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Education

Sep 2008Dec 2010

Master of Library and Information Science

San Jose State University

My focus was on public librarianship with interests in archival wotj (both digital and analog), library management, and outreach. Coursework highlights include: Information Retrieval, History of Books and Libraries, Information Organizations and Management, Archives and Records Management, Cataloging and Classification, Reference Services, Records Management, Library Management, Programming and Services for Children, Research Methods.

Jan 2005May 2008

Master of Arts

CSU, Sacramento

I studied under Doug Rice, Author of Blood of Mugwump. Coursework highlights include: Fiction Writing, Methods & Materials for Literary Research, Memoir Writing, 19th Century Texts, American Women Writers, Myth Criticism, Teaching Composition in College.

My culminating project was a collection of Flash Fiction.

Sep 2002Dec 2004

Bachelor of Arts

CSU, Sacramento

Coursework highlights include: British Literature I, American Literature I & II, Ethnic Race Relations, Ethnic America, Traditional Grammar and Standard Usage, Advanced Composition, Shakespeare's Plays, Hemingway & Fitzgerald, Major African American Authors, Romantic Poetry, Contemporary American Fiction by Women.

Work experience

Aug 2008Dec 2011

Computer Docent & Community Outreach Support

Solano County Library

Train adults to use computer programs and provide reference services; act as tech support for patrons. Organize library stacks, act as “secret shopper” to evaluate library service, and assist with library’s Twitter presence and children storytimes. Participate in community outreach and special events to promote library services.

Mar 2011Dec 2011

Volunteer Online Reference Librarian

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I provide excellent online/email reference services for people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

Jan 2011Mar 2011

Volunteer

North Bay Region Academic Decathlon

The North Bay Region Academic Decathlon includes high schools from Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo Counties. 275 high school students compete in this regional competition. The Academic Decathlon includes tests in art, music, language and literature, mathematics, economics, science, and social science. In addition, there are communication tests that include the writing of an essay, the delivery of a prepared and an impromptu speech, and an interview. As a volunteer my duties included reading and scoring student essays, judging student interviews and speeches, and proctoring timed tests.

Feb 2009Apr 2009

Volunteer

Dixon Montessori Charter School

Organized school library to increase use and access for instructors and students.

Library Programming

Cataloging

Arrangement and Description

Library Management & Evaluation

Current Employment

Department ManagerLowe's Home Improvement

Vacaville, CA

Library-related Employment History

Digital Archivist

12/2011-03/2012

Zynga, Inc.

San Francisco, CAMy work at Zynga involved Digital Asset Managemtnt with the Central Creative Services team. I assisted in the development and growth of a company-wide Digital Asset Management system including coordinating with vendors and IT to ensure the successful development and maintenance of the DAM System; facilitating the design and implementation of multiple automated workflows; designing appropriate taxonomy and metadata schema to meet the demands of each department; assisting with documenting processes and procedures; educating, training and promoting the use of the digital asset management system; interacting with the teams that utilize the DAM system regularly as well as introducing the system to new teams regularly; Collection Development: Seeking out new content to be added to the archive and ensuring its organization; supporting critical and time sensitive requests for digital art.

LIS Skills

Reference Services - I have experience providing excellent online reference service for people of all ages and from all backgrounds! I provide reference service in a variety of subjects, for formal reserarch projects, and ready reference.

Cataloging - I have knowledge of current descriptive cataloging standards, AACR2, machine-based representation using MARC format, subject analysis and classification using LCSH, Dewey, and LCC. Some experience with OCLC Connexion.

Archival - Some experience with manuscript and records acquisition and appraisal, arrangement and description, conservation and preservation, and archival reference and access. I have also been exposed to EAD, Dublin Core, DSpace, and ContentDM.

Records Management - Exposure to theories, methodologies, and technologies used in managing institutional information and records including the history of records management, the records' life cycle, record inventory and analysis, classification and filing, and retention scheduling.

Web 2.0 - I have experience with wiki creation and collaboration, blog creation, basic website design, social networking tools including Google+, Library Thing, Shelfari, video conferencing, online learning platforms (Blackboard and Angel), collaborative document sharing tools such as Google Docs, and online survey creation using Survey Monkey and Zoomerang.

Database Design and Management - Experience with text database design and management (using DB/TextWorks), vocabulary design, and the development of indexing rules.

Website Design - Experience with Dreamweaver, XML, and HTML

Professional Development & Continuing Education

Conferences

2008, CLA Conference, San Jose, CA

This was my first conference and the experience was motivating and eye-opening for me, a new LIS student. I learned about new trends in library science, drive-up libraries, automated systems, youth outreach, marketing, ALA's mentoring program, and more.

Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference attendee - November 2-4, 2011

http://www.library20.com/page/2011-conference

Self-Paced Learning

Kinloph, S. W. (2005). Teach yourself visually HTML, 2nd ed.

Kinloph, S. W. (2006). Creating web pages with XML simplified, 3rd ed.

Hedden, H. (2010). The accidental taxonomist. 

ALA e-Forums

Regularly participate in e-Forums so that I stay current in library trends and hot topics.

Non Library-related Employment History

Leadership Roles

03/2004-09/2008

Administrative Assistant, Sac State Aquatic Center, Gold River, CA                                                     

Managed daily proceedings of Aquatic Center administration including (but not limited to): Supervision of 8-10 employees, database management, website management, customer account management, program coordination and registration, staff scheduling and training, assisted with annual program brochure editing. Served on the Safety Committee and the Website Design/User Interface Committee.

07/1999-10/2000

Team Lead, Federal Express, Oakland, CA

I was promoted to Team Lead from Handler within 6 months. Supervised up to 15 peers in a high volume sorting facility ensuring on-time departure and delivery of freight. Received the Bravo Award for demonstrating excellence in teamwork and a committment to the proper and timely handling of freight.

Public Contact Roles

09/2008-12/2011

Administrative Assistant III, Beauty Systems Group, Benicia, CA

Provide administrative support for the Education department including (but not limited to): Extensive public contact in-person and telephone; facilitate professional, in-salon education for CA, NV, PNW, Midwest states including ND, SD, MN, Southwest states including AZ, CO, UT, and Mountain states including MT, WY, and ID; manage select accounting processes; lead developer of Education quarterly brochure; provide editorial assistance for senior management; assist with trade-show set-up and break-down. Served on the 2010/2011 Social Committee.

10/2001-09/2002

Sales Associate, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Pleasant Hill, CA

Responsible for an increase in department sales by 40%, extensive in-person public contact, organization and maintenance of sales floor.

SJSU SLIS ePortfolio

http://rcowham.weebly.com

This ePortfolio demonstrates my competence in each of the core areas of professional librarianship. As I developed this portfolio I was able to reflect on the MLIS experience, to identify personal strengths, and to develop a professional growth plan. I am pleased to share my accomplishments with you.

User Instruction

http://libr210group4.weebly.com

I collaborated with classmates to create a banned books pathfinder that served as a companion website to a user instruction presentation on the same topic. By educating young users to think for themselves and to challenge censorship, we help build a sense of democracy and leadership for the young generations of our communities. 

Introduction

This portfolio represents a snapshot of my academic career as well as a glimpse into what I have accomplished as a public service professional. All of my accomplishments are not listed here, only those that I feel best represent the direction I want my career to follow. I consider myself an entry-level information professional, and I am working diligently to find my first professional appointment that will help shape my understanding of where I want to be five or ten years from now.

I am on a mission to find meaningful work in LIS, and I won't stop until I've accomplished just that. I want to engage in productive conversations with fellow information professionals and with the public we serve. I want to teach information literacy, assist others with research, provide early literacy education, and work behind the scenes with DAM and as a cataloger/quality control manager. My aspirations are high. My goals are set. And I am eager to begin this career head on. 

Image background: Buttonwillow Raceway, 2009. For me, riding a motorcycle means experiencing the thrill of pushing the limits and accomplishing more than I ever thought possible. For my professional career, I want more than anything to push beyond my own perceived limits and accomplish more than I ever thought possible!