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Work experience

June 2016Present

Library Information Specialist

West Florida Public Libraries
  • Marketing
    • Conceptualize and design marketing materials and graphics, including posters, flyers, brochures, bookmarks, social media posts and handouts for seven library branches, maintaining a unified marketing strategy
    • Coordinate timely release of information in press releases, web content, copy for promotional material and reports regarding a variety of programs from seven branches, while determining and following appropriate style guidelines
    • Coordinate with Escambia County Community and Media Relations to ensure cooperation and consistency with overall county image
    • Keep library director informed on necessary facts for press interviews
    • Manage all social media channels and content for West Florida Public Libraries, including livestreaming of events
    • Coordinate with Escambia County Community and Media Relations and web designer to redesign mywfpl.com, modernizing the look and coordinating with the overall county image
    • Photographing events, editing photos and stock photos and graphics and ensuring they meet all standards for use in web, social media and print marketing materials
    • Record, edit and post videos of events
    • Testing out new programs and sites such as Canva, PicMonkey, Storify, Library Aware and Picasa and evaluating their possible use for WFPL
    • Work with vendors to ensure quality and timely printing of bookmarks, staff shirts and other materials
    • Assist media by coordinating interviews with appropriate library staff and serving as a spokesperson for the library to print, online and television media
    • Participate as a member of Escambia County’s emergency management Public Information team during emergency activations
  • Outreach
    • Coordinate library participation in outreach events, such as festivals and community fairs, including evening, weekend and holiday events
    • Assist Children’s Librarian with outreach among schools
    • Respond to and research comments and suggestions made by citizens regarding library participation in community events
    • Act as liaison with community groups and businesses
  • Programs
    • Plan, market and execute large events within the libraries at least four times per year, including an appreciation dinner for 200 people
    • Market and assist with multiple smaller events at seven branches
Sep 2015June 2016

Office/proposal assistant/Supply technician

InfoPro Corporation

Managed petty cash and purchasing of office supplies

Acted as the point of contact for building rental company, repairman, and other services

Assisted in writing technical documents, such as proposals, past performances, and sources sought

Kept track of opportunities throughout stages of proposal writing and acquisitions

Assisted with human resources paperwork during hiring, termination, promotions, and lateral moves

Performed supply management for contract on Eglin Air Force Base

May 2014Sep 2015

Public Safety Reporter

Northwest Florida Daily News

Researched and prepared stories, largely focused on matters of public safety, but also including government, local events and human interest features

Worked with alternative storytelling formats to inform and entertain while making sometimes difficult information accessible to the general public

Met deadlines, multi-tasking and prioritizing multiple stories at once to ensure they each get done in a timely manner

Served as a positive spokesperson for the newspaper, interacting with a diverse public at crime scenes, events and on the telephone

Handled stressful or sensitive interviews with understanding and patience

Created and developed art and graphic ideas, as well as additional materials to accompany main stories

Photographed events, crashes, fires and other public scenes

Assisted in social media efforts by tweeting and contributing to the organization's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages

Coordinated efforts in a weekly crime publication

Oct 2010May 2014

Reporter/Photographer

Beaver Dam Daily Citizen

Found and wrote stories related to courts and crimes

Covered court cases using public records and attending hearings

Developed, wrote and copy edited news and features

Took photos for features and news stories

Created and administrated the Facebook page and other social media efforts and policies

Assisted editors with page layout

Recorded, edited and uploaded videos in connection with stories

Jan 2008May 2010

Photography Editor

The University Leader

Took, edited and assigned photos

Oversaw all web and print photography

Trained new photographers

Jul 2007May 2010

Cashier

Wal-Mart

Checked out and bagged customer's items

Returned merchandise

Performed moneygram transactions

Handled customer complaints

Aug 2009May 2010

Community Service Learning

Fort Hays State University

Community Service Learning, 2010

Poker Stroll Campaign, Chestnut Street District

Worked on background information, situation analysis and core problem

Watershed On Wheels Project, 2009

Created PR kit for Watershed on Wheels

Wrote backgrounder, fact sheet, press release, public service announcement, and sheet music for a jingle

Crisis Plan, 2009

Class Project, Brookville Hotel

Researched and created a full communication crisis plan for Brookville Hotel

Aug 2007May 2010

Director's Assistant

Fort Hays State University Opera Theater

Assist the director of the opera in taking notes

Convey stage directions

Set the stage

Work with actors and crew to ensure production runs smoothly

Oversee backstage operations

Jun 2008May 2009

Front Desk Clerk

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

Took reservations

Assisted guests in the check in/check out process

Dealt with complaints

Redesigned both the banquet menu for the sales department and the menu for the on-site restaurant

Designed and organized the monthly newsletter.

Jun 2004Jul 2007

Circulation Clerk

Great Bend Public Library

Helped patrons find materials

Checked books in and out

Did minor computer software repair

Shelved books

Ordered Inter-Library Loans

Worked with the children and young adult programs

May 2006May 2007

Editor-in-chief

Interrobang, Barton County Community College

Assigned stories to everyone

Edited stories for grammatical errors, length, and/or abusive or offensive language

Hired and fired staff and trained new people

Created layout of the newspaper, sent it to print, and distributed the newspaper

May 2006Aug 2006

Student Employee

BCCC Communications Department

Wrote press releases

Interviewed people and took pictures

Worked with video equipment and archived files

Jan 2006May 2006

Entertainment Editor

Interrobang, Barton County Community College

Created layout for the entertainment pages

Took pictures, wrote movie and music reviews, advice column and horoscopes

Organized a random call in section

Edited reviews, horoscopes, call-ins and advice

Education

Aug 2007May 2010

Bachelor of Arts, Communications

Fort Hays State University
Aug 2004May 2007

Associates of Arts, Music and Journalism

Barton County Community College

Awards

  • Wisconsin Public Health Association 2013 Media Award
  • 2013 Golden Gavel Certificate of Commendation