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Dec 2009Present

Metadata Assistant

Cuban Heritage Collection / University of Miami Libraries
  • Create and enhance metadata records for digital projects using CONTENTdm and an in-house manuscript database, following Dublin Core metadata schema. Rare serials and books, and manuscript collections are the resources selected for digitization.
  • Conduct research as part of metadata creation process and incorporate controlled vocabularies such as LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings), TGM (Thesaurus of Graphic Materials), and AAT (Art and Architecture Thesaurus) for proper records standardization and discoverability.
  • Serve as liaison between the Cuban Heritage Collection and the library’s digital lab by coordinating and managing digitization activities and establishing scanning and metadata queues through Kablink project management system, and handling of resources through Aeon Circulation Management System.
  • Track and send books in need of preservation treatment, to the library's preservation unit.
  • Supervise one metadata student assistant.
  • Assist patrons with research, reference and requests inquiries.
Jun 2006Present

News archivist

The Miami Herald / Newsroom library

News Archivist for El Nuevo Herald (part-time)July 2008 – present

  • Archive and review content quality of stories published by El Nuevo Herald using SCC Media Grid content management system.
  • Organize and send printed products to NewsBank for microfilm preservation.
  • Archive reports of stories sent to NewsBank Inc. database.

News Archivist for El Nuevo Herald (full-time)June 2006 – July 2008

  • Archived and reviewed content quality of stories and images published by El Nuevo Herald using SCC Media Grid content management system. 
  • Collaborated and assisted with library research, using archives and library resources, and databases such as LexisNexis, NewsBank and the in-house database NewsArc.
  • Created high quality scans of archival content, for research and publication purposes.
Nov 2008Dec 2009

Senior Library Assistant

Cuban Heritage Collection / University of Miami Libraries
  • Assisted the collection's reference librarian by creating MARC bibliographic records and copy cataloguing for incomming books and other resources, following AACR2 cataloguing rules, and using the Innovative Millennium cataloging system and OCLC.
  • Tracked and sent books in need of preservation treatment, to the library's preservation unit.
  • Assisted patrons visiting the Cuban Heritage Collection, by e-mail and phone, with research, reference and requests inquiries.
  • Tracked and managed patrons' requests using Aeon Circulation Management System
Oct 2004Jun 2006

Registrar of Collection and Archives

Jewish Museum of Florida
  • Registered items into the museum's inventory database using File Maker Pro. Supervised the work of one volunteer and monitored the progress of the photo collections’ digitization project.
  • Collaborated with the curator in preparing exhibits.
  • Wrote condition reports of the in and out exhibits, as well as loan and gift agreements.
  • Created and designed exhibit captions, panels and layouts using QuarkXPress and Photoshop.
  • Performed scanning and retouching of photographs and negatives from the museum's collection, for research and publications.
  • Performed duplication of audio interviews’ cassettes as part of the Museum’s Oral Histories Project.
  • Wrote and collaborated with the museum's bi-monthly newsletter TILES.
  • Assisted patrons and researchers with requests from the museum's archives and collections.
May 1999Jan 2004

Assistant registrar

Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña / Unidad de Colecciones
  • Registered and managed various art and historic collections, primarily the painting and sculpture collections.
  • Supervised and coordinated contracts, loans and insurance for all collection pieces housed in different warehouses.
  • Archived all aspects of the collection including maintaining a photo file for insurance purposes and overall internal administration.
  • Created a digitized photo collection and information for uploading into an internal online research tool.
  • Maintained detailed documentation of the collection using File Maker Pro and performed the collection’s inventory.
  • Supported and coordinated collection’s status with researchers, curators, conservators, and staff members from in-house and other museums or cultural institutions.
  • Wrote monthly duties reports and interacted with visitors.


Professional Competencies

  • Metadata schemas: Dublin Core, MARC, IPTC, MODS
  • Experience with XHTML, CSS, XML, Microsoft Access, Oxygen, CONTENTdm, Greenstone
  • Knowledge of AACR2 and experience with controlled vocabulary thesaurus such as LCSH, TGM and AAT
  • Innovative Millennium cataloging system
  • Aeon Circulation Management System
  • Software: Microsoft Office, Photoshop CS4, InDesign, Dreamweaver, QuarkExpress 7.0, FileMaker Pro,  Text editors as TextEdit, TextWrangler
  • SilverFast scanning software
  • Fully bilingual: English and Spanish

Writing and Creative Collaborations

  •  Rare photo from the Tom Pohrt Photograph Collection shows historic Cuban lighthouse in its original design,  Cuban Heritage Collection, The Blog, collection-shows-historic-cuban-lighthouse-in-its-original-design/                                    Miami, FL,                June 2011
  • De Película! Getting to Know “El Guapo de la Canción” One Photograph at a Time, Cuban Heritage Collection, The Blog                                                                           Miami, FL                  July 2010
  • Treasures from the Colonial Period in Cuba exhibit  Cuban Heritage Collection                                                                                                  Miami, FL            January 2009
  • The Miami Herald: Fidel Castro Health Timeline                                                                Miami, FL                 May 2007
  • SLA web page (Florida Chapter): The Poynter Experience                                     St. Petersburg, FL         October 2006
  • TILES: Jewish Museum of Florida Newsletter: Donation of Miss Florida 1965 article                                                                                                                                      Miami Beach, FL             June 2006
  • Orlando Heritage: Ad design for Jewish History Month                                                       Orlando, FL       January 2006 
  • TILES: Jewish Museum of Florida Newsletter  Aurel Rosen’s Bris dress article       Miami Beach, FL              Dec. 2005 
  • TILES: Jewish Museum of Florida Newsletter  Beth Jacob Congregation History article   Miami Beach, FL    Sept. 2005 
  • TILES: Jewish Museum of Florida Newsletter  Anna Brenner Meyers article                    Miami Beach, FL    Sept. 2005
  • TILES: Jewish Museum of Florida Newsletter  C. Davis Turner article                              Miami Beach, FL    June 2005 
  • TILES: Jewish Museum of Florida Newsletter Isaac Bashevis Singer article                      Miami Beach, FL  March 2005
  • Ellas También poetry magazine                                                                                               San Juan, PR       May 2002

Workshops and Seminars

  • Rudimentary RDA Workshop                                        Boca Raton, FL                    2012
  • Society of Florida Archivists Annual Meeting              St. Augustine, FL                    2011
  • Describing Archives : A Content Standard                             Tampa, FL                    2010
  • Society of Florida Archivists Annual Meeting                        Tampa, FL                    2010
  • Rare Book Cataloging Workshop                                            Miami, FL                    2010
  • Library of Congress Classification: The Basics                      Miami, FL                    2010
  • Society of Florida Archivists Annual Meeting                  Bradenton, FL                    2008
  • The Poynter Institute News Research Academy      St. Petersburg, FL                    2006
  •  Workshops on Registration Methods                              San Juan, PR                    2003
  • American Association of Museums Annual Meeting        St. Louis, MO                    2001

Voluntary Work

Barry University - Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library, Miami Shores, Florida

Copy Cataloging Assistant

  • Performed copy cataloging of Juvenile Collection books.                    January - March 2012


  • American Library Association
  • Society of American Archivists
  • Society of Florida Archivists

Metadata Projects

Exhibit Panel Design

Cuban Heritage Collection, In Search of Freedom: Cuban Exiles and the U.S. Cuban Refugee Program     

                                                                                                              Coral Gables, FL  February 2011Cuban Heritage Collection, Treasures from the Colonial Period in Cuba exhibit,                       

                                                                                                              Coral Gables, FL    January 2009

Jewish Museum of Florida  Annete Pier, Joys of Tolerance                  Miami Beach, FL     November 2005

Jewish Museum of Florida  Treasures from Florida Jews                      Miami Beach, FL              May 2005

Jewish Museum of Florida  Shalom Y'All Jews from the South            Miami Beach, FL      February 2005