Student & Alumni Showcases

Showcase Week 7: Erin Richter

ErinArea of Interest: Academic Librarianship, Special Libraries

Experience: Erin’s interest in librarianship began while she was working at the Poudre Public Library as an intern.  She was in charge of writing press releases, newsletters, and biographies for visiting authors, so she had little experience interacting with the other staff and patrons of the library.  Towards the end of her internship, she told her supervisor that she had a very positive experience working there and asked if she could shadow the other staff members to get an idea of what goes on in a library and what types of jobs are out there.  She had a very positive experience doing this and it solidified her decision to work in a library.  Her interest in history influenced her decision to apply for an internship at the Longmont Museum Archives where she helped process cookbook collections and old photos.

She currently volunteers in the library at the Denver Botanic Gardens and works at the Research Center at the Anderson Academic Commons.  In both of these positions, she has been able to transfer her classroom knowledge into experience.  At the AAC, she provides reference services and consultations with students who need help with research.  At the Botanic Gardens, she helps with cataloging books and movies donated as well as helping with any special projects.  While both working environments are rather different from one another,  she really enjoys working in both places.

For her second year of school, she will be focusing on gaining experience in collection development and library instruction. She will begin her practicum in the spring semester at CSU.  She is also currently working on a research project studying environmental sustainability in libraries.

If you would like to contact Erin to learn more about her background and experience her email is: meetmeinmontauk4@gmail.com.

Showcase Week 6: J. Todd Ford

fordphotoArea of Interest: Archives & Digital Libraries

Experience: Todd come to the archiving world with a pretty broad background. He has taught elementary school, been an Assistant Manager/ Inventory Control Specialist in a retail establishment, owned and operated his own Rare Book/ Out of Print bookshop both online and in a brick-and-mortar location, and worked as a Reference Assistant in the new Anderson Academic Commons. He feels each of these positions has taught him a skill that he will be using in his future career.

Currently, he is interning in the Archives at the University of Colorado Boulder where he works on various collections in all stages of the accession and processing stages. He trains other student workers on the skills he has already mastered while completing research for researchers and other patrons who request information of the archives. He is also establishing his own training program he can one day utilize to train his own student workers so they can successfully function in an archive.

He is also, as of the end of September, working in the Collections Department of History Colorado where he is working on a collection from the accession through the processing stages. Here, he is getting experience with Archivist Toolkit, Preservation of artifacts, long-term preservation of both black-and-white and color photographs, and the cataloging of books and other monographs in a museum setting.

Through his Linked-In page, he has become acquainted with archivists in other cities and has mentors back in his hometown of Atlanta and at the University of Texas- Arlington. He has remained active with both the student chapters of SAA and ASIS&T, and completed over 10 webinars on his own through numerous state, regional, and national organizations. Besides the student chapters of SAA and ASIS&T, he is a member of SGA (Society of Georgia Archivist), Society of Rocky Mountain Archivist (SRMA), and the Midwest Archivist Conference (MAC). Last month, he received the Student Scholarship to attend the SRMA Fall Conference on “Water Issues in Archives and Special Collections” at Colorado State University. 

Through the two Digital classes he has had here at DU, he has been able to work on the Pilot Program for the Digitization of the Kersey (Co) Museum, and is currently working in a group creating an exhibit on Meteorological Disasters for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and it is through these two projects he has had exposure to both CONTENTdm and Omeka.

He is always looking to gain more experience and learn new skills, so he hopes to be able to add to this list before he graduates in November of 2014.

If you would like to contact Todd to learn more about his experience and expertise, email him at: jtf3.dustudent@gmail.com.

Showcase Week 5: Josh Davies

Title: Technology Specialist and Website Administrator at the Morgridge College of Education

Basic Story: Josh began the design of the Morgridge Website in his Information Architecture class taught by Alex Martinez. Morgridge was in the midst of building a brand new website with an outside company. Alex Martinez, who teaches the IA class, tasked Katie Yashiro, Julia Blaze, and Josh with doing our own design for the Morgridge website. During said project we compiled extensive data from Usability Testing, Site Auditing, and  Stakeholder interviews. We then developed Site Maps and Wireframes using our data. All of this information and our designs were presented to Morgridge Faculty and Staff, including Dean Greg Anderson. Our design was so well received that Morgridge canceled the contract with the design firm and I was asked to build the website along with Alex Martinez. Alex and I built the site over the summer and when the release date came around I was asked to join the Morgridge staff as the new Website Administrator.

Advice: As an Information Scientist chances are you will not be programming, coding, or development. Nor will you be creating text, image, or video content. Our job is to make sure ALL content is displayed and organized in a manner which address the needs of website users, developers, and owners. This means you are the individual who brings the needs of the programmers, artists, users, and stakeholders together. You have to be able to understand the needs of all participants and then articulate those needs into a structure that will best suit those needs. You will become the users advocate and their voice.  You will have to understand what the purpose of the website is and how the “owners” want the site to function. You will also have to understand the limitations and restrictions that the programmers work within. To that end User Experience design (UX) and Information Architecture (IA) are your most important skill sets. You will rely heavily on communication skills to interact with individuals. You pair your ability to listen and deduct user needs with an intimate knowledge of web design to form the foundation for your websites.

Classes to take that will help you be like Josh:

  • Web Content Management: Understanding how content is organized, displayed and used on the internet is key to working with websites. The first site I built from the ground up was done in this class which covered HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and Content Management Systems.
  • Usability: An extensive class on Usability and User Centered Design. User Experience Design is an incredibly important skill for today’s Web Content Managers, Information Architects, and Web Developers. This class teaches individuals how to measure User needs and how to articulate those needs to project leaders and stakeholders.
  • Understanding the Info User: A basic class that defines how users interact with information. While not web design specific, it was a great starting point for explaining who individuals interact with information.
  • Digital Objects & Colletions: You need to understand all the different formats of digital media and how they work into the web world. This class was incredibly helpful in defining viable web content types and how they can be presented
  • Information Architecture: The architecture and design of a site is key to a good user experience. This class compiled many of the skills I learned in other classes into one grand project.

If you would like to reach out to Josh and learn more about his academic and professional experience, email him at: daviesjr11@gmail.com.

Portfolio: https://portfolio.du.edu/jdavies3
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joshua-davies/67/114/30

Showcase Week 4: Chris Coughlan

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Area of Interest: Web Content Management & Systems

Experience: Chris completed her practicum at the Community College of Aurora as a goal to gain experience in library and information systems, Megan Kinney and Chris set up the practicum to include work with their ILS (Koha) and web content management system (Drupal). Working with these systems helped her to better understand how a patron seeks and finds information. Chris now has a better understanding of usability and organization of websites.

Advice: Getting practical experience in these areas helped her to score a position as an information architect with Aten Design Group. Indeed, Chris is an inspiration to us all!

If you’d like to know more about my experiences, feel free to contact me at coughlan.christine@gmail.com.

Showcase Week 3: Lindsay Roberts

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Areas of interest–library instruction, reference, adult learners, academic libraries, user-centered design, online learning, educational technologies, usability, web content management, information architecture

Experience– In my first year of the MLIS program, I did a 2-credit service learning project at Denver Public Library’s Community Technology Center. I trained to give basic computer classes and one-on-one computer help. This helped me get a graduate teaching assistantship at Auraria Library, where I worked the Research Help desk and taught library instruction classes. As a result of working in an academic library, I got a job at Arapahoe Community College as a Reference Librarian. Even the smallest volunteer position can help build your skills and lead to other interesting work or contacts in the field.

You can contact Lindsay at lindsroberts@gmail.com

Showcase Week 2: Max Miller

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Spring 2013 Graduate

Interests: Digital Collections/Preservation, Archives

Experiences:

National Baseball Hall of Fame – Photo Archives Intern
I spent ten weeks in Cooperstown, New York as part of the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership working in the photo archives. Not only was I able to continue to develop library and digital photo/image skills, including metadata creation, post-production in Adobe Photoshop, and cataloging using collections management and ILS software, but I was introduced to a broad array of other activities that take place in museums. This included researching and developing a short program spotlighting two artifacts from the museum’s collections, researching and writing short pieces for the Hall of Fame website, and helping out with special events, including Hall of Fame Classic Weekend and Hall of Fame Induction Week. There were also plenty of opportunities for networking with alumni of the program and other professionals both in and out of baseball, and in our downtime we were able to travel a bit since it’s close to the major cities in the northeast.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science
I spent roughly two years helping René Payne, the Image Archivist at DMNS with several processing and digitization projects. Duties included processing of a couple of collections, including rehousing and description of the materials using museum-specific collections management software (first ARGUS and now KE Emu). I also digitized two collections which involved preparation of the materials (glass plate negatives, lantern slides, and various prints), scanning, post-production of access images, metadata creation (both embedded and for batch upload) and ingest of collections using Luna software. I also learned at least as much from the digitization workflows used in the department, as they are tailored to very different goals than what you learn in digitization courses at DU.

American Alpine Club Library
Under Elizabeth Surles the Digitization Archivist, I pursued a much more “traditional” archival experience for my practicum. I was responsible for processing a small collection (4-5 linear feet), which included rehousing, description according to DACS, and creation of a finding aid using the library’s new CollectiveAccess installation. I also did some work to help ensure that my description was compatible with EAD, and documented the use of the CollectiveAccess back end for future reference.

You can contact Max at miller.max@gmail.com

Student Showcases: Johanna Groh

Johanna Groh is a current LIS student and area of interest is in Music Librarianship and the majority of her experience at DU has been in archiving music and performance related material for the Central City Opera House. She also has had experience working in performance libraries such as the Colorado Symphony and The National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge.

A few LIS programs offer an elective course that allows you to explore music librarianship. However, to gain experience the student has to make/find their own opportunities (through course projects, practicum, volunteering, etc.), so Johanna did just that! She has been processing performance related materials from 1932-1976 from the Central City Opera House in the Archives Processing/Special Collections department for the DU University Libraries. This has been an educational experience that has allowed her to use her knowledge of music history and literature as well as utilizing skills from LIS courses.

If you’d like to get in touch with Johanna about her experiences with music librarianship, you can e-mail her at JoGroh5@gmail.com.

Johanna is just one of the many LIS students we will be showcasing throughout this year. We are still accepting applications, so if you would like to be like Johanna and have your experience showcased, please send an email to: asistdu@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Name
  • Area of interest (e.g. web content management, archives, school librarianship, etc.)
  • A short (3-5 sentences) description of your LIS experience/project, including why it was a positive experience.
  • An e-mail address where you can be contacted.
  • A photo of you (optional).

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