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Work experience

Jun 2008Present

Director of E-Learning and Instructional Technology

Aiken Technical College
  • Supervises the e-learning and classroom instructional technology staff.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with ISM, Blackboard, and other vendors to maintain Blackboard courses, templates, and to ensure necessary hardware and technical support for e-courses.
  • Serves as Blackboard and Turnitin administrator.
  • Provides one-on-one and group orientations for full- and part-time faculty in the use of Blackboard and other e-tools that support online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses.
  • Works with faculty to design, develop, and implement course curricula and instructional materials for online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses.
  • Provides faculty assistance/instruction in the conversion and development of traditional courses into online courses.
  • Manages two-way video classrooms and lecture capture classrooms.
Oct 2005Jul 2008

Library Director

Aiken Technical College
  • Prepared and monitored the library’s budget.
  • Hired, trained, and evaluated library personnel.
  • Promoted resource sharing and library cooperative agreements.
  • Evaluated the collection and selected materials in a variety of formats according to program, curriculum, and patron needs. 
  • Coordinated the discarding and weeding of materials on a timely basis.
  • Promoted library instruction programs to faculty and students.
  • Coordinated the scheduling of library instruction classes.
  • Designed and taught instruction sessions.
  • Served on institution wide committees.
Aug 2002Jul 2005

Instruction and Reference Librarian

University of West Georgia
  • Taught a two-hour credit class on academic research and the library through WebCT.
  • Taught a two-hour credit class first year experience course.
  • Assisted library users in locating information from the reference desk.
  • Designed and conducted staff development programs for the faculty and staff of Ingram Library.
  • Conducted bibliographic instruction sessions.
  • Served as liaison to the Mass Communication, Theater, Foreign Languages, and Geosciences department.
  • Selected monographs, audiovisuals, and reference materials for liaison departments.
  • Served as advisor for undeclared majors.
  • Served on library-wide and campus-wide committees.
20042005

Adjunct Instructor

Shorter College
  • Taught a three-hour credit information literacy class for nontraditional business students.
  • Prepared web-based materials for the online component of the course.
Aug 2001Aug 2002

Reference Assistant

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Assisted patrons with research using a variety of print and electronic resources.
  • Answered chat and telephone reference questions.
  • Aided patrons in using over 130 electronic databases.
  • Participated in weekly professional development sessions on various reference topics.
  • Handled other projects as assigned.

Education

Jan 2007Dec 2008

Graduate Certificate

University of South Carolina, Columbia
Aug 2001Aug 2002

M.L.I.S.

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Aug 1995Aug 2000

Bachelor's of Arts

University of West Georgia

Awards

Testimonials

"Allyson is an incredibly bright and energetic innovator in regards to higher education practices and teaching teaching. Allyson is deeply engaged in the process of continuous improvement, continually seeking ways in which to improve the services she provides to students and instructors. She also engages extensively in her own professional development, taking courses in Higher Education Leadership and staying abreast of the current literature and trends in technology and education. She is a real "go-getter." Confident. Passionate. Capable."

-Dr. Darrin Campen, Dean of History, Social Sciences, Education, Health Enhancement and Physical Education at Montgomery College

"Allyson has just completed an 18 hour Graduate Certificate Program in Community College Leadership. She was in the top five percent of the class in writing, discussion, research and teamwork. She has received a promotion at her college while a participant in the program. She has served as our in class consultant on how to conduct research on the internet and using virtual libraries. She is an exceptional candidate for the PhD program and will experience upward mobility in her career."

-Dr. James Hudgins, President of South Carolina Technical College System (Retired)