After one year as a part-time tech developer for one digital project, Madison Historical, I was hired as the IRIS Center technician to support the technical needs of multiple additional projects, including Digital East St. Louis, Conversation Toward a Brighter Future 2.0, and Forgotten Illinois. As the technician, I am also responsible for giving advice and support to SIUE faculty and students creating their own digital projects, and I provide general technical support for the center. I have also proofread several successful federal grants and written successful community contracts and interal grants.
My first position after graduating from SIUE was tech developer for Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois. The project is coordinated by the History department at SIUE and is facilitated by the IRIS Center. As the tech developer, I developed the website for the project, including the encyclopedia and digital archive, along with their interface. I also created the project's standards for digitization and the controlled vocabulary for the digital archive.
My role as an archives assistant was focused on the extensive Eugene B. Redmond Collection at SIUE's Lovejoy Library. Redmond is the Poet Laureate of East St. Louis, Illinois, and prominent member of the Black Arts Movement. His collection documents both his work and his relationships with other members of the Black Arts Movement. I helped catalog and organize the collection, and I played a role in the early development of the collection's finding aid.
As a collections volunteer for the St. Clair County Historical Society in Belleville, Illinois, I cataloged the society's extensive collection of documents, photographs, and objects related to the history of St. Clair County. I separated objects from flat artifacts like documents and photographs and gave them catalog entries in the society's PastPerfect catalog software.
I first joined the SIUE student newspaper, The Alestle, as a copy editor, and gradually gained wide-ranging journalism experience. I reported on a number of campus issues, including a potential smoking ban, the reliability of campus Wi-Fi, and the treatment of wildlife on campus. As the opinion editor I was responsible for assigning editorials to reporters and creating the layout of the opinion section. As the Online Editor, I published our articles online and promoted them on Facebook and Twitter.