Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

Librarian I 

Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL.     

May 2019- present

I provide reference services to patrons on the phone and in person. I prepare book displays, bibliographies and resource guides, highlighting collections and services. I lead and coordinate the programs, working with outside organizations as well as with other Chicago Public Library departments. I write staff picks and am a current blogger for Chicago Public Library.

Library Associate 

Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL.     

August 2018- May 2019

From the circulation and reference desks, I issued library cards, checked out materials, renew, placed holds, and provided reference services. I supervised adult computer users and assisted in troubleshooting technology. I represented the library at a variety of community outreach events, selected books and organized topical displays for adults, and led public programming for the West Humboldt Park community.

Exhibit Design Intern 

University of Iowa Special Collections and University Archives, Iowa City, IA.     

May 2018- August 2018

I developed a physical collection of artifacts and papers pertaining to the history of the school mascot Herky the Hawk, including Dick Spencer III’s original illustrations of the mascot. I researched and surveyed pertinent holdings, selected content, created text, designed, and installed the exhibit at the University of Iowa Main Library. I wrote blog posts for the Special Collections blog and was interviewed by local press about the exhibit. I also introduced the “Hatching Herky” exhibit and conducted tours at the opening event, in which attendees included donors, the president of University of Iowa, and the general public. My exhibit was converted into a traveling exhibit, touring the United States for 2 years, appearing at various Hawkeye events.

Library Aide 

Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City, IA.     

May 2016- July 2018

During my work in Community and Access Services, I checked in and shelved library material, and I paged materials requested by patrons. I created displays based on the community’s needs and had weekly shifts on the help desk. I regularly volunteered for community support projects, such as working a library card booth at the public school open house, or participating in the homecoming parade.  I curated the exhibition “Keepers of the Collection” for the Ellen Buchanan Children Room in the fall of 2017, to highlight personal collections of librarians.

Technical Manager

Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI), University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.     

August 2017- May 2018

As the graduate assistant of the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) online journal, I act as the technical manager working to inclusively format the articles prior to publication, and act as a liaison between the editor, the authors, and the readers. I work with editing the HTML of previous issues, managing the journal’s Twitter account, and maintaining the listerv using MailChimp. I also created the Graduate Student Handbook for future technical editors and wrote a grant proposal to redesign our website.

Contributing Writer

Hack Library School

January 2017- May 2018

On Hack Library School, I wrote monthly articles and contributed to weekly blog posts about my professional and personal experiences as a graduate student, in order to help other students navigate their own programs. My articles focused on a range of topics, from tips on choosing classes, to mental health, to the benefits of interdisciplinary studies. Find my articles here.

Digital Preservation Lead

University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, Iowa City, IA.

May 2016- September 2017

In conjunction with the Iowa Digital Library and the collections department of the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, I scanned glass plate slides of scientific expeditions ranging from the 1890’s to the 1930’s. I worked with metadata regarding the slides on FileMakerPro, and I researched the history of the expeditions. I trained a team of volunteers on digitization techniques.

Editorial Assistant

The Iowa Review, Iowa City, IA.     

September 2014- January 2017

I analyzed 10+ short stories per week to find the best fit for our journal. I attended weekly meetings to discuss strengths and weaknesses of each promising submission.

Administrative Manager

Buzz Salon, Iowa City, IA.     

June 2013- May 2016

I managed digital schedules for 20 employees and led the front desk staff. I placed orders from vendors, managed our online store on our Squarespace website, and conducted weekly inventory. I acted as the primary resource for clients, helping them identify their service needs. I designed our wedding packages and created a luxury brochure with information about our hair and makeup services, and policies regarding weddings at Buzz.

Teaching Assistant

Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN.     

June 2010- August 2010

At Windom Spanish-English Dual Immersion School, I assisted Spanish-speaking kindergarteners in one-on-one tutoring to help improve their English speaking skills. I supervised grades K-5 during lunch and recess during their summer school program.

Education

Masters in Library & Information Science

Thesis on Diaries in Archives: Ethical Implications Awarded “Distinction”

Beta Phi Mu International Honors Society

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. Graduated: May 2018.

Bachelor of Arts in English & Theater

Creative Writing Certificate

Minor in Film Studies

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. Graduated: December 2014.

International Baccalaureate Certificate

Southwest High School, Minneapolis, MN. Graduated: June 2010.

Awards

2017

Departmental Tuition Scholarship, SLIS, University of Iowa.

2016

Joyce Hartford / Grace Wormer Tuition Scholarship, SLIS, University of Iowa.

2012-2014

Dean’s List, University of Iowa.

2010-2014

Wallin Tuition Scholarship, Wallin Education Partners

National Scholars Award, University of Iowa.