Collection Analysis at the Alexander Architectural Archive
This project utilized GIS (Geographic Information System) software to analyze collections at the Alexander Architectural Archive. Click here for a full description of this project.
Developing Tools for Stacks Management at the Alexander Architectural Archive
Developing New Methods for Web Archiving: Preserving the Dynamic Content of the iSchool Website
Blake Alexander Collection
Fall 2012 – Spring 2013
Over a two semester graduate research assistant position, completely processed the papers of Blake Alexander, the Alexander Architectural Archive’s namesake. Alexander was an architectural historian and faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin for forty years. As such, I worked with Faculty from the School of Architecture to explore Alexander’s work and understand how to organize the collection to make it most useful and accessible to researchers. I also worked with Archive staff to utilize the Collection for donor outreach and to develop exhibits and presentations based on the materials.
Full finding aid and additional collection information coming soon.
Digitization Grant Proposal
For a course assignment, wrote a fifteen-page grant proposal, in response to the Digitizing Historical Records grant program of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The grant proposal highlighted an actual collection of significant twentieth century architectural drawings, aiming to not only digitize them, but to set digitization cost standards for large scale drawings of their kind. The digitization grant proposal was shared with the institution housing the records, and is now being considered for submission.
Working in a group, used the Australian “Designing and Implementing Recordkeeping Systems” (DIRKS) to design an electronic record keeping system for a live subject. The project investigated subject’s functions, activities, transactions, and current electronic recordkeeping practices, then analyzed recordkeeping requirements and created a retention schedule based on their functions and activities. It then identified weaknesses in subject’s current electronic recordkeeping system, recommended tools and strategies for future recordkeeping system, and designed a new electronic recordkeeping system.
Austin HIstorical Survey Database and Website
Working with a partner, built a functioning, interactive web application using PHP and MySQL, for the Austin Historical Survey, a project started by The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture. The project included a full reevaluation of the complex data needs of the Survey, and the creation of a complex data structure. Click here to view the database schema.
Health Care Providers’ Attitudes Towards Online Appointment Scheduling Systems at Planned Parenthood
Worked with a team of three other students to conduct a research study evaluating the attitudes of health care providers at Planned Parenthood towards online appointment scheduling systems. The project included surveying of 425 employees of Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country. The analysis of the survey results culminated in a thirteen-page research paper along with recommendations made to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Online Services department. Click here for full paper.
Francisco Arumí-Noe Collection
At the Alexander Architectural Archive, processed, arranged, and described the papers of Francisco Arumí-Noe, faculty of The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture. Project work included creation of unique intellectual organization for professional, personal, and academic materials spanning four decades. The project culminated with creation of an inventory and finding aid, making the collection available to researchers. Click here for full finding aid.
Bonefish and Tarpon Trust
Worked with an Associate Professor and three other students to perform heuristic evaluations of the Internet and social media presence of Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, a non-profit organization committed to the protection of bonefish and tarpon habitats and fisheries, through education, scientific research, and state and federal regulation. We project made recommendations to the Board of Directors of the organization, resulting in a demonstrated interest from the organization in further collaboration with the School of Information to create a social media policy and use social media as a way to further their scientific message. Click here for presentation and click here for review notes.
Bertha Palmer Book Collection
At the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library, worked with a 130-item collection belonged to Bertha Palmer, a late-nineteenth-century Chicago socialite and philanthropist who moved to Sarasota in 1910. Palmer was also involved in the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, and worked with Melvil Dewey and the ALA to create the Exposition’s Women’s Building Library, a collection of over 8,000 books written by women. After completing condition assessments on the books in the Ringling’s collection and identifying items needing conservation, I began researching their provenance. The project culminated with tracking down other Palmer books at other libraries and personal collections, and establishing a plan to reconfigure the collection. Click here for a blog post about the project and click here for a copy of the project report.
Art Library Subject Guides
Wrote and implemented a series of ten of subject guides to introduce users to the Library’s 90,000-volume collection. Created a plan to disseminate these subject guides to the local university community in an effort to expose our collections to faculty for research use. Hosted faculty and staff from three local universities and demonstrated how to utilize these subject guides in their instruction. Also made plans to include subject guides in Museum galleries to support both permanent and temporary exhibits. You may view the subject guides here.