Master of Science, Information Sciences, University of Tennessee-Knoxville (2006)
Master of Arts, English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2004)
Bachelor of Arts, Double major in Japanese Studies and English, cum laude, Hope College (2001)


Hendrix College
Director of Faculty Instructional Technology Jul. 2014-Present

Leads the instructional technology efforts on campus. Manages the learning management system. Collaborates with faculty on course design and implementing technology. Acts as a resource for digital pedagogy.

Hendrix College
Fellow in Digital Humanities and Pedagogy Jul. 2012-Jun. 2014

Acts as a resource of discovery for best practices in digital humanities and elevates the visibility of teaching technology among faculty. Works with faculty on how they can best use technology in teaching and research. Teaches Introduction to Digital Humanities. Serves as a facilitator between faculty and IT staff.

Washington University in St. Louis
Digital Repository-Metadata Librarian Nov. 2011-Jun. 2012

Developed and co-led the Washington University digital repository and digital curation efforts. Managed the university’s digital repository. Advised on issues involving metadata and data management. Interfaced with the department of Systems and Operational Support. Collaborated on digital projects as needed.

Metadata Librarian II Nov. 2007-Oct. 2011

Managed faculty and library digital projects. Imaged archival materials. Created TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) document models. Customized middleware of DLXS, a digital publishing suite. Designed user interfaces. Established metadata guidelines. Advised on all issues involving metadata.

University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Digital Coordinator Aug. 2006-Apr. 2007

Managed IMLS National Leadership grant “From Pi Beta Phi to Arrowmont.” Successfully met grant deliverables within proposed timeframe. Supervised graduate assistants and student workers. Imaged archival materials. Designed project website.

Graduate and Digitization Assistant Aug. 2005-Aug. 2006

Imaged print and visual materials according to best practices and standards. Transcribed and encoded texts in TEI. Created Dublin Core files for image collections. Processed new material and managed the collection for the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Graduate Research Assistant Jan. 2003-Aug. 2003

Researched material for a book focused on gender identity. Edited a manuscript on romantic poetry. Designed a website for graduate student publications.


Web: Experience creating, editing, and maintaining web sites with HTML, CSS, Javascript, and web publishing platforms WordPress and Omeka. Experience using Google Analytics to track web traffic. Familiarity with HTML5.

XML and Data Exchange Formats: Experience creating, editing, parsing and manipulating XML documents using Oxygen, MarcEdit, XSLT, and Bash. Expertise in XML languages XSLT, XPath, and XQuery. Experience creating DTD’s and XSD’s. Familiarity with JSON.

Semantic Web and Metadata: Expertise in creating and crosswalking metadata using a number of metadata standards including TEI, METS, MODS, Dublin Core, EAD, MARC, and more. Experience with AACR2 and using controlled vocabularies/thesauri including LCSH, LCTGM, LCNAF, AAT, TGN, and others. Familiarity with FRBR principles and RDA. Experience developing ontologies and RDF data using Protégé and querying triples using SPARQL. Experience using exchange protocols including OAI-ORE and OAI-PMH.

Programming: Proficient in Python and Java. Understanding of data structures. Experience scripting automation and data manipulation using XSLT and Bash. Experience working in the UNIX command line interface and SSH. Experience using version control software including, GIT and Subversion. Experience using PHP and SQL. Basic knowledge of Ruby on Rails.

Digital Asset Management Systems: Expertise in using DLXS and Bepress Digital Commons. Experience using Fedora Commons. Experience working in LAMP-based environments. Basic understanding of Hydra Framework.

Digital Curation: Knowledge of OAIS model and best practices for building trusted digital repositories. Experience planning and leading digital curation efforts.

Media: Experience in imaging archival materials according to best practices. Experience editing digital assets using the Adobe Creative Suite.

Project Management: Expertise in all aspects of project management including building effective teams, creating use cases, outlining deliverables, managing networks of stakeholders, creating and maintaining documentation, training workers, successfully meeting deadlines, and assessing outcomes.

Grant Writing: Experience writing part of a successful IMLS National Leadership Grant and researching additional areas of the application for the Principal Investigator. Knowledge of identifying grants and creating strategies.

Publishing and Editing: Founded and manage Scintilla Press and Eduhacker. Editorial experience working on Scintilla, the Code4Lib Journal, and Prairie Schooner.

Selected Projects

The Treatment: Writing Medicine and Illness: The Treatment is an online publication edited by Heidi Julavits and published by Tyrone Jaeger through the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation. Initially, we considered creating a website and an eBook, but made the decision to create a responsive website instead, in order for the publication to display well on mobile devices. The site was created using HTML5, CSS3 and Sass based on the Bones WordPress theme. I created all of the images using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Read more about the design process here.

Eduhacker: In October 2012, I created a collaborative blog focused on technology use in education, libraries, and the digital humanities.

The St. Louis Freedom Suits: This is an IMLS funded project to digitize historic court records where slaves sued for their freedom. Advanced markup is involved to extend the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) in order to represent legal documents. Further, data is replicated in an ontology to demonstrate social connections through visualizations. A crowd-sourced component will allow users to submit data in order to fill in the gaps involving people’s history.

Open Scholarship: In 2009, Washington University moved from print to electronic submission and publication of theses and dissertations. I developed and managed the technical details involved with processing and delivering the theses and dissertations. We have now moved to a more robust and inclusive digital repository, which I develop and manage. Open Scholarship is a work in progress, but will contain a wide range of materials deemed to have merit across the community.

Urban Books: This is a faculty-based project, which I manage, that provides an indexed site of books as art objects. The professor, Jana Harper, teaches a course in book construction and the artwork is then deposited in the Washington University Special Collections. Soon we will migrate the collection to Omeka.

Finding Aids: In 2008, Washington University Libraries moved from delivering static PDF’s of finding aids online to delivering dynamic finding aids represented in EAD (Encoded Archival Description). I manage this project and worked with stakeholders to develop guidelines and training for encoding. In order to streamline work, we created an ingest schedule to re-index new and updated finding aids.

From Pi Beta Phi to Arrowmont: Funded through an IMLS National Leadership Grant, this project combines a wide range of materials into a site that provides access to historical objects as well as K-12 curriculum. We transcribed and encoded letters and diaries using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), as well as imaged photographs, magazines, and 3D objects.

World’s Fair Sheet Music: Part of what will be a larger collection involving transmission of data to the Sheet Music Consortiumand additional sub-collections, the World’s Fair Sheet Collection creates access to material from the Gaylord Music Library’s special collections. Data was output through the Libraries’ catalog and transformed into TEI. A further transformation made the data harvestable as OAI.

Unreal City: This project was collaboration with the Missouri History Museum to digitize and encode historic fire insurance maps of St. Louis, as well as city directories. In an experimental component, maps were then geo-referenced using Arc-GIS and delivered through Esri Geoportal server. We have found that companies doing redevelopment in areas of St. Louis have used the maps to identify possible contamination and brownfields. The project may be accessed through this link:.

Presentations and Workshops

“Teaching with Teleconference.” Hendrix College, 2012, Conway, AR.

“Twitter 201: Writers Workshop.” Washington University, 2012; St. Louis, MO.

“Introduction to UNIX.” Washington University Libraries, 2012; St. Louis, MO.

“DLXS Delivery of Finding Aids.” Washington University Libraries, 2012; St. Louis, MO.

“Choose Your Own Adventure.” StudioSTL, 2011; St. Louis, MO.

“Scripting with XSLT.” Washington University Libraries, 2011; St. Louis, MO.

“Introduction to XML.” Missouri Library Network Corporation, 2010; Columbia, MO.

“Introduction to TEI.” Washington University Libraries, 2010; St. Louis, MO.

“To XML and Back: Introduction to XML.” Association of Moving Image Archivists, 2009; St. Louis, MO.

“Privacy and Social Media.” Washington University Libraries, 2009; St. Louis.

“XML à la Carte.” St. Louis Digitization Group, 2009; St. Louis, MO.

“Metadata Matters.” Humanities Digital Workshop Summer Institute, 2008; St. Louis, MO.

“Being user-oriented: Convergences, divergences, and the potentials for systematic dialogue between disciplines and between researchers, designers and providers.” American Society for Information Science & Technology, 2006; Austin, TX.


Technologies of Text, Spring 2014. 200-level introductory digital humanities course taught at Hendrix College.


Please see my publications page.


ACS Blended Learning Course Redesign, faculty development grant awarded by the Associated Colleges of the South. The grant development was led by colleagues at Rollins College. 2014.

St. Louis Freedom Suits Legal Encoding Project, $376,426 IMLS National Leadership Grant. The project is described above or you may view it on the web. 2009.

Professional Development


UAMS Teaching with Technology Symposium, July 2014, Little Rock, AR (presenter)
AWP, Feb. 2014, Seattle WA
ACS CIO/Instructional Tech Meeting, Nov. 2013, Rollins College
UAMS Teaching with Technology Symposium, July 2013, Little Rock, AR
ACS Teaching and Learning Meeting, Mar. 2013, Spelman College
UAMS Teaching with Technology Symposium, July 2012, Little Rock, AR
Code4Lib National Conference, Feb. 2012, Seattle, WA
AMIA Conference, Nov. 2009, St. Louis, MO
Missouri Digitization Conference, Mar. 2009, Independence, MO
The Emerging Research Library: Our Role in the Digital Future, Mar. 2008, Oklahoma City, OK
Digital Library Federation Fall Forum, Nov. 2006, Boston MA
American Library Association Conference, Aug. 2006, New Orleans, LA

Workshops and Classes
Foundations of Computer Science, Fall 2012, Hendrix College, Conway, AR
Advanced UNIX: Script Files, May 2011, St. Louis, MO
Intermediate Commands of UNIX, Apr. 2011, St. Louis, MO
Hydracamp, Oct. 2010, Minneapolis, MN
Advanced Applications of SQL, May 2010, St. Louis, MO
Intermediate Applications of PHP, May 2010, St. Louis, MO
Intermediate Applications of SQL, Apr. 2010, St. Louis, MO
WWP Advanced TEI Workshop, Sept. 2009, Santa Barbara, CA
Grant Writing for Digitization and Preservation Projects, Dec. 2008, St. Louis, MO
Digital Preservation Management – ICPSR, Oct. 2008, Ann Arbor, MI
DLXS Workshop, Aug. 2008, Ann Arbor, MI
Intro to PHP, Apr. 2008, St. Louis, MO
Intro to SQL, Apr. 2008, St. Louis, MO
Image Capture Quality Control, Jan. 2008, St. Louis, MO
Creating and Maintaining Metadata Using ArcGIS Desktop, Jan. 2008, St. Louis, MO
Data Transformation with XSLT, Jan. 2008, Austin, TX


Crossings Committee (Member) 2012-Present
Library Advisory Board, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Member) 2010-2012
Editorial Committee, Code4Lib Journal (Member) 2010-2012
Digital Curation Subcommittee (Chair) 2010-2012
Digital Curation Subcommittee (Member) 2008-2010
Metadata Subcommittee (Chair) 2007-2012
Web 2.0 Committee (Member) 2011-2012
Resource Discovery Task Force (Member) 2011-2012
Global Information Systems (Member) 2007-2012
StudioSTL (Mentor) 2010-Present
Legal Documents Editor Search Committee (Member) 2010
Circulation Librarian Search Committee (Member) 2010
Interlibrary Loan Librarian Search Committee (Member) 2010
E-Learning Librarian Search Committee (Member) 2011




Pushcart Nomination for Nonfiction (2009)
University of Tennessee Graduate Assistantship
Marie Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award for Short Fiction, 2nd Prize (2003)
University of Nebraska Research Assistantship
Graduate Nonresident Student Fellowship (Nebraska)
Eagle Scout