Taxonomist, Art Information Commons
Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA)
May 2019 – Present
- Participate in museum-wide committees and working groups
- Co-chair Metadata and Governance Group
- Co-chair Bias Remediation for Interpretation and Data Working Group
- Member Editorial Style Guide Inclusive and Anti-Racist Language Working Group (Artist Identity Terminology)
- Member Collection Resources and Information Group
- Member Collection Presentation and Information Group (website redesign)
- Representative PMA member on the editorial board for internationally accepted ontology Linked.Art
- Creation and implementation of controlled vocabularies, classifications, taxonomies, and ontologies for museum collections, library, archives, web, publications, and DAMS.
- Manage constituent data and controlled vocabularies in The Museum System (TMS), as well as, tags and controlled vocabularies in Cortex (DAMS) and Virtual Research Environment (VRE)
- Create taxonomies and thesauri in OpenTheso, a thesauri management tool, and .CSV as needed.
- Create training materials as needed.
- Establish review and governance practices related to institutional metadata and taxonomy management.
- Document workflows of staff and systems to be harmonized within our VRE (based on the open source platform ResearchSpace.)
- Map existing metadata to be presented as linked data and harmonized across all collections and the museum’s data management and content delivery systems.
- Align content and data with user needs and organizational metadata and standards
- Build content models and schemas
- Submit updates and new terms to Getty vocabularies (ULAN, AAT, CONA, TGN) with priority given to Black artists associated with PMA and Paper Conservation terminology.
- Plan and participate in multiple Art in Context symposia, Ask a Taxonomist event, and other training events associated with the Art Information Commons Initiative.
- Manage RFI process for choosing new Conservation Documentation System vendor.
Assistant Professor (Visiting)
Pratt Institute School of Information (iSchool), New York, NY
Fall 2016; Fall 2017 – Present
- Promoted from Instructor to Assistant Professor (Fall 2022)
- Course: Knowledge Organization (KO) offered Spring/Fall
- KO is a graduate level foundation course for students in the MLIS program.
- Provide an introduction to MARC21, RDA, Dublin Core, RDF, Linked Open Data, Authority Files, BIBFRAME, classification, categorization, taxonomies, ontologies, and other knowledge organization techniques.
- Class time is spent on student discussion of readings, lecture accompanied by slides, and in-class exercises meant to give students practical experience on knowledge organization tools.
- Curriculum Committee member (Academic Year 2022-2023)
Lead Data Librarian (Sr. Analyst)
NBC Emerging Technology Department; Semantic Data Services Team
NBCUniversal; NBC NewsGroup, New York, NY
November 2015 – March 2019
- Product owner of ontology/knowledge graph used for controlled vocabularies, natural language processing (NLP), and bespoke enterprise search application
- To improve journalist workflows and increase access to information across multiple Content Management Systems (CMS) and Media Asset Management (MAM) platforms used across NBC News divisions and CNBC.
- Responsible for enhancing the ontology and analyzing metadata of all future and current platforms to be ingested into our noSQL database and made accessible for search.
- Analyze and test capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques for processing video/audio assets via computer vision, NLP, and speech to text.
- QFD and POC documentation for an RFP process for AI/ML vendor search
- Evaluate the workflow of metadata creation throughout the life-cycle of NBC media assets in order to provide improved access to NBC created content through automation and AI/ML techniques.
- Evaluate editorial/ingest/archival workflows for the logging of media assets to look for ways to improve time spent and increase metadata creation.
- Collaborate and train knowledge graph users and provide technical and taxonomy support.
- Create informational, business driver, and workflow presentations.
- Write documentation including but not limited to: SOWs, best practices, runbooks, QFDs, POCs, analytics driven weekly newsletter, and teaching material.
- Familiar with Jira workflows for managing technology product releases.
Digital Assets Processing Archivist/Video Preservation Project Manager
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Hamm Archives, Brooklyn, NY
January 2014 – November 2015; April – June 2019
- Consultant (April-June 2019) Evaluate and provide recommendations on current records management best practices. Record creation for entities related to the DanceAfrica series.
- Project manager and liaison with the NYPL Performing Arts Library (LPA) for digitizing BAM’s collection of U-matic and DVCam tapes of performances from 1983-2011. (1165 tapes recording 675 performances)
- Oversaw retrieval and transfer of videotapes from LPA to MediaPreserve. Meticulously generated spreadsheets that informed the digital files embedded metadata, with information gleaned from NYPL catalog records and individual tape labels.
- Managed a historical research project in collaboration with Brooklyn Public Library and Brooklyn Daily Eagle that resulted in adding over 1000 productions and 2000 digital assets to our database.
- Record creation for entities, productions, and over 18,000 items of digitized film, programs, photographs and other promotional material related to BAM into CollectiveAccess the back-end CMS for the Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive.
- Metadata crosswalk mapping, digital asset cataloging guide, data and workflow statistics collection and reporting.
- Write and research for the BAM 150 blog. Blog entry can be found here: BAM blog
Academic Cataloger (Adjunct Faculty)
Knowledge Access & Resource Management Services (KARMS) New York University, New York, NY
June 2015 – October 2015
- Original and special cases cataloger
- Used MARC21, RDA, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and ClassWeb to fully catalog and assign call numbers to University assets into ALEPH.
- Cataloged primarily foreign language material. Mainly Spanish, but also French, German and Italian.
- Occasionally, cataloged art books, literature, non-fiction, textbooks, etc… including first ever cataloged USB drive attached to an art book.
Pratt Institute (SILS), Dr. Cristina Pattuelli, New York, NY
May 2012 – August 2014
- Assistant for LIS 653 Knowledge Organization, LIS 670 Cultural Heritage and LIS 608 Human Information Behavior.
- Prepare handouts, update syllabus/website/blog, substitute teach, review student work and lead the class labs/exercises on topics such as LOC authority files, subject headings, MARC21, RDA, VIAF, FRBR, Dublin Core, Connexion, RDA Toolkit & Classification Web.
- Train and supervise additional GA.
- Edit papers in preparation for submission to academic journals.
School Librarian/Media Specialist (7th – 12th grade)
Rockwell Charter High School, Eagle Mountain, UT
July 2008 – January 2010
- Cataloging the entire initial collection of 6000 materials into Microsoft Excel in preparation for migration to the administration program.
- Supervised 5 student assistants, 2 volunteers and a study hall.
- Organized and managed acquisition, distribution and recovery of all library books as well as student & teacher edition textbooks.
- Reader’s Advisory and homework help. Taught library use classes to students as per teacher request.
- Prepared budget reports, equipment requests and policy reports for Business Manager and Director.
Infobases, Provo, UT
September 1994 – September 1995
- Compared digital scans with the original primary source document to verify accuracy of scans.
- Researched and safely handled primary source documents considered for inclusion on CD at the National Archives.
- Bibliographic record enhancement and verification.
Multi-institution project including BYU (collaborative medical research data collection), Provo, UT & Washington D.C.
June 1992 – June 1994
- Safely handled rare Civil War regimental books and census records at the National Archives in Washington D. C. and Salt Lake City in order to verify previous research.
EXPERIENCE: INTERNSHIPS (2012-2014)
Digital Cataloging Intern
Brooklyn Academy of Music Hamm Archives, Brooklyn, NY
August 2013 – January 2014
- Record creation for entities, productions, and over 5,000 items of digitized film, programs, photographs and other promotional material related to BAM into Collective Access.
Visual Resources Cataloging Intern
American Museum of Natural History Research Library, New York, NY
June 2013 – August 2013
- Original cataloging of 116 photographs and digitized illustrations from the rare book collection for the Natural Histories exhibit online into Omeka using AMNH bespoke controlled vocabulary.
Burke Theological Library; Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY (Supervisor recommendation PDF)
September 2012 – December 2012
- Assess, organize and write finding aids according to DACS for the William Adams Brown Ecumenical Library Archives. See Publications section below for links to finding aids.
- Wrote finding aids according to DACS and processing guides created by Columbia University and Burke.
- Digital Asset Management (DAM) and cataloging of newly processed collections into Voyager.
- Used social media and wrote entries for the Archives blog to advertise those collections. For more information on this project see MLIS Practicum section under the Graduate Work tab.
Book Collection Intern
Frick Art Reference Library (FARL), New York, NY
May 2012 – August 2012
- Material retrieval and preparation for digitization for the Brill project.
- Bibliographic record enhancement, review and quality control.
Library Intern Poets House, New York, NY
February 2012 – August 2012
- Authored a brief guide for original cataloging (MARC21) to be used with interns.
- Bibliographic record enhancement, review and quality control for over 2000 items.
- Weeding and shelving as needed.
EXPERIENCE: VOLUNTEER WORK
Volunteer Librarian; Chairperson / Secretary of the EM City Library Board of Trustees
Eagle Mountain Public Library (EMPL), Eagle Mountain, UT
Feb. 2000 – July 2003; July 2004 – Aug. 2010
- Managed a team of 5 members as chairperson of the board (2000-2003) as we sought and earned state certification. “Directions for Utah Libraries: New Library Certified” May 2002
- Participated in the creation of a Certification Manual for use by the Utah State Library Board for instructing other libraries wishing certification. (EMPL was the first non-county library to be certified in 25 years and prior to this the state did not have a working certification manual.)
- As secretary of EM Library Board wrote agendas, scheduled meetings, met with State Library Board members and City Council members; attended training seminars on Board duties. (2004-2010)
- As librarian participated in copy cataloging and bibliographic record enhancement in Alexandria LMS and SirsiDynix LMS, reference work, Inter-Library loan, reader’s advisory, weeding and shelving as necessary. (2004-2010)
Charter School Board Secretary
Ranches Academy, Eagle Mountain UT
September 2002 – May 2004
- Wrote agendas, scheduled meetings, and transcribed the minutes of the monthly meetings; attended training seminars on Board duties.
Master of History of Art (MS)
Pratt Institute; New York, NY
August 2012 – December 2014 (Graduated: May 2015)
- Fall 2014
HA 605 Thesis–Hilma af Klint: The Medium of Abstraction
- Pratt Graduate Thesis Symposium “Hilma af Klint: The Medium of Abstraction.” YouTube presentation recording.
- Spring 2014
HA 507 Women in Art
HA 511 Picasso/Matisse Seminar (Matisse and the Alhambra term paper)
HA 605 Thesis on Hilma af Klint (in progress until December 2014)
- Fall 2013
HA 551 Intro to Islamic Art and Architecture
HA 640 Aspects of Japanese Design
HA 517 Documentary Film
HA 602 Theory and Methodology
- Spring 2013
HA 651 Intro to Painting Conservation (completed St. Michael painting w/ gilding and in egg tempera technique)
HA 504 Aegean and Greek Art
- Fall 2012
HA 650 Artists Materials, Techniques, & Conservation (Dr. Eleonora Del Federico professor of Chemistry) Egyptian Green Experiment
Master of Library and Information Science
Pratt Institute School of Information
January 2011 – April 2013 (Graduated: May 2015)
- Special Collections focus: Archives Certificate; Museum Libraries Certificate
- Spring 2013
LIS 670 Cultural Heritage: Access and Description
LIS 675 Museum and Library Education Outreach
- Fall 2012
LIS 654 Information Technologies
LIS 698 Practicum (Archivist Intern Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary)
- Spring 2012
LIS 625 Management of Archives/Special Collections
LIS 632 Conservation and Preservation
LIS 663 Metadata: Description and Access
- Fall 2011
LIS 653 Knowledge Organization
LIS 667 Art Librarianship
LIS697 Rare Books
- Spring 2011
LIS 652 Info Services & Resources
LIS 651 Information Professions
Bachelor of Arts in American Studies
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
1990 – 1994
- June 2022, MuseumNext Conference, “Diversifying the Narrative through Digital Collections” co-presenter with Juliet Vinegra, Marge Huang, and Dr. Synatra Smith.
- May 2022, Philadelphia Museum of Art, “Art in Context: Identity, Ethics, and Insight (part 2)” (Co-organizer)
- November 2021, Philadelphia Museum of Art “Art in Context: Identity, Ethics, and Insight” (Co-organizer and Presenter)
- December 2020, ICOM CIDOC Conference “Digital Transformation of Art Museums: A View to the Future” co-presenter with Kristen Regina.
- February 2020, Philadelphia Museum of Art “Art in Context: Collaborating Around the Collection” (Co-Organizer)
- November 2019, Philadelphia Museum of Art “Ask a Taxonomist–Between Two Ferns” (Writer, Interviewee, Presentation) YouTube event video.
- September 2019, Philadelphia Museum of Art “Art Information Commons” presentation to Digital Library Federation: Museums Cohort
- May 2019, Pratt Institute: “Archiving Dance” panel discussion with Stephanie Neel (Archive PM at Mark Morris Dance Group)
- December 2018, NBC Tech Talk: “Semantic Search” with Joseph Su and Brian Zatz.
- April 2018, UXPA@Pratt Content Strategy Symposium “You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Leveraging (bad) metadata for asset discoverability.”
- April 2018, NBCU Technology: TechConnect Video “Semantic Search.”
- April 2018, NBCU Elevate 2018 Conference “Semantic Search” with Scott Drake, Joseph Su, and Brian Zatz.
- Midavaine, Bree. Semantic Web in Libraries Conference Summary Report. Blog Post. Philadelphia Museum of Art. January 2020. Web.
- Midavaine, Bree. Setting the Scene: An Environmental Scan for the Art Information Commons Initiative at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. White Paper. Philadelphia Museum of Art: Library & Archives. August 2019. Web. GitHub: Art Information Commons
- Midavaine, BreeAnn. WAB: American Bilateral Conversations Records, 1932-1975. The Burke Library Archives, Columbia University Libraries, 22 October 2012. Web.
- Midavaine, BreeAnn. MRL#3: Arunodaya: The Autobiography of Bãbã Padamanjí, 1944. The Burke Library Archives, Columbia University Libraries, 22 October 2012. Web.
- Midavaine, BreeAnn. WAB: Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America Records, 1905-1971. The Burke Library Archives, Columbia University Libraries, 4 December 2012. Web.
- Midavaine, BreeAnn. WAB: State Council of Churches Records, 1943-1974. The Burke Library Archives, Columbia University Libraries, 10 December 2012. Web.
WORKSHOPS AND CERTIFICATIONS
- March 2022, Pratt Institute, “Next Steps in Putting DEI into Action in Curriculum & Teaching”
- February 2022, Flemish Art Collection, Ghent, “IIIF Artwork Condition Annotation: Flemish Art Collection.”
- December 2021, Linked Pasts VII “Hands on Workshop Taxonomies” (2 day workshop on taxonomy building in SKOS/TTL and GitHub creation), Ghent University
- August 2021, Gallery Systems “TMS Systems Admin Training” (3 day training sessions)
- July 2021, “LD4 2021 Conference on Linked Data“
- April 2021, SILKNOW, “Workshop on the Best Practices for Cataloging of Textiles and Data Management.”
- April 2021, Pratt Institute, “Decolonizing the Curriculum.”
- February 2021, The Treatment Roundtable, “Book Conservation Documentation and Linked Data”
- Jan 2021-present, Philadelphia Museum of Art, every Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access workshop, presentation, and webinar presented by the Office of DEIA
- July 2020, “LD4 2020 Conference on Linked Data in Libraries“
- April-June 2020, “CS520: Knowledge Graphs–How should AI explicitly represent knowledge” 10 week online seminar by Department of Computer Science, Stanford University, Spring 2020
- March-April 2020, “Wikidata: Elevate Your Collections” 5 week online course. Certificate
- January 2020, “Linked.Art Editorial Board Meeting” Philadelphia, PA.
- November 2019, “SWIB (Semantic Web in Libraries) Conference” Hamburg, GE
- October 2019, “Linked.Art Showcase/Editorial Board Meeting” London & Oxford, UK
- August 2019, “OpenRefine Workshop” Webinar
- December 2018, “The AI Summit” New York, NY
- May 2018, “Machines + Media” NYC Media Lab, New York, NY
- May 2018, “Working with Open Data: How APIs [and Python] Work METRO, New York, NY
- April 2018: Day 1 “Searching Through Seeing: Optimizing Computer Vision Technology for the Arts” The Frick Collection, New York, NY
- November 2017, “How do Search Engines Work” METRO, New York, NY
- September 2017, “Bibliographic Data as Linked Open Data: The BIBFRAME initiative” METRO, New York, NY
- August 2017, “Linked Open Data Workflow with OpenRefine” METRO, New York, NY
- April 2016, “Enterprise Workflow meets Enterprise DAM” Given by Henry Stewart Events: DAM Global Events, Webinar
- March 2016, “Cataloging, Gender, and RDA Rule 9.7:A” Given by Amber Billey and Emily Drabinski at METRO, New York, NY
- March 2016, “Metadata Madness: Media & Entertainment Interoperability Summit” Given by the MESA Alliance at the Microsoft Technology Center, New York, NY
- February 2016, “Selling UX” Given by Nadaleen Tempelman-Kluit from NYU at METRO, New York, NY
- October 2014, “Collective Access Advanced Workshop” METRO, New York, NY
- Fleisher Art Memorial Classes, Philadelphia, PA
- April 2022 “What Lies Beneath: 5 Films by Bong Joon-ho”
- March 2022 “Polaroid Transfers”
- January 2022 “Small Frame Weaving”
- July 2021 “Ecological Land Art at FDR Park”
- July 2012, “Introduction to the Principles of Bibliographic Description” Given by David Whitesell, Rare Book School at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
- July 2011, “Book Conservation & Repair” NYPL, New York, NY
- Fall 2005 “Coptic and French Link Stitch Bookbinding” Provo, Utah
COMPUTER and RELATED SKILLS
- SmartLogic Semaphore
- AP Taxonomies
Library/Content Management Systems & Standards
- OrangeLogic: Cortex DAMS
- OCLC Connexion
- Classification Web
- RDA/RDA Toolkit
Metadata & Vocabularies
- Getty Vocabularies
- Dublin Core
- Office Suite
- Atlassian JIRA
Programming Languages & Tools (working knowledge)
- Natural Language Processing and other Machine Learning tools
- Reading Comprehension: French, Spanish