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Work History

2016Current

Faculty SVA Continuing Education: Moving Objects 

School of Visual Arts

Teaches Moving Objects, a class focusing on incorporating simple mechanical concepts into fabrication and design.  

2015Present

Lab Manager

Visible Futures Lab @ The School of Visual Arts

Oversees the operation of a digital fabrication facility, including a full service woodshop, sewing and digital embroidery tools, metalworking, CNC, laser cutters and 3D printing tools.

  • Teaches and mentors graduate students and student workers, and supports classroom faculty in providing instruction and supervision for student fabrication projects.
  • Manages website, tutorials and social media for the department. 
2016Present

Adjunct Reference Librarian (part time)

Cooper Union College

Provides reference services to library users and works on other library projects as needed.

May 1998Aug 2006

Freelance Art and Design

Self Employed
  • Worked as a production artist in and around NYC. Clients included the Jim Henson Company, Disney, WGBH Boston, The Culture Project, Inwork, Inc, The Getty Conservation, and Saks Fifth Avenue Design, Madagascar Institute, Offsite Events and more
  • Managed shop crews and workflow on fabrication and design projects.
  • Produced packaging prototypes and led printmaking and bookbinding workshops at the Center for Book Arts, Atlantic Cape Community College, and through the New Jersey Artists Alliance.

Skills Include

Carpentry (set and display building, finishing work, CNC), scenic painting, decorative woodworking and carving, casting and model-making (plaster, resins, glass), sculpting and 3-d patternmaking, printmaking (silkscreen, direct image, alternative photo processing), bookbinding and paper arts, electric rigging, sewing and costume (including digital embroidery), mask and puppet design, prop building and sourcing, basic welding and metalwork.

May 2010Aug 2015

Instructional Design Librarian

New York City College of Technology

Responsible for the design and delivery of information literacy instruction in the classroom and online.

  • Provides both in-person and remote research assistance to student and faculty library user
  • Collaborates with faculty and administrators to incorporate strong research pedagogy into the curriculum, and to design out-of-classroom learning opportunities.
  • Explores and implements the use of emerging technologies and research practices in library   instruction.
  • Develops programming initiatives to support understanding of emerging technology, scholarly communications, open access and intellectual property issues throughout CUNY.
  • Manages content on City Tech’s library website and research guides.
  • Sits on college and university-wide committees.
  • Designs new marketing and outreach initiatives to promote research on campus/
  • Manages collection development in the areas of entertainment technology, new media, fiction, poetry and graphic design.
Jun 2009May 2010

Data Annotator

Butler Hill Information Group

Assisted with the development of online search algorithms by evaluating and annotating search data during beta testing.

Aug 2007Oct 2009

Reference Librarian

Swarthmore College

Provided in-person and virtual reference services.

  • Supported the Social Sciences and Humanities departments by offering instruction, research support, and online resources, and advised honors thesis writers in their final year.
  • Oversaw and implemented a busy schedule of exhibits and events. Partnered with academic departments to bring outside bring artists and curators to campus, and began an initiative to involve students in the planning and design of exhibits in the library.
  • Mentored students and library interns and coordinated with faculty to create semester-long student research projects based on library collections.
  • Maintained monograph collections for Sociology and Anthropology departments.
  •  Built upon existing marketing and outreach efforts by creating both print and web resources to enhance use of the collections.
Jul 2006Aug 2007

Tutorial Coordinator

Moore College of Art and Design
  • Provided academic support and counseling to all students, trained and supervised peer tutors, and partnered with departments to provide learning difference support and accommodations to qualified students.
  • Led programs to support non-traditional students in the academic environment.
Sep 2003Aug 2005

Creative Writing Instructor

New York University
  • Taught a credit-bearing course in the creative writing as an adjunct professor.
  • Worked as a tutor and writing instructor at Coler/Goldwater Hospital as part of the Goldwater teaching fellowship. Continued as a volunteer from 2005-2006.

Education

Sep 2006Dec 2007

Masters of Library and Information Science

Drexel University School of Library and Information Science, Deans Fellow

Focus on Academic Librarianship.

Aug 2003May 2005

Masters of Fine Arts, Creative Writing

New York University, Goldwater Writing Fellow

Poetry concentration. Coordinated NYU's Emerging Writers reading series and served as the Managing Editor of the Washington Square Review.

Aug 1994May 1998

BA Interdisciplinary Performance Studies and English Literatire

Oberlin College

Interdisciplinary major focused on the intersections of visual and performing arts, with dual concentrations in art/theater history and studio practice.

Jun 1997Dec 1997

Field Study: Indonesia

School for International Studies

Intensive language training, studied mask carving and traditional dance.

Selected Workshops & Presentations 

Presentations and Workshops

  • “Electronic Books and the Future of Reading: Licensing and Readers Rights” LACUNY Institute 2011
  • “Techno/Babel: Revolution, Information and Transitional Culture” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, 2012
  • “Research for All, Open Access Tools for Research” Anarchist Book Fair, 2012
  • “Business Research Workshop” Radical Reference and OWS Labor Outreach Committee, 2012
  • “Going Underground: Dystopian Cities and Networks of Power”. American Comparative Literature Association Conference, 2013
  • “Canny Children, Uncanny Valley: Technology and Generational Divide” Popular Culture Association/America Culture Association Conference, 2013
  • "Open Access in the Arts” CUNY Open Access Week 2013
  • “Do it faster, make it stronger” Still building workshop, Clawhammer Foodhack Weekend, Summer 2013
  • Librarians in Palestine” Allied Media Conference, 2014
  • “Copyright and Fair Use in the Digital Teaching Environment” Spring 2014
  • Grassroots Mapping Tech (table) Sprint Day of the Map conference, Spring 2014
  • USA Science and Engineering Festival (table) Public Lab tools and demonstrations. Spring 2014
  • DIY Environmental Monitoring with the Public Lab (table) World Maker Faire, Fall 2014
  • The Coin Press (sculpture): Proteus Gowanus Currency Show, Fall 2014
  • World MakerFaire (table) Public Lab research tools and demonstrations, Fall 2014
  • “Building Active Learning Practices With Grassroots Research Tools” CUNY IT Conference, 2014
  • “Grassroots Research Tools in Social and Environmental Research” 2014 City Tech Faculty Research Poster Sessions

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Densmore, B. Technical Education (ed) In The Sage Encyclopedia of World Poverty. 2015
  • Densmore, B. Appropriate Technology and Technology Absorbtion (ed) In The Sage Encyclopedia of World Poverty. 2015

Editor

  • Urban Library Journal (co-editor, elected) 2014-2015