Understanding and Serving Users
With four other students, developed a prototype website on health care resources for immigrants to the United States. Carried out literature review and user research, identified content most useful to intended audience, used iterative design to construct website prototype. Individual work focused on literature review and translating group members' design concepts into valid html and css code. For further information on my work in this class, please see the Understanding and Serving Users page.
Digital Media Collections
Designed a web-based digital video collection using Open Video Digital Library Toolkit. Selected and annotated videos on assigned topic of alternative medicine. Developed metadata schema for resource description and retrieval. Worked through multiple critiques and iterations to refine collection aesthetics and rhetoric and enhance user experience. For further information on my work in this class, please see the Digital Library page.
Problems in Long-Term Retention of Electronic Records
With two other students, processed a collection of 76 3.5-inch floppy disks dating from 1987 to 2000. Extracted files using iSchool Digital Archaeology Lab equipment. Extracted existing metadata and added metadata for long-term preservation and access. Described and arranged collection, preserving context. Ingested files into iSchool DuraSpace repository. For further information on my work in this class, please see the Digital Archives page.
Organizing and Providing Access to Information
Examined main concepts for organizing information in libraries and archives. Focused on describing, grouping, arranging, and relating objects. Developed a descriptive schema for information resources on indigenous Amazonian peoples and a subject classification for a small collection of resources on dog training.
Managing Information Organizations
Theory and practice of management in information organizations. Included project management, program evaluation, privacy and security, employee relations, public relations, and organizational communication. With two other students, wrote paper and prepared presentation on information and communication technologies in the workplace.
Introduction to Research in Information Studies
Qualitative and quantitative methods for research in information science. Included surveys, focus groups, interviewing, oral history, statistical analysis, and ethics. With four other students, developed a research design for investigating the relationship between public library programs and student achievement in neighboring public schools.
Descriptive Cataloging and Metadata
Current library cataloging systems and metadata schemas. History of cataloging systems including the development of card catalogs, AACR, and MARC. Practical experience with creation of MARC records. Introduction to RDA. Examination of other metadata schemas including ONIX. LCSH subject heading construction. Wrote paper on the use of ONIX in library settings.
Appraisal and Selection of Records
History and concepts of archival appraisal and selection of records. Wrote paper on digital repatriation projects, examining the negotiation of contrasting concepts of archival value between digital archivists and user communities in collaborative or participatory archives.
Introductory Technology and Structure of Records Materials: Materials in Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Conservation of materials commonly found in libraries, archives, and museums. Emphasis on paper, print, and photographs, as well as plastics and other contemporary materials. Observation of objects, analysis of weaknesses and damage, and planning for conservation. Wrote paper on microclimates as tools for conservation in hot and humid climates.
Archival Enterprise I
Book Lab I
Coursework at San Antonio College
Digital imaging using raster image editing and image creation software. Scanning, resolution, file formats, output devices, color systems, and image-acquisitions. Use of Adobe Photoshop for digital image creation and editing.
Programming Logic and Design
Solving programming problems using structured logic. Representation of algorithms in code, pseudocode, and flowcharts. Program testing, evaluation, and documentation. Introduction to C++ programming.
Use of Adobe Illustrator vector drawing program to create complex computer illustrations for web or print. Emphasis on design process from idea to finished illustration. Use of computer illustrations in communications and public relations. Posters, logos, book and magazine covers, and informational illustrations.