Curriculum Vitae 


July 2016 - PRESENT
University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis, MN - Umbra Search Metadata and Digitization Lead

  • Managing digitization workflow for over a quarter of a million records across 120 archives and rare books collections
  • Supervising seven student workers on digitization and quality control
  • Overseeing copyright, fair use, and other access documentation for all newly digitized records
  • Editing and enhancing over 3,000 metadata records
  • Presenting on the project and its findings at multiple national conferences

August 2015-June 2016
Black Film Center/Archive, Bloomington, IN - Graduate Assistant

  • Leading discussions and tours of the archives for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Research,  copyright contact, and writing for two successful film screening proposals
  • Reference interviews and research for visiting scholars
  • Archival processing for the Phil Moore Music Manuscript Collection

August 2015-May 2016
Monroe County Historical Society, Bloomington, IN - Research Library Assistant

  • Cataloging new special collections acquisitions into both TMS and a traditional card catalog
  • Digitizing and transcribing miscellaneous  oral history recordings from cassette tape
  • Designing  and launching "A New Place to Roost: The Lake Monroe Oral History Project
    • Researching content from research holdings and archival records
    • Selecting and editing audio
    • Creating new oral history transcripts
    • Writing exhibit text 

October 2014 - June 2015
Theatre Historical Society of America, Elmhurst IL - Programs Director

  • Serving as Managing Editor for Marquee Magazine 
    • Layout design for quarterly publication
    • Recruiting and corresponding with contributors
    • Staff writing articles
    • Researching to source images from archival collections
  • Organizing the 2015 Theatre Conclave Tour with responsibilities including
    • Arranging tour dates for over 20 historic theaters in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
    • Negotiating transportation and dining contracts in multiple cities with a $58,000 budget 
    • Managing the on-the-ground tour experience for 85 attendees over one week

June 2014 - October 2014
National Museum of African American History and Culture Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. - Mellon Curatorial Conservation Intern

  • Object research for cataloging and conservation purposes leading to updated records and  citations 
  • Mixed media conservation for woods, papers, paints and plastics

August 2013 - May 2014
Department of Ethnomusicology, Bloomington, IN - Instructional Assistant, E295 “Survey of Hip Hop

  • Grading essays and exams for 80-90 students a semester 
  • Holding office hours to work with students on writing and research 
  • Creating and leading lectures on women and sexuality in hip hop

August 2011 - May 2013
Archives of African American Music and Culture, Bloomington, IN - Graduate Assistant

  • Collaborative design and writing for four exhibits 
  • Archival processing for numerous collections including manuscript, ephemera, and audio recordings
  • Creating EAD compliant finding aids and updating legacy finding aids
  • Interviewing collection’s donors and creating written transcripts 


August  2011 - May 2016
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN- Master of Library Science & Master of the Arts, Ethnomusicology 

  • Research on African American history in digital archives
    • Graduate thesis "'Evah Dahkey is a King:' In Dahomey and the Commodification of Black Authenticity" focused on a digital methodology for archival fieldwork
  • Practicum with the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive
    • Designed a set of educational guides for archival collection of Black public television series from the 1960s and 1970s
  • Practicums with the Mathers Museum of World Cultures
    • Cataloged objects from North Africa into Filemaker Pro and PastPerfect 
    • Co-curated with team to write, design, and install exhibit on Ojibwe arts

August  2007 - May 2011
Mills College, Oakland, CA - BA with Honors, Music Performance


International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US, Interview Series; 2012, 2013, 2017 

Acid Free; Los Angeles Archivist Collective Magazine, Upcoming Issue, Fall 2017

  • “Untitled Article on Digitizing African American Hidden Collections”

Parameters, December 2016

Umbra Search Blog, October 2016- Present

Black Camera, Fall 2016  (link accessible to Project Muse subscribers)

Digital Exhibit designed for Monroe County Historical Society, Spring 2015

Theatre Historical Society of America, February 2015-June 2015

Digital Exhibit designed for Ozarks Afro-American History Museum, Summer 2013

  • Ozarks Afro-American History Museum Online
    • Managing photography and scanning of museum objects
    • Metadata creation for digital objects
    • Conducted oral history with curator to enhance description
    • Wrote exhibit text to contextualize collection


Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, 2017 - Panel Chair

  • Open Forums: SAA Diversity Committee

Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting, 2017 - Panel Chair

  • Paths to Discovery: Programs Bringing African American Collections to Stakeholder Communities

DPLAFest, 2017 - Working Session Facilitator

  • Lost in Aggregation: Towards Inclusive Metadata and Descriptive Practices in Digital Collections

Transforming Public History from Charleston to the Atlantic World, 2017 - 
Paper Presentation

  • Collaboration to Create Black Digital Spaces: Umbra Search and Aggregating African American History

Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016 - Panelist

  • Making the Invisible Visible: Activating Black History Through Digital Storytelling

Association for the Study of African American History and Life, 2016  - Panelist

  • An Honest Reckoning: [Digital?] Sites for Black History and Research Scholarship

Emory University, 2016 - Panelist

  • Black Archives Now: Collaboration, Access, and Use

Indiana University Cinema, 2016 - Discussion Panelist

  • Black Journal: The Black G.I. / No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger

Professional Engagement

Council on Library and Information Research

  • Standing Review Panelist for “Recordings at Risk” Grant

Digital Library Federation

  • 2017 HBCUs/Liberal Arts Colleges DLF Forum Pre-Conference Planning Committee

Society of American Archivists 

  • 2017-2018 Archivists and Archives of Color Section Co-Chair/Chair Elect
  • 2016-2017 Diversity Committee Intern Appointment


Friends of the Libraries Staff Development Grant

Digital Library Foundation/Kress Foundation GLAM Cross-Pollinator Fellow