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Candidate for Master of Science in Library and Information Science; aspiring cataloging and metadata librarian with an interest in audiovisual materials and the ethics of information organization.


Work History

Aug 2015Present

Research and Information Services, Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant

University Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Provide reference and research help, both in person and virtually, to students, faculty, and staff of the university, as well as local community members
  • Teach and assist research workshops and ESL library courses
  • Work on projects, such as giving metadata to the library's Flickr catalog
  • Create LibAnswers entries
  • Supervising student workers
Aug 2016Present

Office of Information Literacy, Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant

University Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Manage LibGuides
  • Maintain LibGuides and database metadata
  • Attend User Education Committee meetings and take minutes
  • Assist the Office of Information Literacy in other matters
  • Train library staff to use LibGuides and other LibApps products
May 2016Aug 2016

Cataloging Practicum

The Gerber/Hart Library & Archives
  • Perform original and copy cataloging for print materials and audiovisual materials
  • Upgrade poor records in OCLC
  • Continual collection management
  • Connect the Chicago area LGBT community to library resources
Aug 2012May 2015

Student Assistant Librarian

Music Library, The College of William & Mary
  • Circulation
  • Shelving
  • Basic reference
  • Collection evaluation of sheet music and wax cylinders
  • Digitization of LPs and VHS tapes for courses
  • Digital signage
  • Classification of CDs using custom call number system
  • Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, March 2015


Cataloging Standards

Library of Congress Classification

Library of Congress Subject Headings



Metadata and Semantic Web Standards


Dublin Core











Colbert, Jessica. 2016. "The Search that Dare Not Speak Its Name: LGBT Information and Catalog Records." Poster presentation at the 2016 BOBCATSSS Symposium. Lyon, France, January 28.

Colbert, Jessica and Irvine, Annabella. 2016. "Finding Ourselves in the Library: Finding LGBTQIA Representational Materials in Libraries." Workshop at the 2016 Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC). Lafayette, Indiana, February 20.


Best Poster 2016


Professional Service

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, School of Information Sciences

  • American Library Association Student Chapter, 2015-
    • Conference Committee Co-Chair, 2015-2016
  • Progressive Librarians Guild Student Chapter, 2015-
    • President, 2015-2016
    • Treasurer, 2016-
  • Queer Library Alliance, 2015-
    • President, 2015-

Professional Affiliations

  • American Library Association (ALA), Member 2015-
    • Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), Member 2015-
    • GLBT Round Table, Member 2015-
      • Resources Committee, Member July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018
    • New Members Round Table, Member 2015-
    • Social Responsibilities Round Table, Member 2015-
  • Illinois Library Association (ILA), Member 2015-2016
  • OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. (OLAC), Member 2015-
  • Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), Member 2016-
  • Special Libraries Association (SLA), Member 2015-2016