I am currently a Master's student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I'm specializing in digital curation and focus on Digital Humanities. I work as a Graduate Assistant at Grainger Engineering Library at U of I, where I provide reference services to patrons and work on various library projects. My current project work includes Emblematica Online, Digitizing Serialized Fiction (a U of I Library project that finds and collects newspaper fiction), and a Digital Management Plan research project at Grainger.
Prior to my enrollment at GSLIS, I earned a Master's Degree in Modern American History, a specialization Women & Gender Studies, and a certificate in Digital Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My primary research interest there was in masculinity, militarism, and the role of warfare in developing male citizenship. While at Nebraska, I served as Project Manager for History Harvest at UNL. This position, combined with my digital thesis, allowed me the opportunity to design and encode scholarship for the web, and to think about future methods of scholarship creation and distribution.
I aim to take my diverse education in historical scholarship, digital theory, and digital information management and embark on a career in an academic library, working alongside other librarians and scholars to structure digital data and knowledge in a way that enables humanistic research and use of computing to find, manipulate, and analyze information.