Amanda Richards CV

Amanda Richards

Education

Master of Arts – Library and Information Sciences

University of South Florida,  2012

Focus: Archive Management and Information Fluency

Bachelor of Arts – Interdisciplinary Studies

Focus: Anthropology and Linguistics

Minor: Judaic Studies

University of Central Florida, 2009

Associate of Arts

Valencia Community College, 2007

Professional Experience

4/12-Present Senior Library Technical Assistant – University of Central Florida Universal Orlando 

Foundation Library

Orlando, Florida

Manages circulation desk, Clears fines, maintains reserve books, assists with reference questions as needed, barcodes incoming materials, maintains ALEPH records, creates monthly exhibits, train incoming student assistants on duties, coordinates and processes interlibrary loan and document delivery, processes periodicals, assists with preservation of materials, trains and supervises  the work of student assistants

11/11-04/12 Circulation Assistant – University of Central Florida Universal Orlando Foundation Library

Orlando, Florida

Circulated books (ALEPH), assisted patrons with directional questions

05/11-04/12 Graduate Assistant – University of Central Florida, Main Campus

Special Collections and University Archives

Orlando, Florida

General work: Created transcriptions of documents, collection shifting, curating exhibits, shelf reading, answering phones, filing paperwork, organizing department computer drives, assisting Archivists with research requests, assisting with processing collections

Conservation/preservation work: Repairing torn pages with Japanese tissue paper, rebinding books, constructing drop-spine enclosures (clam-shells), constructing phase box enclosures, making Mylar book coverings

Digital work: Maintaining NoteTab and XMetaL EAD finding aids, writing descriptive Metadata

08/09-02/10 Office Manager – Seminole Reporting Inc.

Altamonte Springs, Florida

Scheduled employees, maintained billing records, proofread documents, compiled

and mailed documents

Related Experience

10/11-04/12 Volunteer, University of Central Florida, Main Campus

Reference Desk

Assisting students with reference and directional questions, maintaining

patron-use statistics (LibAnswers), assisting Librarians with reference research as needed

11/09-02/10 Volunteer, The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida

Holocaust Memorial Library

Checking in/out books (ALEPH), assisting the Librarian in patron requests, answering patron questions, assisting with student research

Presentations

“Tips, Tricks, and Hacks: Researching and Writing a Paper” Eleven teaching sessions at Eau Gallie high school, Melbourne, Florida, March 2, 2012 and April 5, 2012.

Exhibitions

05/12 Backpacking Through Europe

University of Central Florida, Universal Orlando Foundation Library –

Orlando, Florida

Assisted in selection and design of exhibit which focused on travel guides of European destinations.

12/11 Haitian Painting from the Bryant West Indies Collection

University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando Campus – Orlando, Florida

Assisted with selection and staging of exhibit.

12/11 Blast from the Past: Selections FTU/UCF Memorabilia Collection

University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando Campus – Orlando, Florida

Assisted in striking exhibit.

08/11-10/11 Florida: The Land of Enchantment

University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando Campus – Orlando, Florida

Curator for the exhibit at UCF which focused on Florida’s history from 1850-1950. The exhibit featured rare books and ephemera from UCF Special Collections highlighting the history of Florida’s first tourists and travelers. It contained newspaper clippings chronicling the acquisition of Florida from Spain, social interactions, in addition to art portraying Native Americans. Also featured was correspondence between visitors to the state and their family, as well as pictures of local cities before the arrival of Disney World.

Workshops and Training Sessions

University of Central Florida:

  • “ABC’s of Diversity” workshop; May 30, 2012
  • “Prevention of Discrimination” workshop; May 11, 2012

Computer Skills

General: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote), OpenOffice, Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, Outlook

Operating Systems: Windows, Mac, Ubuntu

Library Specific: ALEPH, PeopleSoft, ArchiveIt

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Alternion, Good Reads, Library Thing, WordPress, Flickr, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Reddit, Imgur, Mashable, YouTube

Professional Memberships

Florida Library Association 2011 – 2012

American Library Association 2011 – Present

  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts Section

Society of American Archivists 2011 – Present

  • Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable

Society of Florida Archivists 2012– Present

Professional Activities

Member, Director’s Advisory Group, University of Central Florida Libraries 2012 – Present

  • Library Service Award Committee
  • Tea Party Fundraiser Committee
  • Library Holiday Party Committee, Chair

Awards and Honors

Secretary of French Club, University of Central Florida, 2010-2011

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, 2006-2009

Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, 2005-2007

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