Technology

Between formal and self-taught education, I have a broad base of knowledge and I constantly am seeking to deepen my knowledge of new technological advancements. I am comfortable in both a PC and Mac environment and at my current position I select all the software on the University of Minnesota Libraries multimedia sites. Here I have listed a selection of technologies that I have experience teaching and/or using. In my current role it is my job to constantly be learning new technologies and teaching them, but it is a passion of mine that I have had as long as I can remember.

Content Management and Cataloging
Video and Audio
Web Design and Organization
Web 2.0
Image
Text
Online Searching



Content Management and Cataloging

Most recently I have worked on Drupal websites creating content for several websites at the University of Minnesota. In addition to being an end user for many content management systems built with Moodle, Blackboard, and Drupal, I also have advanced experience with a system specifically built for media assets, Final Cut Server. I have taken the bare-bones Final Cut Server and created an entire cataloging standard. I taught myself the system and then created the metadata standards. Next I implemented those standards by building in the metadata sets, groups, fields, and lookups. Finally, using a combination of in-person instruction, interactive web presentation, and embedded video tutorials I trained staff on how to use the system to create efficient work-flows.

In another example, I built from scratch an index for a college publication using Microsoft Access. I also have updated library records using internal databases and systems of classification (including using FileMaker Pro), and standardized MARC records in system-wide integrated library catalogs such as Horizon. I also have added records for foreign language materials into WorldCat.

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Video and Audio

With my background as a videographer, I have used a wide variety of programs for video including Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Avid, After Effects, Motion, Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, iDVD, QuickTime, VLC Media Player, Soundslide, and Flash. I also have experience with screen capture software including ScreenFlick, Screen Flow, Screen Jelly, Camtasia, and Jing. In addition to the audio functions inherent within videography, I have worked with programs specifically for audio such as Audacity, GarageBand, iTunes, Songbird, and FoxyTunes.

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Web Design and Organization

I have experience using text programs to code by hand in XHTML (and HTML) and CSS. I also have experience using WordPress, Dreamweaver, Seamonkey, and other web page tools. I currently am planning on teaching myself PHP and migrating a website from WordPress.com to WordPress.org so I can continue to expand my knowledge. I also have taken coursework specifically focused on web design and organization (with an emphasis on creating accessible websites).

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Web 2.o

I have vast experience using social media, and I follow closely the trends and evaluate how those trends can be applied to my work.  In my free time I run the blog Librarians are Weird and manage the Facebook page and can be found at many social networking sites including those listed below.

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Image

As much as I love to take photographs I also love editing them. I have experience using programs such as Gimp, Skitch, Photoshop, Microsoft Paint, and iPhoto to alter images. I also have experience with websites such as Picassa (and the software), Flickr, and Photobucket.

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Text

I am skilled in word processing programs such as Microsoft Office of course and also with innovative uses of Google products such as to gather and analysis of data. I have worked with spreadsheets in programs such as Excel. I also have experience scanning and creating editable PDFs with Adobe products.  Of course I also am comfortable using email including programs like Outlook, blogs such as Blogger and WordPress, and chat using services such as Meebo.

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Online Searching

Of course, I also am skilled at navigating integrated library catalogs. In addition to online searching with integrated library catalogs; I also am experienced in running notices, creating and altering records, and circulation (including interlibrary loan, ILL) in systems such as Horizon, Voyager, and Aleph.

I am extremely talented at using the Internet to find information. I also know how to navigate many of the academic databases subscribed to by the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin in Superior.

In addition to my technical savvy, I also consider issues in information literacy, such as finding reliable resources and addressing access issues for patrons.  The following is a website for a presentation I gave at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on Cyber Ethics and Libraries.

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