BIO

I was hired by the East Texas Research Center (ETRC) at Stephen F. Austin State University during my final semesters of grad school. In 2008, after completing my MA, I received a faculty position at the ETRC working as an archivist. In February 2010, I was appointed Assistant Director/Digital Archivist. At that time I was tasked with gaining control of the digital repository (now known as the East Texas Digital Archives & Collections). I soon found out completing that task would be easier said than done. My duties included the creation and implementation of workflows, guidelines, and policies for digital projects as well as managing and collecting digital assets and collections for the ETRC. I also assisted community members and other institutions with their digitization needs and questions. In April 2013, I took a job at the University of Dayton in Ohio. There I managed university records, special collections, rare books, and university memorabilia. This included creating policies and procedures as well as collecting, processing, and evaluating collections. During my tenure, I established a web archiving program and moved the University Libraries toward a digital preservation program. After five years, I realized it was time to return home. I took a job in Dallas-Fort Worth in the Genealogy, Local History, and Archives Unit in a public library. This job brought me full circle where I work to preserve the history of my home state.

 

MY EXPERIENCE

April 2018 - Present

GENEALOGY, LOCAL HISTORY, AND ARCHIVES UNIT, FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY, FORT WORTH, TX

Senior Librarian - Archivist

April 2013 - March 2018

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, DAYTON, OH

University Archivist & Special Collections Coordinator

2007 - 2013

EAST TEXAS RESEARCH CENTER, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY, NACOGDOCHES, TX

Assistant Director & Digital Archivist (Archivist II)
Archivist I
Library Associate

 

EDUCATION

MASTER OF ARTS, PUBLIC HISTORY, 2008

Stephen F. Austin State University
Thesis: “A Glimpse of Life in Nineteenth Century East Texas: Material Culture and the Durst-Taylor House”

BACHELOR OF ARTS, HISTORY, 2005

Stephen F. Austin State University
Minor: Anthropology/Archaeology

CERTIFICATES

Certified Archivist, Academy of Certified Archivists, 2014
Digital Archives Specialist, Society of American Archivists, 2014

 
 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

History Honors Society

PHI ALPHA THETA

Digital Archives Specialist Subcommittee, 2016-2019

SOCIETY OF AMERICAN ARCHIVIST

Council Member, 2015-2017

SOCIETY OF OHIO ARCHIVISTS

     

SOCIETY OF SOUTHWEST ARCHIVIST

 

LET’S CONNECT

 

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