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Education

Master of Arts - Library and Information Science

University of South Florida, ALA Accredited

Utah Library Association - Member

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Photography

University of North Texas


 Certificate - Grants - Publications

Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate

   University of the State of New York Education Dept.

]A.R.F. Grant - Artist Resource Fund

Fancy Publications - Photography

Professional Experience

Oct 2012June 2016

Librarian

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Library Manager: Communicate with student body/faculty. Supervise five student workers: hire/train, coach/dismiss, payroll/schedules. Manage workflow: LC shelving, reference, library policy and procedures. Maintain physical library space, equipment, and security.

Circulation: Provide circulation desk services: check out-in, holds, recalls, patron fines, search and resource, ILL services, and printing. Run overdue reports creating bills for lost items.

Information Literacy Sessions: Teach: reference, OPAC catalog search, databases, search strategies, Boolean Logic, citations, and research. Align library resources with academic programs, campus vision, curriculum, syllabi and student projects. Point to company standards: Copyright, White Papers and PPR.

Library Orientation and College Connection: Provide: Library Resource Handout, New Student Portal Sign Up, Take Student ID’s, and Accuplacer Testing.

Library Collection & Cataloging: Catalog and managed inventory: MARC, LCSH/LCC, and Bibliographic/Holding/Item Records. Create original, copy and reclassify records. Maintain inventory/shelf list. Acquisitions/Deselection and Order/Receiving.  Assign statistical codes to library items and run reports to determine gaps by academic program and per SSB.  Evaluate gifts and select for collection inclusion. Establish methods for improving access to collection. Receive periodicals and request missing issues.

Special Collections: Organize and calculate the value of the special collection items. Maintain and create displays of campus cultural objects.

Market Library: Create library displays, hold events, and exhibit student artwork, which increases library visibility, increases circulation, generates a positive experience, raises the Noel Levitz Survey scores, aides in Persistence and connects library to campus culture.

Moved Library: Supervised and organized moving library into smaller space: deselection of holdings, inventory batch withdrawals, movers and book trucks. Reinstalled the library with circulation and stacks in LC order ready in two days.

Maintain LibGuide: Manage LibGuide content pages and subject guides for patron research.

Manage Library Budget: Manage library payroll, OCLC ILL, and supplies. In consultation with faculty and Library Committee, order materials via Suggest a Purchase process.

Library Statistics and Committees: Report to Dean of Academic Affairs. Manage and organize library documents and statistical analytics for Institutional Effectiveness and ACICS Accreditation. Serve on campus committees: Institutional Effectiveness Committee, Curriculum Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, and Library Committee.

Manage Library Technology: B/W copier, Color Fiery printer, PC/MAC, IT Help Tickets, Accuplacer Testing and Student Badges. Voyager OPAC catalog search, Intra and OCLC ILL, Adobe Suite, Scanner, DYMO label maker.

Jun 2010Oct 2012

Reference Librarian

The Miami International University of Art & Design

Library Supervisor/Interim Library Director: Communicated with diverse creative student body/faculty. Supervised 3 student workers: hire/train, coach/dismiss, payroll/schedules. Supervised workflow: LC shelving, reference, library policy and procedures. Shelved stacks, shifting and LC order. Maintained physical library space, equipment, and security.

Circulation: Provided circulation desk services: check out-in, holds, recalls, patron fees, fines, search requests, research and resource help, printing. Ran overdue reports.

Information Literacy Sessions: Library Resource Handout: reference, OPAC catalog search, databases, search strategies, Boolean Logic, citations, and research. Aligned library resources with academic programs, campus vision, curriculum, syllabi and student projects. Pointed to company standards: Copyright, White Papers and PPR.

Library Collection & Cataloging: Cataloged and managed inventory: MARC, LCSH/LCC, and Bibliographic/Holding/Item Records.  Created original, copy and reclassify records. Maintained inventory/shelf list. Acquisitions/Deselection and Order/Receiving.  Assigned statistical codes to library items and run reports to determined gaps by academic program and per SSB.  Evaluated gifts and select for collection inclusion. Received periodicals and requested missing issues.

Market Library: Created library displays with artwork as Student/Faculty Spotlight, which increased library visibility, circulation, and connected library to campus culture.

Library Budget: Ordered Books, DVDs, serials, payroll, and supplies. In consultation with faculty and Library Committee, established selection of materials. Report to Dean of Academic Affairs and prepared Library documents for SACS Accreditation.

Created LibGuide: Created digital graphic for companywide LibGuide banner. Designed LibGuide structure: added/deleted pages, subject guides for patron research and Boolean search options.

Library Technology: Color Copier, PC/MAC, and IT Help Tickets. Catalog Search OPAC, Intra and OCLC ILL, Adobe Suite, Scanner, DYMO label maker.


Sep 2009May 2010

Library Graduate Assistant

The University of South Florida, Special & Digital Collections Library

Visual Designer: Created digital graphics for events and web presence: banners, logos, flyers, programs, posters, 5-up tag and rack cards. Migrated web content into LibGuide: Holocaust, Genocide Studies Center, and Sacred Leaves Medieval Manuscripts Collection.

Digital Photography: Digitized Special Collection rare books for repository. Shot event photography of symposiums and displays and optimized images for web presence. Technology: MAC/PC Platforms, Adobe Suite, MS Word, LibGuide, Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n Digital Camera, Hasselblad Camera, Scanback, Copystand, Flood lamp stands, Kodak Test Card Gray scale.

Installations: Staged displays of cultural objects, which promoted library outreach and research of library special collection of cultural objects.

Research: Researched and compared online offerings and accessibility of oral history audio and transcripts from various academic libraries to U.S.F. library offerings in order to find gaps for improvement. Created analysis document, which determined U.S.F. Oral History Library, provides generous online presence for patrons.

May 2009Aug 2009

Library Fieldwork

The University of South Florida, Special & Digital Collections Library

Cultural Objects Online: Created a virtual reality of The Farid Karam, M.D. Lebanon Antiquities Collection and make accessible online. Objects include: original stone, glass, clay, and metal antiques.

Digital Photography: Shot sequential stills of cultural objects: SLR/n camera, 3D VR Product Turntable, studio lamps, incremental photography (36/72), Flash animations. Technology: MAC/PC, Photoshop, Kodak Professional DCS Pro SLR/n Digital Camera and Software, Kodak Test Card Gray scale, Flood Lamp Stands, Tripod, and 3D VR Product Turntable.

Social Media: Created blog as a dialogue with library staff and the Director of Special and Digital Collections communicating workflow of fieldwork. Content included: workflow management: metadata, project information, research, resources, citations, journaled experience and hours worked.

Fieldwork Report: Wrote research paper documenting: experience, event timeline, online library offerings, studio photography, technologies, cultural objects, standards and best practices for digital libraries, forms, equipment and tools, and a digital pictorial gallery of the objects photographed.

Other Professional Experience

Sketchbook Project: Created sketchbook then it was cataloged, shelved and digitized and installed online at the Brooklyn Art Library, New York City, N.Y. (2016). My Sketchbook is available for patrons and travels in mobile library making available to patrons abroad.

Associate of Fashion Design Coursework: 57 hours, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Fundamentals of Apparel Construction, Fashion History, Fashion Digital Design Fundamentals, Fashion Business Mgmt. Practices, Fundamental of Apparel Textiles, Fashion Illustration, Visual Merchandising, Design Sales, Technical Drawing for Fashion, Textile Surface Design.

Customer Service Representative: Provided Customer Service for Verizon Wireless customers: billing, technology and accounting support and reduced call handle and increasing service to customers in calls per hour.

Merchandising Supervisor: Managed and executed company standard merchandising for Borders, Books, Music and Café as well as supervised staff and open/close store-key holder. Created additional ways to merchandise products increasing sales. Provided customer service, book order and research, Florida Sunshine State and Lexile reading level assistance.

Computer Graphic Artist: Created digital graphics and storyboard art for General Dynamics in house film production unit. Directed photography shoots creating instructional audio-visuals for training purposes.

Volunteer

Utah Arts Alliance: Salt Lake City, UT.

Women’s Journey Retreat: Taught Art Workshops (1991-1996), Granbury, TX.

La-De-Da Productions: Painted set designs and acting, Ft. Worth, TX.

About Pam Ward

"She is a natural collaborator and an excellent addition to any team."

Elizabeth Tucker, Prospect Research Analyst, University of South Florida

"Pam can handle a variety of librarian tasks: book displays, patron workshops, reference desk, helping students with research: She is your one-stop shopping for library service!"

Paul Hodges,

Learning Resource Center Manager, Strayer University

"She is a dedicated professional and cares about the students and staff with whom she works with at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.  I enjoy working with her tremendously."

Larry Perez,

Resident  Life & Housing Director, The Art Institutes

“Over the years,
I’ve observed Pam’s
unique ability to
transmute ordinary into the  extraordinary with her penchant to blur the lines of art and fashion.”

Kathleen Colussy, Fashion Professor, The Art Institutes

Teaching Experience

College of Education Graduate Program (27 graduate level semester hours)

     Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX

Texas Teacher Certificate, All Level Art (1993) No Expiration                                                

Teacher Service Record, Texas Education Agency (1993, 1994)

     9-12, Joshua I.S.D., Joshua, TX

Women’s Journey Retreat, Art Workshops (1991-1996) Granbury, TX

Painting Process Workshop (2003) Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL