Portfolio Highlights

Portfolio Highlights

This gallery showcases my featured projects, organized in reverse chronological order.

  • use the tag cloud at the right or below to see examples of specific demonstrated skills
  • use the drop-down under the Portfolio navigation above to see other project types

You can view or download a PDF, with a detailed page for each of these highlights, at http://www.ardenkirkland.com/work/wp-content/uploads/kalins-pdf/KirklandPortfolioHighlights201506.pdf

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Design for Learning

As Project Coordinator for this IMLS-funded project, I am simultaneously an instructor, systems administrator, and team leader. I have the honor to work with a wonderful team that has included Dr. David Lankes, Mary-Carol Lindbloom, and Dr. Megan Oakleaf. This project … Continue reading



For this project I have developed prototypes, using Omeka, Shared Shelf, and ContentDM, for a digital collection of archival materials showing the history of women’s clothing in America. I am part of a working group that has been meeting since … Continue reading

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College Women

As a semester-long project for my MSLIS in the spring of 2015, I contributed recommendations for planning, marketing, and outcomes-based assessment for “College Women: The History of Women’s Education Digital Portal.” The course was IST613, “Planning, Marketing, and Assessing Library Services” … Continue reading

Vassar Digital Costume Project

Digital Artifacts at Vassar

For this project I developed online access to a research collection of historic clothing and related archival materials, most recently using Omeka. The project began in 2001 as an Excel spreadsheet, then was migrated to a Filemaker database that I … Continue reading


CDRS Internship

Over the summer of 2014, I was an intern at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) at Columbia University. This internship was focused on data recovery for the sciences and humanities, into Columbia’s institutional repository, Academic Commons. As … Continue reading

Capability Maturity Model for Research Data Management

Capability Maturity Model for Research Data Management

As a part of my work as a Faculty Research Assistant to Professor Jian Qin at the iSchool at Syracuse University, I edited and maintained a wiki, using XWiki,  for documentation of a Capability Maturity Model for Research Data Management … Continue reading

Object VRs

ObjectVRs (3D views)

Since 2009 I have worked with students at Vassar to create ObjectVRs of clothing from the Drama Department’s collection. This process involves mounting the garment on a mannequin, placing it on a large turntable, lighting it, and taking at least … Continue reading


Lesson Plan: Using Omeka to Make Connections Between Collections

This plan for an information literacy workshop is targeted for undergraduate students at a liberal arts college, and each part of the plan is mapped to the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, developed by the Association of College and Research … Continue reading


For Better and For Worse

“For Better and For Worse: Sixteen Decades of Wedding Wear at Vassar,” was held in the spring of 2013. The digital exhibition includes photographs from the exhibition, three-dimensional rotating views of featured objects (objectVRs), personal photographs and stories shared by Vassar community members, a video … Continue reading


Costume Core

This application profile builds on existing metadata standards to create a specification for cataloging and encoding historic clothing. The project includes a guide to element definitions, a crosswalk between existing standards, an XML schema based on VRA core, XML instance … Continue reading

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Using Omeka with Students

This series of three screencasts introduces some of the “why” and “how” of using Omeka as a platform for building digital collections with students. It was originally created to introduce other faculty and staff to Omeka, but I have since … Continue reading

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Digital Objects in the Classroom

In 2009, my team at Vassar received funding from the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) Instructional Innovation Fund to host a workshop on the subject of “Digital Objects in the Classroom.” As a part of this workshop, … Continue reading

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