Library and Information Science Portfolio

Library and Information Science Portfolio

This page highlights projects I have completed as a part of my coursework in pursuit of a Masters of Library and Information Science at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. I will complete the degree in May of 2015. I received my Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries in August of 2014.

a graphic logo of the text Costume Core

Development of a Metadata Application Profile

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 examples, and examples of implementation in ContentDM.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 1.13.32 AMCataloging / Metadata Examples

A project to explore the issues surrounding MARC cataloging for electronic files of 3D models created as scans of original artwork, and access to them in an integrated library, archive, and museum catalog.

additional examples:

RDA / MARC examples (2) –
CDWAlite examples (2) –
EAD example (with reflection) –

Examples of cataloging can also be found in my project (above) to develop a Metadata Application Profile (Costume Core), where several examples are cataloged both in XML and in ContentDM. I have also applied aspects of that application profile to projects at Vassar College and the Five College Consortium (in MA), where I have created guidelines for (and have supervised) undergraduate student cataloging work.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 1.09.43 AMContent Management Website Redesign Project

This project proposes a new way of structuring content for an existing website, using XML to store content and XSL to display content within a WordPress site. You can see the working pages in action, or view them as XML documents.

Strategy Report for

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This proposal outlines strategies to greatly improve the information architecture for an artist’s website, at The project included persona development, comparative analysis, blueprints, page description diagrams, wireframes, card-sorting, a content audit, content strategy, accessibility analysis, and a semi-functional prototype.

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 Libraries in 2000. While this workshop does include both technical work with the Omeka platform and content-based research, the main goal of this workshop is to help undergraduate students, faculty, and administrators be more aware of their own information literacy as both consumers and producers of information, by showing them how databases and digital exhibits are constructed with human labor and decision making, including respect for intellectual property.

Cultural Heritage PSI: The World Digital Library as a Case Study

This WordPress site examines the World Digital Library as an example of Public Sector Information (PSI) for cultural heritage.

an image of a color-coded tableStakeholders in the Orphan Works Debate

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This paper explores the perspectives of six of the stakeholders who provided their comments in response to the United States Copyright Office’s 2012 Notice of Inquiry regarding orphan works. These six associations represent the wide range of oppositional viewpoints on this issue. I developed a matrix to provide a quick comparison of where these six stakeholders stand on specific aspects of the orphan works debate, available as its own PDF and at the end of the paper.

wordpress-logo-notext-rgbWordPress experience

I have set up and maintained the following sites, ranging from self-hosted sites I installed myself to sites on multi-user systems installed by others, including Vassar and

. . . not to mention the site you’re in, and several others listed above!

logo-horizontal-288pxOmeka experience

I have installed, set up, and maintained the following sites using the Omeka platform for content management and web publishing:

You can also see an example in which I have taken an existing theme for Omeka and customized the functionality for media display, for displaying different metadata for different item types, and for displaying related items:

Blackboard_LogoMoodle / Blackboard Experience

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From 2005-2009 I set up and maintained a course site for a class at Vassar College. At first this was in the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS), and then Vassar switched to using Moodle for its LMS. This site provided students with access to digital images of slides used in class, generating HTML pages from Powerpoint presentations, as this was before the college adopted Luna as a system for Digital Asset Management.

an infographic which uses images of pies and cakes and icons of fruit or slices of pie.Research Pie Infographic (online interactive) (printable poster)

“Why have just a slice, when you can have the whole research pie?”
This infographic, built using Piktochart, uses a dessert metaphor to help explain the difference between primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.

Screencasts and Tutorials

This playlist of my screencasts and video tutorials on YouTube includes introductions to Omeka, ObjectVR photography (360 degree interactive views of objects), Wikimedia Commons, Collective Access, Greenstone, and Digital Clothing Suite.

Reflections on New Librarianship

This series of blog posts offers my reflections on the field of librarianship, at the moment that I was beginning to enter the field.

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