C.V.

Profile

Resourceful, well-travelled professional Archivist with rich administrative experience, including website content & social media management.


Qualifications

MSc Information Management & Preservation (Digital)/(Archives & Records Management)
University of Glasgow, November 2017

  • Awarded Distinction
  • Dissertation Titled: “An idea consistently in transition: A Study on Narrative Slippage within the Women’s Playhouse Trust collection”
  • Records & Information Management; Digital Curation; 2D Digitisation; Law & Cultural Institutions

B.A. (Hons) Social Sciences (Sociology with History)
Glasgow Caledonian University, June 1999

  • Awarded 2:1
  • Dissertation Titled: “Acculturation of diasporic Eastern European Jews in Upper New York State”

Freelance Archival Work

1418NOW: Imperial War Museum, London, UK       March 2019 – June 2019
30 days contract cataloguing the Jeremy Deller “we’re here because we’re here” project

  • Cataloging on AdLib
  • Appraisal & weeding of digital materials

Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol, UK      April 2019 – May 2019
10 days contract cataloguing the “100 Years of Knowle West Style” project

  • Cataloging on AtoM
  • Appraisal & weeding of analogue materials

Other Archival Work Experience

Assistant Archivist (Cultural Collections Library Moves Project)         Dec 2017 – March 2019
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, Bristol, UK

  • Retrospectively managing the migration of data to CALM archival software; Cataloging on CALM
  • Locations audit: problem-solving, establishing provenance & copyright,
  • Appraisal & weeding, manually moving boxes and repackaging
  • Web content management on T4 platform, information and graphic design

Assistant Archivist (Cataloguer – Women’s Playhouse Trust Collection) Apr 2017 – Dec 2017
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, Bristol, UK

  • Appraisal & weeding, manually moving boxes and repackaging
  • Cataloging on CALM archival software
  • Supervising volunteers and social media outreach

Archivist / Website Development Lead Oct 2016 – Mar 2017
Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery; Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India

  • Co-ordinating the construction of new website: information and project management,
  • Content writing, editing, graphic design.

Project Intern – Doors Open Days June 2016 – Sept 2016
Scottish Civic Trust; Glasgow, UK                                                                          

  • Developing online and print marketing.
  • Streamlining coordination and initiating participation of new venues.
  • Role funded by the Scottish Government’s Festival of Architecture 2016.

Volunteer Archive Assistant / Cataloguer Nov 2015 – June 2016
South Lanarkshire Council Archives; East Kilbride, UK

  • Appraisal, weeding, cataloging.
  • Digital forensics and retro conversion of retrieved CALM database.

Volunteer Archive Assistant / Cataloguer (2-week University Placement) Nov 2015
The National Theatre Archive; Southbank, London, UK

  • Appraisal, weeding, cataloging on CALM archival software.

Full Time Website Content Manager / Archival Administration Lead Mar 2009 – Feb 2015
Tushita Meditation Centre; McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh, India

  • Website writer & editor
  • Archival & social media management,
  • Graphic design
  • Ad-hoc role coverage

Other Work Experience

English as a Second Language Teacher            1999 – 2015
Various; UK & International

  • I alternated paid ESL work (in Japan, South Korea, China, Spain & the UK) with semi-voluntary archival administration work in India, building up around 6 years of teaching experience.

Casual Front of House Assistant / Contracted Administrator / Ballet Dresser
June 1997 – Jan 2010        Theatre Royal (Scottish Opera); Glasgow, UK   

  • Taking tickets, showing patrons to seats, while a student. Returned often between travels in different casual positions: from constructing databases in the finance department to helping the ballet dancers into their tutus.

Transferable Skills

  • IT: Axiell CALM, EAD, XML, HTML
  • MS Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook
  • CMS: T4, Joomla, WordPress, Umbraco
  • Graphic Design: GIMP, CorelDraw, Photoshop

Time Management

  • Fulfilled Doors Open Days agenda of events in all 32 Scottish local authority areas.
  • Delivered DGL website after 6 years of previous roadblocks.

Communication

  • 6+ years of ESOL Teaching experience
  • Regular public speaking to 70+ people on Tushita courses

Social Media Management

  • Tushita 2009 – 2015 (Facebook)
  • @DoorsOpenDays 2016
  • @TribeofDoris 2018
  • @OndyWillson 2019

Teamwork and Initiative

  • Built both above websites in collaboration with web-developer while coordinating input from variety of vested stakeholders.
  • Core team member of SCT CakeFest 2016!

Problem solving

  • Coordinating complex data migration and location audit in preparation for “Library Moves” at Bristol Theatre Collection.