My interest in Information Studies began after I was hired as a Student Archivist in the Special Collections & University Archives at Abilene Christian University. After working and being promoted to Processing Supervisor over two and a half years, I decided to pursue a Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS) in the School of Information (iSchool) at The University of Texas at Austin. My studies in the iSchool have broadened my interests and skills in the Information Studies field.
I will begin working as a Government Information Analyst in the State and Local Records Managemment (SLRM) Division at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) after I graduate from the iSchool with an MSIS in May.
- Led weekly writing workshops for 32 undergraduate Engineering students
- Graded writing assignments, and helped coordinate communication between 96 students and 3 TAs
- Researched and analyzed solutions available to address long-term information needs
- Provided recommendations for solutions that will best fit information governance needs
- Digitized Human Resources (HR) records for easier access in UTBox, and created a workflow for future employees to follow
- Developed and proposed a records management policy for the HR records
- Evaluated long term-records needs for business groups through surveys and discussions
- Facilitated data gathering interviews in order to update data maps for file plan development
- Conducted legal research for records retention schedules to achieve industry best-practices
- Processed archival materials for the Texas Jewish Historical Society (TJHS) Records
- Designed and implemented a new filing structure for the TJHS Records in ArchivesSpace
- Assisted students with reference questions and database searches
- Helped students locate materials, and oversaw the library circulation desk
- Appraised, processed, and organized collections of 20th and 21st century archival records
- Prepared inventory lists and created finding aids for archival collections
- Communicated with patrons concerning research requests in person and through email
Endorsement of Specialization: Archives & Records Management
Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power for about 90 percent of the state’s electric load. Working as a Records Management Specialist this semester for ERCOT’s Information Governance program, I performed research and proposed solutions to meet the company’s long-term information needs. This included research on industry standards, vendors, and third-party solutions for long-term digital preservation of information. Deliverables included a business justification document, a draft set of business requirements that can be used for a future RFI or RFP, an executive summary of the work performed, and a recommendation to ERCOT’s upper management.
Working in a group of three, we produced a web-based application that uses a MariaDB database to provide information to the user. We used information on Texas State Parks as our data set. The final project can be viewed here.
Working in a group of four, we arranged and described the Jody Conradt Papers at the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports at The University of Texas at Austin using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS). Deliverables included an appraisal report, processing plan, inventory, and finding aid. The finding aid and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) are on the Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) website and can be viewed here.