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EDUCATION

Master of Science in Library and Information Science, Wayne State University, 2012

Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Michigan State University, 2007

 

EXPERIENCE

Marie Curie Research Fellow at HUYGENS ING 2014

The Hague, Netherlands

  • Undertook research into the development of long-term sustainability of digital scholarly edition publication and dissemination.
  • Collaborated with key Huygens staff to develop an understanding of the specific needs of scholarly editors and publishers.

National Digital Stewardship Resident at LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 2013-2014

Washington, DC

  • Undertook an institution-wide needs assessment at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, which involved survey, interview and focus group research; analyzed and synthesized research findings into a comprehensive report outlining the current local landscape with regards to digital asset management practices.
  • Worked on site at Dumbarton Oaks in order to develop recommendations for better digital asset management practices; developed a digital asset selection policy to advance the strategic development of institutional digital preservation.
  • Presented research findings, provided a digital preservation workshop to thirty staff members, and organized a special guest lecture.

Reference and Digital Services Librarian at NAZARBAYEV UNIVERSITY LIBRARY 2012 – 2013

Astana, Kazakhstan

  • Oversaw day-to-day operations of the NU Library Digital Centre, including the training and workflows of support staff; increased department productivity and consistently met challenging deadlines.
  • Managed the development of digital collections; solicited a large private donation of materials which led to the development of a special collection of Eurasian materials.
  • Headed Library User Experience Committee and the Nazarbayev University Institutional Repository Work Group; developed goals and mission statements, managed timelines, and led monthly meetings.
  • Researched international copyright laws in order to ensure the library’s adherence; educated faculty and staff on issues relating to copyright.
  • Provided research training and assistance for both students and faculty in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; led database training instruction sessions for undergraduate students.
  • Created subject-specific online research guides and performed collection development for economics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and the fine arts.

Development and Alumni Affairs Intern at WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY 2012

Detroit, Michigan

  • Undertook research on wealth indicators for development purposes; utilized SPSS software in order to discern patterns in the information of the university’s 100 most prominent donors.
  • Collaborated with departmental staff in order to initiate a digitization project to preserve important documents and making them accessible in the institution’s alumni management software, Banner.
  • Developed comprehensive research profiles utilizing specialized databases, online and print publications.

Reference Services Assistant at WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY 2011- 2012

Detroit, Michigan

  • Provided research and database training to students; resources included Gale, FirstSearch, ProQuest, EBSCO, Lexis-Nexis, and citation tools.
  • Assisted patrons in troubleshooting technology issues; worked with various web browsers, Microsoft Office 2010 programs, Windows and Apple products, and course management software.
  • Assisted with instruction sessions for Communications courses.

Director of Research at LE CHATEAU ART GALLERY 2010-2011

Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

  • Developed research profiles of procurements in order to support gallery sales personnel.
  • Employed art auction sites and catalogs in order to develop pricing models based on the art market.
  • Organized and maintained gallery records.

English Teacher at BUPYEONG HIGH SCHOOL and HANDDUTT ACADEMY 2008-2010

Seoul, South Korea

  • Developed curricula and led classes of varying size and ability.

Student Assistant at MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY VISUAL RESOURCES LIBRARY 2005-2007

East Lansing, Michigan

  • Assisted in the migration of resources to the Madison Digital Image Database (MDID).

 

PUBLICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

Dowding, H. & Reynolds, E. (2014). “The National Digital Stewardship Residency Program: A new model for digital preservation training.” Poster presented at NDSA Converge and Ingest 2014: Building a toolbox colloquium. Wayne State University: Detroit.

Dowding, H. (2014). “GLAMorizing digital preservation: Digital asset management at Dumbarton Oaks.” Presented as part of ‘State of Digital Preservation: Themes and Challenges as Examined by the National Digital Stewardship Residency Program.’ IMLS WebWise 2014: Baltimore.

Dowding, H. (2014). “GLAMorizing digital preservation: Digital asset management at Dumbarton Oaks.” Presented as part of the ALCTS Digital Preservation Group Meeting. ALA Midwinter 2014: Philadelphia.

Dowding, H. (2013). The role of the national university in developing nations’ cultural preservation: A perspective from Kazakhstan. OCLC Systems and Services: International Digital Library Perspectives, special issue on digital preservation, 30 (1), Emerald: ISSN: 1065-075X.

Pflager, J., King, E., & Dowding, H. (2013). User-centered design and reference services in international librarianship: A case study of Nazarbayev University Library. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, special issue on Digital Reference and the User Experience, Taylor and Francis: ISSN: 1540-4749.

 

TRAINING and PROJECTS

Medieval and Modern Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. Training provided by DiXiT, the Institute of English Studies (London), King’s College London, the University of Cambridge, and the Warburg Institute. April 28-May 2, 2014: Cambridge and London, UK.

NDSR Digital Preservation Immersion Workshop. Training provided by Nancy McGovern (MIT), Jacob Nadal (Brooklyn Historical Museum), Katherine Skinner (Educopia), and Trevor Owens (Library of Congress). September 3-13, 2013: Washington, DC.

MSU.seum: A geolocative cultural heritage mobile application for iOS. Created as part of the Michigan State University Cultural Heritage Informatics Field School. Summer 2011: East Lansing, MI.

 

SKILLS

Project Management: Expertise in managing all areas of a large-scale endeavor, including developing mission statements and goals, setting objectives and defining deliverables, meeting deadlines, and assessing outcomes.

Digital Curation and Preservation: Knowledge of the OAIS model and best practices in digital preservation.  Experience in training staff in practical implementation.

Digital Asset Management: Basic experience with Fedora and DSPACE.  Knowledge of various other systems developed from undertaking an initial system selection.

Metadata: Understanding of various metadata standards including METS, MODS, and MARC.  Expertise in Dublin Core standard.  Experience with AACR2 and controlled vocabularies such as Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN), and the Union List of Artist Names (ULAN).

Multimedia: Experience in digitization of books and archival materials based on best practices in the field.  Expertise in editing media using Adobe Pro X and Adobe Creative Suite.  Understanding of best practices in creating and managing digital audio-visual material.

Web: Proficient in creating, editing, and maintaining websites using HTML, iWeb, Drupal, and WordPress.  Experience using Google Analytics.

Web Languages: Basic understanding of creating and editing XML documents using Oxygen.  Experience with HTML.  Basic knowledge of Java and CSS.

 

AWARDS

Marie Curie Research Fellowship, European Commission, 2014

Sallie Ellison Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Wayne State University, 2012

Graduate Student Assistantship, Wayne State University, 2012

Dean’s List, Michigan State University, 2005-2007

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Editorial Committee Member, Code{4}Lib Journal

Member, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Member, American Libraries Association

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