EDUCATION

 

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) | Completed Aug. 2015

University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Cumulative GPA:  3.167    

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Humanities, Minor in History | Completed Dec. 2013

University of Pittsburgh, College of General Studies | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Cumulative GPA:  3.560/4.0 (summa cum laude)

Humanities Coursework (Prerequisites) | 2006 – 2010 

Community College of Allegheny County | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

EXPERIENCE

Private Collections & Archives Contractor

Sep 2016 – Present

  • Freelance contract work involving genealogical research and documentation

  • Digital preservation of still and moving image photographic materials

  • Creating a detailed catalog listing bibliographic records for 1,428 individual items as part of a proposal to establish a research library in a Pittsburgh based non-profit institution

 

Senator John Heinz History Center: Smithsonian Institution affiliate

Volunteer Contract, 102 hours total (Pittsburgh, PA)

April 2017  Sept 2017

  • Position in the museum’s library focusing on recently accessioned books, media and objects

  • Organizing and creating MARC catalog records for the online catalog

Office ManagerArchive of European Integration Open Access Digitization Project 

University of Pittsburgh: Hillman Library, Pittsburgh, PA

Aug. 2015 – Aug. 2016                                                     

  • Prepared European Union “government documents” for digitization and uploading onto the AEI website

    • Disbinded documents

    • Scanned documents into PDF files

    • Checked documents for scanning mistakes

    • Entered bookmarks

    • Performed data entry on the Archive site in preparation for uploading documents 

  • Oversaw and delegated tasks for 3-4 employees

  • Participated in the specified activities while supervising student workers

 

MLIS Partners Program Internship (Paid) | Children’s Institute Medical Library, Pittsburgh, PA

MLIS Partners Program Internship

Aug. 2014 – Aug. 2015  (10-14 hours/week)                                                                            

  • Evaluated electronic and print resources to determine appropriateness for customer and organization needs

  • Processed, routed, performed serial claims for subscription journals and magazines

  • Fulfilled interlibrary loan requests for full-text articles and other materials

  • Coordinated with librarian to recommend, plan, and deliver appropriate training/education sessions to support customers in the areas of information literacy, research skills, Internet resources, databases, social networking sites and print materials

  • Maintained customer/family-focused environment/access to information resources

  • Re-shelved books, filed, copied, and maintained the archival collection

  • Acted as Interim Medical Librarian awaiting new hire

 

Volunteer (150+ hours) | Mt. Lebanon Library Book Cellar, Mt. Lebanon, PA

Jul. 2011 – Aug. 2014

  • Sorted, researched, priced, shelved books, DVDs, CD donation for resale in the brick and mortar store                                                                                 

  • Assisted with special events

Sales Associate The Pittsburgh Popcorn Co., Pittsburgh, PA

South Hills Village Mall Food Court (2013 seasonal)

  • Prepared/packaged popcorn • Interacted with customers

  • Handled cash/credit/debit card transactions

  • Restocked inventory • General facility upkeep

                               

Academic Intern (120 hours) | Mt. Lebanon Library Book Cellar, Mt. Lebanon, PA

Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania (Jan. - May 2012)

  • Sorted, priced, maintained and disseminated book donations

  • Researched old/rare books for online listing/inventory

  • Initiated/implemented a mutually profitable collaboration with local bookseller

PRESENTATIONS
  • Pittsburgh’s Chinatown:  1900 – 2009

  • Pittsburgh’s Chinatown Northeast Regional Honors Conference

  • Pittsburgh’s Chinatown CCAC Student Recognition Symposium (Spring 2010)

HONORS/AWARDS

Scholarship Recipient | University of Pittsburgh 

  • School of Information Sciences (Fall 2014)

Dean's Honor List | University of Pittsburgh 

  • College of General Studies (2011 - 2013)    

Dean's List | Community College of Allegeny County

  • Six consecutive semesters (2006 - 2010)

MEMBERSHIPS/ASSOCIATIONS

American Library Association

Professional Association (Aug. 2014 - Present

Pennsylvania Library Association

Professional Association (Aug. 2014 - Present

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society 

Alpha Chi Chapter: University of Pittsburgh (Fall 2013)

Golden Key International Honour Society 

University of Pittsburgh Chapter (2011 - 2013)

Honors Program Leadership I and II

University of Pittsburgh (2007 - 2010)   ​

Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society

Community College of Allegheny County Chapter (Aug. 2007)  

          

VOLUNTEER WORK

Habitat for Humanity | Washington, PA (2010)

  • Vine Street site: excavating foundation

  • Offices and resale store: renovation of site for new location

 

Asbury Heights Retirement Home | Mt. Lebanon, PA (2009)

  • Service Learning Project

  • Provided companionship and emotional support

  • Assistance with activities and services 

 

Honors Program Volunteer Initiatives (CCAC South Campus) 

  • Pink Feet Walkathon (2007- 2008)

  • Food for Thought Campaign (2009)

 

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (CCAC South Campus)

  • Voting Incentive Campaign (2008 - 2009)

 

 

SOFTWARE SKILLS

  • Specialized expertise with online databases and software: PubMed, EBSCO, Mendeley

  • MS Office, Follett Destiny Library Manager, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Epson Scan Software, Canon Scan Software, iMovie Editing

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