Meet Bree

I am a special collections librarian with a passion for cataloging and metadata.  I also love researching and writing about art.  As a result I dream of working in an art library or rare book collection.  I have earned a dual masters degree from Pratt Institute.  Their dual degree program combines a Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree with a History of Art and Design degree.  My graduate coursework for my MLIS  was focused on special collections librarianship, specifically archives, art and rare book librarianship.  While for my art history thesis I delved into the excellent abstraction work of Hilma af Klint and her occult philosophies.  I had the honor to work with my mentor  and friend, Dr. Cristina Pattuelli, as her graduate teaching assistant.

While in school I completed internships with numerous special collections institutions such as Poets House, the Frick Art Reference Library, The Burke Archives, and lastly the American Museum of Natural History Research Library.  Before entering graduate school I spent ten years as a paraprofessional librarian not only in the public library sector, but also as a school media specialist. During that time I also served on the Eagle Mountain City Public Library Board as a regular board member and then as Chairwoman for about 5 years.  I have had experience at all levels of librarianship.  I have also had the opportunity to attend Rare Book School (basically summer camp for adults who love rare books and special collections) at the University of Virginia to learn about Descriptive Bibliography from one of the best rare book teaching collections in the nation.

I worked for two years at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Hamm Archives as a Digital Assets Processing Archivist.  I managed the BAM Video Collection Preservation Project done in conjunction with the NYPL Performing Arts Library.  My other duties consisted of cataloging new records and improving old records for their digital assets.  These assests could include digital representations of objects (playbills, advertisements, etc…) held within their archival collection and esoteric non-tangible items like current and historical performances into their relational database powered by Collective Access.  Which is pretty cool!  It is too bad the database is not yet available to the public; the front end is still under construction, but I will link the database as soon as it is.

For 6 months prior to my current job I also worked in the KARMS department of New York University and cataloged their academic library assets into their MARC21/RDA content management system ALEPH.  I was lucky enough to be given a cart full of their foreign language materials (mostly Spanish), as well as art catalogs, textbooks, and literature to work on, putting to use all of the training I helped impart to graduate students via my graduate assistant position with Dr. Cristina Pattuelli.

I recently accepted a position at NBCUniversal for the NBC News Group in the Technology department.  Editors and Journalists at NBC enter news stories into NBC’s proprietary story collaboration tool, NewsConnect, tags are generated each time a story is entered and the tags are based on their in-house bespoke taxonomy.  I test the metadata output and help create taxonomy rules designed to assist in creating these auto-generated searchable tags.  This taxonomy also assists Editors in creating their own tags for these stories.  It’s a little removed from my beloved art scene, but it is the most technical librarian type job I have had the pleasure of working.  It is certainly putting that MLIS to work.

Explore the website to learn more about my projects and interests, including my SILS Master’s Practicum (thesis) on creating mutually beneficial internships for students and institutions based on my experience and research at the Burke Library Archives, finding aids, as well as research papers.  Please take a look at my resume for my full educational and work experience and browse through some of the extracurricular projects I have been involved with.

Just a note: anything in blue is a clickable link, that way you get to see more about the projects I have worked on.  Also if you click on something linked to my dropbox you do not need to sign up to view the object, just exit out of the “sign up/in” box and it will go directly to whatever you were looking for.  I apologize for this extra step, it is not something I can change.

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