Research: Since graduating with my MLS with a concentration in Archives and Cultural Materials, I am currently the Library and Archives Curator at a historical society in NYC. As the only librarian on staff I oversee all operations of the library and archive. In addition to basic cataloging and processing work, I contribute to outside research projects by combing through our collections for relevant materials. Requests usually come from researchers writing a book, filming a documentary, or creating a digital project. This usually leads to digitizing the selected materials and providing metadata. Two of the most recent projects I contributed to was Maynooth University’s Letters of 1916 Digital Project and a documentary called ‘De Valera in America.’
Outreach: A very important part of my job is outreach. I collaborate with the Board and Executive Director on fundraising, programming, and exhibitions based around the Society and its collections. I also create and update content on our website (WordPress) and social media platforms and would be happy to work on outreach for this project.
Project Management: As the only librarian on staff, I am used to working on projects solo or with interns and volunteers. This has led me to become extremely organized and understand the importance of time management and creating project goals that will allow for completion (or a change of staff) after a semester.
Design: I feel that this is my weakest point. I do have prior experience with WordPress, Omeka, and other archival software, and minimal knowledge of CSS and HTML. Since starting my DH coursework, I have some experience with ArcGIS StoryMaps and Tableau Public. I am eager to learn more during this semester.