Education and Qualifications

  • 2007 & Master of Library and Information Science & Wayne State University
  • 2004 & Bachelor of Arts Political Science, Minor in History & University of Michigan-Dearborn

Professional Expertise

Digital Assets Librarian

York University, 2012-present

  • Ensures efficient administration and provides day-to-day management and development of digital initiatives at York University Libraries
  • Provide leadership in the creation and preservation of digital collections at York University
  • Provide leadership by supporting faculty and students in the collection, management, curation and provision of access to York University's digital assets
  • Provide guidance and oversight for the life-cycle and management of digital assets
  • Creating and implement systems that support the capture, description, delivery, and preservation of digital objects having significant content of enduring value
  • Support the acquisition, creation, capture, conversion, organization and preservation of digital objects by establishing and maintaining standards, policies and procedures
  • Interpret digital standards, cataloguing, library and university policies and procedures to staff
  • Maintain an awareness of university developments and trends in the library profession by attending and participating in meetings, workshops and conferences
  • Maintain liaison with colleagues in regional libraries (and others as appropriate) in order to develop cooperative programs
  • Serve on university committees and provides input to the decision making process within libraries through meetings and other communication devices
  • Contribute to librarianship and scholarship by carrying out professional research and scholarly work and by activity in the profession

Digital Preservation Librarian, Repository Architect, and Digitization Coordinator

McMaster University, 2011-2012

  • Lead projects which design and develop technologies supporting the capture, description, delivery, and preservation of digital objects
  • Provide ongoing support of the repository infrastructure
  • Assess the technical requirements for digitization projects and draft appropriate specifications and procedures
  • Develop digital preservation polices and practices
  • Provide training, professional development opportunities and support for other library staff in the development of digital collections
  • Track technology trends and standards evolution, and contributes to developments in this field
  • Provide key oversight for metadata used in the management of locally developed digital collections
  • Promote the Library's digitization activities to the campus community and engages in national and consortial efforts in the digital library domain.

Digital Strategies Librarian

McMaster University 2007-2011

  • Developed and led digital projects and initiatives
  • Managed and developed McMaster University's institutional repository - DigitalCommons@McMaster
  • Managed and developed McMaster University Library's digital collections repository - Digital Collections
  • Developed policies and procedures relating to technical standards and practices for digitization
  • Created and developed work-flows for metadata delivery and digitization
  • Provided training, professional development opportunities, and support for library staff in the development of digital collections
  • Researched and assisted in writing grant proposals for digital library initiatives
  • Acted as a campus-wide resource/liaison for digital initiatives
  • Departmental liaison to Political Science (2007-2009)

Adjunct Faculty

Wayne State University, 2010

  • Instructor - LIS 6080, Introduction to Technology

Skills

Technology Skills

  • Applications: Microsoft Office/Open Office, Adobe Photoshop/GIMP, Adobe Acrobat, Audacity.
  • Content Management Systems: Drupal, Wordpress, PmWiki, MediaWiki.
  • Digital Collections/Repository Management: JHOVE2, Djatoka, ExifTool, Archivematica, Fedora/Islandora, DigitalCommons, SelectedWorks.
  • Programming Languages: PHP, SQL, Python, Ruby/Rails, Shell/Bash.
  • Database Systems: MySQL, Postgres, Access, FileMaker.
  • Searching, Harvesting, Indexing: Lucene (Solr), Z39.50, OAI-PMH.
  • Web/Markup Languages: XHTML, XML, CSS.
  • Semantic Web: RDF, FOAF, SPARQL.
  • Systems Administration: Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, RHEL), Apache, Tomcat, MySQL, Postgres, Drupal, Wordpress.

Library Skills

  • Metadata Standards: Dublin Core, MARC21/MARCXML, MODS, METS, AACR2, EAD, PREMIS.
  • Reference Products: OCLC, Scholars Portal, ProQuest, LexisNexis, JSTOR, Web of Knowledge.

Presentations

Publications

Technical Specifications

Software development

Projects

Open Source Contributions

  • Islandora 6.x, 7.x
  • Tuque
  • Islandora Solution Pack Audio 6.x, 7.x
  • Islandora Solution Pack Basic Image 6.x, 7.x
  • Islandora Solution Pack Book 7.x
  • Islandora Solution Pack Collection 7.x
  • Islandora Solution Pack Compound 7.x
  • Islandora Solution Pack Large Image 6.x, 7.x
  • Islandora Solution Pack Newspaper 7.x
  • Islandora Solution Pack PDF 6.x, 7.x
  • Islandora Solution Pack Video 6.x, 7.x
  • Islandora Solution Pack WebARChive 7.x
  • Islandora BagIt 7.x
  • Islandora Batch 7.x
  • Islandora Book Batch 7.x
  • Islandora Bookmark 7.x
  • Islandora Checksum 7.x
  • Islandora Checksum Checker 7.x
  • Islandora FITS 7.x
  • Islandora Image Annotation 7.x
  • Islandora Internet Archive Bookreader 7.x
  • Islandora Importer 7.x
  • Islandora JWPlayer 7.x
  • Islandora MARCXML 7.x
  • Islandora OAI 7.x
  • Islandora OCR 7.x
  • Islandora Openseadragon 7.x
  • Islandora Paged Content 7x
  • Islandora PREMIS 7.x
  • Islandora Simple Workflow 7.x
  • Islandora Solution Video.js 7.x
  • Islandora XACML Editor 7.x
  • Islandora XML Sitemap 7.x
  • Islandora XML Forms 7.x
  • Islandora Solr Facet Pages 7.x
  • Islandora Solr Metadata 7.x
  • Islandora Solr Search 7.x
  • Islandora Solr Views 7.x
  • PHP Lib 7.x
  • Objective Forms 7.x
  • Islandora Sync 7.x
  • Islandora Scholar 7.x
  • Islandora Chef
  • Twarc

Digital Projects

University Service

  • Web-scale Discovery Layer Group (Member), 2013-2014
  • Research and Awards Committee (Member), 2013-present
  • Research Data Management Group (Co-Chair), 2013-2014
  • Digital Initiatives Advisory Group (Member), 2012-present
  • Digital Scholarship Centre Working Group (Member), 2012-present
  • Digital Preservation Policy Working Group (Chair), 2012-present
  • Scholarly Communication Committee (Member), 2012-2014
  • McMaster University Academic Librarians' Association (President), 2011-2012
  • McMaster University Academic Librarians' Association (Vice-President), 2010-2011
  • Strategic priority - Institutional Repository (Co-chair), 2010-2012
  • Strategic priority - Digitization (Co-chair), 2010-2012
  • Digital Preservation Mandate (Lead), 2010-2011
  • Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship (SCDS) planning committee, 2010
  • Digitization steering committee (Chair), 2009-2012
  • Institutional repository working group (Chair), 2009-2010
  • McMaster University Faculty Association (Library Representative), 2009-2010
  • Kirtas planning & implementation group (Technical Lead), 2008-2012
  • Copyright roundtable (Member), 2008-2011
  • Emerging technologies committee (Member), 2007-2012

Professional Service

  • Islandora Foundation, Release Manager, 2014-present
  • Islandora Foundation, Fedora 4 Project Director, 2014-2015
  • Islandora Preservation Interest Group, Convenor, 2014-present
  • Canadiana Héritage, Metadata Consultation Group, 2014
  • OCUL Cloud Storage Network, Administrative Committee, 2013-present
  • OCUL Cloud Storage Network, Technical Committee, 2013-present
  • OCUL Digital Curation Group, Chair, 2013-present
  • Islandora Foundation, Roadmap Committee, 2013-present
  • The Programming Historian 2 (Reviewer), 2013
  • Ontario Library Association Finance Committee (member), 2013
  • Ontario Library Association Discovery Fund (Co-creator, award committee) 2012-Present
  • Ontario Library Association Board of Directors (Member) 2011-2012
  • Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (Treasurer) 2013
  • Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (President) 2012
  • Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (Vice-President) 2011
  • Canadian Association of University Teachers Defence Fund (Trustee) 2010-2012, 2013-present
  • Text Encoding Initiative (Voting member) 2008-2012
  • Fair Copyright Canada, Hamilton Chapter (Founder) 2008-2012
  • Kirtas Users Group (Co-founder) 2008 - 2010
  • Library Student Journal (Reviewer) 2008-2010
  • Educause (Adjunct reader) 2008

Conference Planning

Professional Association Memberships & Affiliations

  • Archives Association of Ontario (2013-2014)
  • Association of Canadian Archivists (2014-present)
  • code4lib (2007-present)
  • Ontario Library Association (2009-2013)
  • Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (2009-2013)
  • Ontario College and University Library Association (2009-2013)
  • Progressive Librarians Guild, Greater Toronto Area (2012-present)
  • Society of American Archivists (2006-2008)

Grants, Honours, and Awards

  • Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award (OLA) 2014 - #freedaleaskey Collection
  • Librarian Research Grant 2014
  • SSHRC Travel Grant 2013
  • Librarian Research Grant 2012
  • Islandora Camp "Style Award" 2011
  • John Session Memorial Award (ALA) 2008 - "No Greater Calling: The Life of Walter P. Reuther", Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
  • IMLS 21st Century Digital Librarian Grant Recipient 2005-2007
  • Full Scholarship, MLIS, Wayne State University