Theimer Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting Scholarship
2014
 
Best Events Programme Annual Award
Ottakar’s PLC
Sailsbury, Wiltshire, England
2003
Oxford English Program Scholarship
The University of Texas at Austin
Brasenose College, Oxford University, Oxford, England
2001
Texas Exes Scholarship
Lamar County Texas Exes
Paris, Texas, USA
1997
 
Paris High School Fine Arts Scholarship
Paris, Texas, USA
1997

CONFERENCES and WORKSHOPS
THATCamp Digital Humanities & Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin,
Austin, Texas, November 2013
AccessibleFuture Workshop, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, February-March 2014
Inaugural Conference of the Texas Digital Humanities Consortium, “Networks in the Humanities,” University of Houston, Houston, Texas, March 2014
Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, April 2014
Society of Southwest Archivists and the Southern Archives Conference Joint Annual Meeting,
New Orleans, Louisiana, May 2014,
Rare Book School, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, June 2014
Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Washington DC, August 2014
Presenter, student poster session, on behalf of SAA-UT Student Chapter

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
 
Society of American Archivists, national
Society of American Archivists, University of Texas Student Chapter (President)
Society of Southwest Archivists
American Library Association
Texas Library Association
University of Texas Student Association of the School of Information
Texas State Historical Association

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Archives and preservation, digital humanities, digital librarianship, museum studies, modernism, British and American history, public history, Texana, accessibility, foodways, monuments and memory, graffiti

COURSEWORK
 
MSIS, Archives/Preservation
The University of Texas at Austin
 
Introduction to Archival Enterprise I
Ciaran Trace
Information in Social and Cultural Context
Tanya Clement
Perspectives on Information
Matthew Lease
 
Understanding Research
Yan Zhang
Topics In Description and Metadata: Descriptive Traditions In Cultural Heritage Institutions
Melanie Feinberg
 
Introduction to Audio Preservation and Reformatting
Sarah Cunningham
 
Issues in Museum Studies (Art History)
Louis Waldman
 
Historical Museums: Context and Practice
Patricia Galloway
 
Old English (English)
Mary Blockey
 
Rare Book School
University of Virginia
 
Digitizing the Historical Record
Bethany Nowviskie and Andrew Stauffer
 

Other Graduate Coursework
The University of Texas at Austin
 
Introduction to Bibliography and Textual Studies (English)
Michael Winship
 
From Conquest to Plague (1066-1350) (English)
Daniel Birkholz
 

MA, The Culture of Modernism
The University of York
(Interdisciplinary: English Literature, History of Art, Politics)
Paris-Berlin 1920-1940 (English/Art History)
Lawrence Rainey
 
Reading Modernity (English)
Lawrence Rainey
 
The Contemporary European City in Comparative Perspective (Politics)
Simon Parker
 
Virginia Woolf (English)
Rachel Bowlby
 

OTHER INTERESTS
 
Member, Austin Food Blogger Alliance
Member, Austin Tennis League
Life Member, Texas Exes

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