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 https://www.ardenkirkland.com/work/wp-content/uploads/kalins-pdf/KirklandPortfolioHighlights201506.pdf

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

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

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

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

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

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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