Professional Archives Experience

My professional experience in archives includes the following:


Nov. 2012-Present (full-time, paid)
Wright State University, Special Collections & Archives (Dayton, OH)
Archivist for Digital Initiatives & Outreach

  • Promote SC&A’s resources by expanding online presence through a variety of digital initiatives, including social media, website content enhancement, and development and management of departmental digitization projects.
  • Participate in SC&A outreach activities such as exhibits, tours, and presentations.
  • Assist with organization and preservation of Archives’ electronic (born digital) collections.
  • Represent SC&A on the University Libraries’ web team.

Aug. 2008-Oct. 2012 (4 years, 3 mos.; full-time, paid)
Dayton Metro Library (Dayton, OH)
Reference Librarian (Archives emphasis), Magazines and Special Collections

  • Provide local history reference service in person, by mail/email, and by phone.
  • Arrange and describe archival collections and address related preservation issues.
  • Plan and implement digitization projects, including use of CONTENTdm. (View DML digital collections.)
  • Repair and preserve historical materials using safe, archival procedures.
  • Instruct patrons in the use of local history and genealogical resources, including developing and leading programs.

Learn more about my work at the Dayton Metro Library.


Nov. 2006-Aug. 2008 (1 year, 9 mos.; part-time, paid)
Greene County Public Library (Xenia, OH)
Local History Associate, Greene County Room

  • Provided local history and genealogy reference service in person, by mail/email, and by phone.
  • Edited and proofed indices of recently digitized vital records dockets, using CONTENTdm. (View GCPL digital collections.)
  • Checked in new books; updated obituary index files; edited and proofed new indices of books.
  • Designed, created, and implemented a Microsoft Access database to track queries, responses, and billing.
  • Created a mashup using Google Maps to mark the locations of cemeteries throughout the county (view map).

I did hold this position while still a graduate student; however, I consider it professional experience because, typically, the position was held by individuals who had already completed the M.A. Public History degree. (I believe my prior experience with conducting genealogical research was a significant factor in my being offered the position while still an M.A. student.)


This page was last edited on January 17, 2013.

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