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Authors and Participants

Developers and Editors:

Group Leaders:

Many valued people have contributed to the project and include the following:

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Anan Ameri, Arab American National Museum Anan Ameri, director of the Arab American National Museum, lived in Jerusalem, Jordan, and Lebanon before coming to the Detroit area. Anan obtained her doctorate from Wayne State University and briefly taught at the university level. (aameri@accesscommunity.org) OHDA Works Case Study: Why Oral History Matters: The Experience of the Arab American National Museum, …

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Erin Bell Erin Bell lives and work in Cleveland, Ohio. He does public history, project management,  metadata & cataloging, and educational technology coordination; but mostly he works on web development. OHDO Works Oral History Curation in the Digital Age:  A Framework for Choices and Planning, Michael Frisch, Douglas Lambert, Mark Tebeau, and Erin Bell Tweet

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Doug Boyd, University of Kentucky Doug Boyd serves as the Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries and is a recognized national leader regarding oral history, archives and digitaltechnologies.  Most recently, Boyd led the team that envisioned, designed and implemented the open source OHMS system thatsynchronizes text with audio and video …

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Brooke Bryan


Brooke Bryan, Antioch College Brooke Bryan is a phenomenologist with an audio recorder, or in other words, an oral history methodologist immersed in ontological philosophy. Ever enchanted with the nuances of daily lived experience, she never leaves home without her audio recorder. As a faculty member in Antioch College’s Cooperative Education program, she teaches interview methodology for engaged …

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Peggy A. Bulger Peggy A. Bulger was the director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the second person to hold that position since the U.S. Congress created the Center in 1976. A native of New York State, she holds a B.A. in fine arts from the State University of New York at …

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Steve Cherry is the Electronic Services Librarian at the Catholic University of America.He received his masters degree from the University of Michigan School of Information in 2011 where he studied archiving, digital and audiovisual preservation, and user interface design. As an intern at Matrix, Steve did extensive work on the OHDA project including developing the …

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Brendan Coates Brendan Coates is a graduate student at The University of Michigan’s School of Information, cataloger, and digital audio-video specialist. OHDA Works File Naming in the Digital Age, Dean Rehberger and Brendan Coates   Tweet

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Steve Cohen, Michigan State University Professor Steve Cohen is a cognitive psychologist specializing in assessment of media and technology-based learning environments. He is currently at Michigan State University, doing research and assessment on the design and use of technologies for the social sciences and humanities. Over the past five years he has directed assessments for …

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Sophie Cooper


Sophie Cooper Sophie Cooper holds an MA in Oral History from Columbia University, where she focused on issues of social justice amidst the backdrop of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Her work has included a community history of Judson Memorial, exploring the social and political dynamics of the church, as well as several short documentary features …

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Jennifer Abraham Cramer,  Louisiana State University  Jennifer Abraham Cramer is the Director of Louisiana State University’s T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History (http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/williams/), where she manages multiple ongoing staff and partner projects and oversees the processing, preservation, digitization, and public access of the Center’s 4,000 hours of audio recordings.  She has been involved in the Oral …

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Sarah Cunningham, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum Sarah Cunningham is the Audiovisual Archivist for the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library where she is responsible for digitization projects, the preservation and transfer of vintage audiotapes, system upgrades, the storage of information and digital delivery. She developed a curriculum and teaches two courses in Audio …

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C. Kurt Dewhurst, Michigan State University C. Kurt Dewhurst, Ph.D., serves as the Director of Arts and Cultural Initiatives and Senior Fellow, University Outreach & Engagement; Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Michigan State University Museum and Professor of English at Michigan State University.  A founder of the folk and traditional arts programs …

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Jack Dougherty Jack Dougherty is an associate professor of educational studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where he specializes in the history and policy of cities, suburbs, and schooling. His oral history work led to the publication of More Than One Struggle: The Evolution of Black School Reform in Milwaukee (UNC Press, 2004) and an NEH-funded …

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Shanna Farrell


Shanna Farrell  Shanna Farrell holds an MA in Oral History from Columbia University, where she focused on environmental justice issues in communities impacted by water pollution. Her work has included a community history of the Hudson River, examining the local politics of “Superfunding” the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York, and a landscape study of a …

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Michael Frisch, University at Buffalo, SUNY Michael Frisch is Professor of History & American Studies/ Senior Research Scholar at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He is an American social and urban historian involved for many years in oral and public history projects, often in collaboration with community history organizations, museums, and documentary filmmakers. Frisch is the …

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Janet C. Gilmore, University of Wisconsin-Madison Janet C. Gilmore is Associate Professor of Folklore and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since joining the faculty in 2003, her academic program has integrated two prior decades of independent contract and public folklore work with arts and historical organizations mainly in the Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest. A …

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Nancy Groce, American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress  Nancy Groce is Senior Folklife Specialist, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress  OHDA Works Case Study: Designing a National Online Oral History Collecting Initiative: The Occupational Folklore Project at the American Folklife Center, Nancy Groce & Bert Lyons Designing a National Online Oral History Collecting …

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Sheldon Halpern, Albany Law School Sheldon W. Halpern holds the Hon. Harold R. Tyler Jr Chair in Law & Technology at Albany Law School; he had previously been at the Moritz College of Law of The Ohio State University, where he was the C. William O’Neill Professor of Law and Judicial Administration. In addition to being …

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Charles Hardy III, West Chester University Charles Hardy III, a professor of history at West Chester University, began his work in oral history in the late 1970s. The producer of award-winning radio, video, and web-based documentaries, he received the Oral History Association Biennial Nonprint Media award in 1999 for I Can Almost See the Lights of …

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Joanna Hay Joanna Hay is an award winning filmmaker, independent arts consultant and community scholar, whose work is anchored in oral history.  Her film “Quest for the Perfect Bourbon” won a 2011 award from the Oral History Association, a Kentucky History Award and a Kentucky Travel award.  “Song of the Birds,” a film about Beaux Arts Trio cellist …

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Erin M. Hess Erin M. Hess, Louisiana State University Erin Hess is the Editor and Manuscripts Processor for the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, part of LSU Libraries Special Collections. With the Williams Center, Erin is primarily responsible for preparing oral history interview collections for deposit into Special Collections, where they are made …

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Lauren Kata Archivist Lauren Kata works in collections management, preservation digitization and digital access. Her practical research is in developing best practices and guidelines for describing, preserving, and providing access to oral history, and she currently serves as co-chair of the Oral History Association’s Metadata Task Force. Oral history has been an interest and passion …

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Peter B. Kaufman, Intelligent Television Peter B. Kaufman is President and Executive Producer of Intelligent Television (www.intelligenttelevision.com) and the Intelligent Channel (www.youtube.com/intelligentchannel).  He previously served as Associate Director of Columbia University?s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (ccnmtl.columbia.edu/).  Educated at Cornell and Columbia, he is the author of numerous articles on media and education and …

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Robin Kilgo  Robin Bauer Kilgo has a B.A. in anthropology and an M.A. in history, concentrating in pubic history and historic administration, from Florida State University.  She also earned a graduate certificate in museum studies specializing in collections management and collections care from George Washington University.  Ms. Kilgo previously worked as an archaeological technician for …

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Kristen La Follette


Kristen La Follette Kristen La Follette is a recent graduate of the Oral History MA program at Columbia University. Her work includes her thesis, entitled “A Glimpse Through the Curtain: Monologues of American Catholic Sisters,” for which she recorded the life stories of Catholic nuns. La Follette drew monologues from the interviews and created a …

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Doug Lambert  Doug Lambert is director of technology and a project manager for Randforce Associates, an oral history multi-media consulting firm. He has worked closely on over 30 audio/video content management projects in the strategic implementation of digital age tools for projects large and small. Doug has taught fundamental concepts of audio/video annotation and indexing in …

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Mary Larson Mary Larson currently (2011-2013) serves as the president of the Oral History Association (OHA) and has been a practicing oral historian for over two decades. She is the Doris Neustadt Professor of Library Service and the Head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University, having moved there after working …

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Howard Levin Howard Levin is Director of Educational Innovation at Schools of the Sacred Heart – San Francisco, formerly Director of Technology at The Urban School of San Francisco. Previously he served as History chair and teacher at the Overlake School of Redmond, WA, as well as Assistant Head of the Jewish Day School in …

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Anna Levy Anna Levy has just completed her MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on human rights in economic and political development. Anna simultaneously pursued academic and practical study of oral history in these contexts.  She is working towards increasing the role of oral history and narratives of vulnerable …

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Timothy Lloyd, Ohio State University Timothy Lloyd has served as the executive director of the American Folklore Society since 2001. His office is located at The Ohio State University in Columbus, where he also serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of English. Before coming to the Society, Lloyd served as executive director of Cityfolk, a nationally …

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Elizabeth Lowman  Elizabeth Lowman received her BA in History and Political Science at the University of Tampa in the Honors Program.  She went on to receive her MA in History with a graduate minor in Public Administration from the University of North Florida.  Elizabeth worked two years as Dr. Daniel Schafer’s personal research assistant contributing to www.floridahistoryonline.com and …

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Betram Lyons – American Folklife Center, Library of Congress Bertram Lyons, certified archivist, works as a folklife specialist and digital assets manager with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Since 2002, he has served as archivist (and now consulting archivist) at the Alan Lomax Archive / Association for Cultural …

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Marsha L. MacDowell, Michigan State University MARSHA L. MACDOWELL is curator, Michigan State University Museum and professor, art, art history and design and curator, MSU. In that capacity she serves as a core member of Museum Studies faculty, the coordinator of the Michigan Traditional Arts Program (a statewide arts partnership with Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural …

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Nancy MacKay, San Jose State University Nancy MacKay has spent her career straddling the line between library science and oral history. She has a wide range of experience as an oral historian, most recently as the co-founder and coordinatoron the Oakland Living History Program from 2001-2012. She frequently writes, teaches, consults, and speaks about oral history. …

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Elinor Mazé  OHDA Works Case Study: Baylor Institute for Oral History, Elinor Mazé Metadata: Best Practices for Oral History Access and Preservation, Elinor A. Mazé Tweet

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Paul McCoy Paul grew up in Burkesville, Kentucky (pop. 1200) and attended Western Kentucky University where he received a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Folk Studies. Between degrees he regularly toured and recorded as a bass player with several Americana and Bluegrass artists including Tim Krekel, Pat Haney, and Curtis Burch of New …

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Sarah Milligan   Sarah Milligan has been the administrator for the Kentucky Oral History Commission since June 2007. She has a master’s degree in folk studies from Western Kentucky University’s Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology and worked as a folklife specialist for the Kentucky Folklife Program before joining the Commission. During her time with …

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Cyns Nelson Cyns Nelson manages the Maria Rogers Oral History Program at the Carnegie Library for Local History in Boulder, Colorado. Cyns is a professional librarian with experience guiding, consulting on, and contributing to oral-history projects throughout Colorado. She continues to teach regional and national oral-history workshops, including for the Veterans History Project of the …

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John Neuenschwander John A. Neuenschwander is a Professor of History at Carthage College and the Municipal Judge for the City of Kenosha, Wisconsin. He earned his Ph.D. in history from Case Western Reserve University and his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. OHDA Works Major Legal Challenges Facing Oral History In The Digital Age, …

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Juliana Nykolaiszyn Juliana Nykolaiszyn joined the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the Oklahoma State University Library in May 2007. From interviewing narrators to processing oral history collections, Juliana’s work involves not only the creation but preservation and online access of oral histories. She serves as an interviewer on several oral history projects including the Inductees …

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Brian O’Hagan  OHDA Works  Possibilities for Oral History in Higher Education (Thinking Big Video)   Tweet

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Douglas W. Oard, University of Maryland Douglas W. Oard is an expert in the design and evaluation of search technology.  He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland (College Park, MD), and Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rice University (Houston, TX). His research interests center around the use …

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Claire Payton  Claire Antone Payton is a graduate student in the History Department at Duke University, where she focuses on Haitian history. OHDA Works Case Study: Minding Our Manners”: The Haiti Memory Project and the Novice Oral Historian,  Claire Payton Tweet

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Scott Pennington Scott Pennington OHDA Works The Preservation of Analog Video through Digitization, Scott Pennington Video Equipment: Guide to Selecting and Use, Scott Pennington Tweet

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Jody Perkins  Jody Perkins is Metadata and Digital Initiatives Librarian in the Center for Digital Scholarship at Miami University. She began her career in Librarianship at the Akron Art Museum, co-authoring and coordinating an Ameritech Grant funded digital library project. She has served as co-chair of the OhioLink Database Management Steering Committee, Digital Media Center …

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Sara Abdmishani Price  Sara Abdmishani Price is the Collection Coordinator at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.  She received her MLS from the University of Kentucky in 2009.  Sara has worked with the Special Collections at UK since 2007 when she began as a graduate assistant in the Archives. …

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Brad Rakerd, Michigan State University Brad Rakerd is currently a Professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.  He is a former Chairperson of that department and a former Director of its Oyer Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.  Dr. Rakerd’s research interests include spatial hearing, hearing disorders, hearing aid fitting, and the perception of speech. He …

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Troy Reeves, University of Wisconsin Since June 2007 Troy Reeves has led the oral history program at UW-Madison.  From 1999-2006 he directed the Idaho Oral History Center in Boise. In both of those positions, Reeves has overseen the key components of managing an oral history program—collecting and curating oral history recordings, as well as communicating …

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Dean Rehberger, Michigan State University Dean Rehberger is Director of MATRIX, a digital humanities center, at Michigan State University, specializes in both developing online research applications and educational resources for Web, including the impact of the Internet on culture, the uses of Internet technologies for research and in the classroom, the use of high performance computing for the analysis …

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Marie Scatena   Marie Scatena facilitated an Oral History Workshop and taught a Fieldwork:  Production, Documentation and Archiving Course in the Oral History Master’s Program at Columbia University in 2011-2012, and in Spring 2010. The Fieldwork course emphasizes collaboration, reciprocity, public presentation of work in various formats, the public(s) and ethics.   Recent MA theses  advised include; …

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Michael Sesling OHDA Works Case Study: Transcripts, Time-Coding, and You, Michael Sesling Tweet

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Daniel Sheehy  Daniel Sheehy served as Director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts 1992-2000 and staff ethnomusicologist and Assistant Director, 1978-1992. Dr. Sheehy directed the National Heritage Fellowship awards and grants programs of $4 million annually for projects in the folk and traditional arts across the United States and its …

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Linda Shopes, Carlisle, PA Linda Shopes currently  works as a freelance editor and consultant in oral and public history.  She  has more than three decades of experience in oral history, planning projects,  doing interviews and training interviewers, addressing ethical issues including  IRB review of oral history, and thinking about the meaning of what we learn …

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Candace Simpson  Candace Simpson  conducted interviews as an undergraduate researcher for the Cities Suburbs and Schools Project at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in educational studies in 2012. Tweet

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Janneken Smucker, West Chester University Janneken Smucker is Assistant Professor of History at West Chester University where she specializes in digital history, public history, and American material culture. In the college classroom, she integrates technology and the humanities, working with her students to create websites, blogs, podcasts, digital archives, and online exhibitions, including the award-winning Goin’ …

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Sady Sullivan  Sady Sullivan is Director of Oral History at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS). BHS’s oral history collections began in 1973 with the Puerto Rican Oral History Project, 1973-1976 and include interviews with narrators born as early as 1890. The collections currently contain over 840 interviews conducted in English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin; over 500 interviews have …

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Mark Tebeau  OHDA Works Case Study: “Visualizing Oral History,” Mark Tebeau Oral History Curation in the Digital Age:  A Framework for Choices and Planning, Michael Frisch, Douglas Lambert, Mark Tebeau and Erin Bell Tweet

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Kara Van Malssen  OHDA Works Digital Video Preservation and Oral History,  Kara Van Malssen Video Preservation and Oral History (Thinking Big Video) Tweet

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Jaycie Vos Jaycie Vos is an archivist and the Coordinator of Collections for the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she works with faculty, students, archivists, activists, and all areas of southern community to preserve and share the South’s rich history. She earned her Master’s in Library …

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Anna Wada Anna Wada is a MA candidates in the public humanities program at Brown University, scheduled to graduate in May 2013, and is a student in the Oral History and Community Memory class that created the “Reservoir of Memories” project. She is interested in thinking about creative ways to bring archival materials out to the public …

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Robert Warren, Illinois State Museum Robert Warren is a Curator of Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. With a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, most of his research career has focused on American archaeology. His interests expanded in 2007 when he received an IMLS National Leadership Grant to develop oral-history interviews documenting …

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Nate Weisenberg Nate Weisenberg is a MA candidates in the public humanities program at Brown University, scheduled to graduate in May 2013, and is a student in the Oral History and Community Memory class that created the “Reservoir of Memories” project. He is interested in how we can use oral history and place to talk about history and human …

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Glenn Whitman Glenn Whitman  is author of Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards through Oral History. His work with students was also featured in The Oxford Handbook on Oral History and Training the Next Generation of Oral Historians OHDA Works Case Study: Oral History in the Classroom, Glenn Whitman Tweet

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Becky Yoose Becky Yoose is currently the Systems Librarian at Grinnell College. Her responsibilities include overseeing various library and library-related technology implementations. Before then she was the Bibliographic Systems Librarian at the Miami University Libraries, where she was responsible for implementing and maintaining various technologies and applications utilized in the Technical Services department. She earned …

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