RFID PROJECT: In 2014, I undertook a long-term project for the Art & Architecture Library. In prepapration for a future move, and to fall in line with current digital library technologies, the library decided to fit the collection with radio frequency identification tags. My task was to hire and train five temps, oversee the two-year budget, develop workflows as needed, problem-solve issues, and make sure each item in the roughly 160,000 piece collection, including special collections, was fitted with a functioning RFID tag. While the project took eight months to finish, I completed it ahead of time and under budget.
NEWSLETTER PROJECT: During my internship in the Archives & History Office at SLAC National Linear Accelerator, a government agency, I created a special collection of newsletters dating from the 1960s to the 2000s.
E-LEARNING TUTORIAL: As an information literacy intern and virtual employee at Credo Reference, an award-winning library vendor, I created e-learning tutorials and tools, much like the one seen here.
EPORTFOLIO: Instead of writing a graduate thesis, I opted to create an eportfolio in order to better show my versatility: it features the kind of writing, multimedia projects, presentations, and research that helped me succeed in graduate school.
PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLOTHING DRIVE: In 2017 my daughter and I started a large-scale clothing donation project that we are hoping to continue and possibly develop into a non-profit. Targeting local women's needs with local women's contributions, we crowd-source professional clothing items from our network on a semi-annual basis. The donations go to two women-positive organizations: LifeMoves; a local, largely secular shelter focused on addressing problems of homelessness in the Bay Area, and Support the Girls, a national distributor of undergarments and menstrual hygiene products collected for women experiencing housing insecurities.
RUNNING: Once I needed a metaphor for life, and running seemed as good a choice as any, although at the time I did not realize how important running would become to me. A constant companion, training is what keeps me sane and fit, and races function as the markers that divide the year and give me challenging but achievable goals. Running is perhaps the most freeing of human physical expressions, and relieves the tensions of mind, heart and soul: it is contemplative, natural, and irrepressible.
KNITTING: As a lifelong knitter, I have developed an appreciation and respect for tenderly crafted items; often humble, quotidian things, albeit no less worthy of the creator's care and time than other, more precious things. Over the years, knitting has allowed me to develop a great sense of patience, as well as a mastery of the creative process, problem-solving skills and an attention to detail yet unrivaled. I have enjoyed many hours lost in the meditative process of turning string into three-dimensional objects, and visualizing the big picture by way of the minutest detail.
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