Archives

Elected as chair of the Nominating Committee during the Society of American Archivists’ 2017 national election.

Appointed to the Documenting the Now advisory board, a two-year project funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation to develop an open source Web application that will preserve social media  messages for archivists, researchers, journalists, and educators.

Chosen to participate in the Archives Leadership Institute 2015 cohort. The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), that provides advanced training for 25 archival leaders each year, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the profession in practice, theory and attitude.

Managed a 2014 grant-funded project in the University of Kentucky’s Special Collections Research Center in which students used archival manuscripts, photos, oral histories and government data to create a multimedia narrative documenting immigrants in Appalachia.

Presented at South by Southwest in 2013 on grassroots activism on Twitter as it pertains to archivists, librarians, teachers and journalists.

Digitized and enhanced existing metadata for sketches that were published in Jim Henson’s Red Book and additionally curated for a national traveling exhibit.


Libraries

Invited to present the opening keynote at the 2017 Digital Frontiers conference at the University of North Texas at Denton.

Invited to present the opening keynote at the 2016 Digital Library Federation Forum in Milwaukee, Wis.

In early 2012, piloted and oversaw a project to circulate iPads at the Countway Library. Researched iPad circulation at comparable libraries, in addition to its use at public libraries; crafted a proposal for my supervisors about the iPad’s use in the library, specifically its possibilities for our medically-minded patron base; worked with the technical services department to create the catalog record; researched e-textbook recommendations for the Collections Development department; collaborated with the IT department on software testing and standardizing privacy procedures; developed, administered, and analyzed data on a patron-use survey, which ran for five months; and referred recommendations to library administrators on future use, loan terms, and iPad acquisitions. As a result of the pilot, the library acquired more iPads.

Chosen as a 2010-2011 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar.


Journalism

Researched archival content and designed multimedia content for publication throughout The Nation’s 150th anniversary (2014-2016).

Won a Herman G. Kogan Media Award from the Chicago Bar Association in 2006 for this article, which was part of a Chicago Reporter series on immigration.

Received Gold and Bronze awards, respectively, for Overall Headline Writing (as part of Modern Healthcare’s copy desk) from the American Society of Business Publication Editors2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 National Editorial Awards.


Essays

Nights a DJ Changed My Life

On Pain

If Harrison Ford Were Your Boyfriend

The Last Book I Loved: Brown Girl, Brownstones