Margaret E. Collins
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
I am a technology-savvy Information Specialist with over nine years of experience
working in libraries, most recently at the National Library of Canada and the Library of
Congress, where I have been involved with digital imaging and making collections available
on the World Wide Web. I am an independent Web developer who through self-motivation has become a Web presence through the use of Internet publicity and created money generating sites through direct campaigning of advertisers. I am a quick study in
computing applications, have technical writing experience, and am productive, efficient, and
organized in my work.
I am looking for a library, information, or web-related position in the Toronto area.
Masters of Library and Information Science
University of Maryland, 1995
- A technology-driven Information Science Masters program concentrating in teaching
modern information technology applications as well as the foundations of traditional Library
- Relevant course work: reference, cataloguing, archives, preservation, advanced online
database design, networking, and HTML authoring/web development
- Received full scholarship and stipend due to my academic record and high GRE
Bachelor of Arts, English and Music double major
Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota,
(4 year University-level program)
- DeWitt Wallace Scholarship (for achievement before college)
- Walter A. Lienke Scholarship, R. F. Livingston Scholarship (for achievement in college)
- Graduated Magna Cum Laude
WEB DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE
Author of Internet
Card Central, created in March 1996
- Recognized that electronic postcards were an aspect of the Web that existed in many
were not indexed anywhere. Used my advanced searching skills to collect these sites and create
an annotated index.
- Launched a strong Web-publicity campaign submitting my URL to search engines, USENET
groups, Web award pages, and computing publications. As a result, I have received many
awards, been featured in publications such as Yahoo Internet Life and The Net, and have a
rapidly increasing hit rate.
- Contacted and negotiated with advertisers to find a sponsor for
my page and through perseverance turned it into a revenue-generating enterprise.
Author of www.canadajobs.com
- Used sites found in job hunting research to create job hunting web indexes for Ottawa and Toronto
- Am plannning on expanding the concept to other major cities in Canada
February 1997 - October 1997 (contract position)
Unit Leader, phase two, Glenn Gould Digitizing Project, National Library of Canada
- Co-ordinated with project supervisor about day-to-day activities of the unit, workflow, deadlines, statistics, status reports, etc.
- Oversaw daily work of the unit including scanning of images, markup of texts, and preparing video for inclusion on the Glenn Gould website
- Searched bibliographic and discographic sources and verified citations to create a detailed Glenn Gould bibliography and discography for the website
October 1995 - January 1997
National Digital Library Technician, Library of
- Worked with other members of the Library of Congress National Digital Library Team
personnel from the IBM Corporation's Watson Research Center Image Applications Group to digitize and
access to artifacts from the Works Progress Administration Federal Theater Project
an archive of materials relating to Depression-era theatrical productions.
- Operated a high-resolution prototype scanner given to the Library by
IBM for this project.
Worked with IBM in developing ideas for improvement in the scanning hardware and software,
which are being developed in conjunction with this project.
- Wrote technical documentation of procedures for the equipment as I helped develop them,
trained others to use the equipment and software.
- After scanning was started without a plan for a database to retrieve the images, I took the
initiative and designed one myself, knowing it would eventually be necessary. I presented
my database to IBM personnel and Library management, and it was adopted and will be used as
a basis for retrieval for the online collection. My taking this step has saved this project a very
large amount of time and effort.
- Gave demonstrations on the use of the imaging technology and its applications for library
administrators, outside tour groups, and a television documentary on digital libraries.
- Was trained in SGML markup and DTD creation in order to create an online version of the
collection's two-hundred page index. This document uses the Encoded Archival Description DTD and will be
presented online with the collection with
links to images.
- Did writing, graphic design, and coding of the HTML pages for presentation and searching
the collection on the Web. These pages will be online along with the digital collection in early
June 1995 - September 1995; May 1994 - February 1995
Junior Fellow/Music Specialist, Library of
Congress Music Division
- Chosen as one of about twenty-five Junior Fellows in a very competitive internship program
from a pool of several hundred applicants.
- Assessed, wrote a work plan for, processed, did conservation of, wrote a finding aid for, and
answered reference questions about the Damrosch family papers, a set of archives consisting of
correspondence, personal papers, and music manuscripts.
- Hired as a Music Specialist to finish my project after the summer fellowship.
- Hired again in June 1995 to do similar work on the Leonard Bernstein collection.
February 1995 - June 1995
Librarian, TeleSec Library Services contract agency
Original cataloguing on the computerized OCLC network of:
February 1995 - May 1995
Reference Librarian, Gelman Library, George
- Answered a wide variety of questions in at a fast-paced reference desk, including many
with business and financial topics as well as liberal arts subjects
- Helped students and faculty use the ALADIN online catalogue, LEXIS/NEXIS, several
databases, and OCLC's FirstSearch
September 1993 - May 1994
Retrospective Cataloguer, McKeldin Library, University
- Did original and adapted copy cataloguing of books and microforms using
May 1990 - May 1993
Cataloguing Aide, DeWitt Wallace
Library, Macalester College
- Did cataloguing of books and sound recordings using OCLC
- Maintained the Dynix online catalogue system
- Classified music and Spanish language materials
- Supervised and trained student staff
- Processed library materials
September 1989 - May 1990
Acquisitions Aide, DeWitt Wallace
Library, Macalester College (promoted to above position)
- Searched for holdings in Books in Print and OCLC
- Processed orders to publishers and vendors
- Received shipments of library materials
February 1988 - September 1989
Library Page (promoted to Clerk) Indianapolis Public Library
- Maintained shelves and worked at circulation desk
- Experience with HTML, SGML, CGI scripts, Java, and UNIX
- Experience using DOS, Windows, OS2, and Macintosh platforms
- Thorough knowledge of WordPerfect
- Experience working with Paradox, QuattroPro, and ProCite
- Experience with graphics packages such as Photoshop, Paintshop, and Corel Draw
- Online searching experience in numerous databases including LEXIS/NEXIS and Dialog
- Extensive experience and interest in finding information on the Internet
- Ability to learn new computer applications quickly and easily
- Fluent in Spanish, currently enrolled in an intensive French class
Dr. S. Timothy Maloney
Director, Music Division
National Library of Canada
395 Wellington Street
Information Technology Services
Library of Congress
Washington DC, 20540
Head of Technical Services
Macalester College Library
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
George Washington University
2130 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20052