Web Services Librarian, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
August 2013 to present

  • Responsible for managing the Library’s online presence and leading a small web services team to ensure that our website and digital applications meet user and staff needs
  • Lead user assessment, content strategy, and site redesign projects on an ongoing basis
  • Work with vendors and with the CSU Chancellor’s office to maintain third-party digital applications including LibGuides, LibCal, a discovery layer, and DSpace
  • Provide overall library systems and technology trouble shooting, support, and maintenance
  • Work close with Library Faculty and staff on Library marketing and brand strategy
  • Collaborate and serve on campus-wide committees and as a representative to Academic Senate

Metadata Analyst, California Digital Library, Oakland, CA
April 2011 to August 2013

  • Work with a team of programmers, librarians, and project administrators to build the Print Archives Preservation Registry (PAPR), a project undertaken in conjunction with the Center for Research Libraries. PAPR provides a registry for print archives, and collection analysis tools for archiving programs like WEST.
  • Analyze MARC bibliographic and holdings records for ingest into collection analysis tools
  • Work with WEST and PAPR team to finalize project requirements
  • Work with PAPR team to envision future phases of project development
  • Writing and research into serials records, FRBR, and library linked data
  • Provide analysis of MARC records, local holdings records, and other bibliographic metadata for various CDL systems, including Melvyl, the UC Worldcat Local instance

Systems/Metadata Librarian, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
July 2009 to April 2011

  • Managed integrated library system, including migration to new servers, data clean up, re-indexing, and writing record load and export programs
  • Re-designed and built new library website, with support for social networking functions and easy updating for library news and events, easier search capabilities, and streamlined information architecture
  • Managed library inventory project
  • Managed loading and maintenance of library metadata for government documents, serials, and archiving finding aids
  • Served on campus Academic Information Technology Advisory Group
  • Served on Orbis Cascade Alliance Shared ILS Team

Systems Library Assistant, Simmons College, Boston, MA
January 2008 to May 2009

  • Helped manage Innovative Interfaces ILS, including creating a new, user-friendly interface for the OPAC
  • Built library web applications using PHP, Ruby on Rails, MySQL, Javascript, and Ajax, and modified open source applications to suit the library’s needs
  • Provided technical support and troubleshooting for library hardware and software
  • Researched new library technologies and provided recommendations to library staff

Marketing Sales Associate, Pearson Education, Boston, MA
February 2006 to August 2007

  • Increased sales of monograph titles through innovative outreach and marketing efforts
  • Built relationships with faculty around the US to provide support and services that met their course needs
  • Helped create sales lead tracking database and trained staff in its use
  • Worked with marketing and editorial staff to implement creative new marketing programs


MS, Library and Information Science, 2009, Simmons College, Boston, MA
Course work in database management, information literacy and user instruction, web development and information architecture, XML, humanities research, collection development, library technologies, cataloging and reference.

BA, Literature/Women’s Studies, 2001, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
Honors received in Literature and Women’s Studies, College Honors.
Thesis entitled “Becoming a Woman in Six Easy Steps: Contemporary Novels of Female Adolescence.”

Additional Activities

  • Representative to CAMCIG, the UC Libraries’ Cataloging and Metadata Common Interest Group, 2012-2013
  • Members, LITA Top Tech Trends Committee, 2013
  • Chair, 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee, 2011
  • Member, LITA Publications Committee, 2011
  • Core member, NISO Ebooks Special Interest Group, 2011
  • CMS Migration Coordinator, Social Responsibilities Round Table, 2011
  • Member, 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee, 2010
  • Scholarship winner, ACRL WA/OR Annual Conference, October 2010
  • Member of the Orbis Cascade Shared ILS Team, 2010-2011
  • Representative to AITAG, Whitman College’s Academic Information Technology Advisory Group, 2010-2011
  • President of student chapter of Progressive Librarians Guild, Simmons College, 2008-2009
  • Web coordinator of student chapter of ASIS&T, Simmons College, 2008-2009


  • “Serials, FRBR, and Library Linked Data: A Way Forward,” Journal of Library Metadata, Vol. 12, No. 2-3, September 2012
  • Reviewer of cookbooks for Library Journal, 2011 to present
  • Guest Blogger for The Desk Set, September 2011
  • Students as Technology Leaders,” Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, Vol. 35, No. 2, December/January 2009

Conference and Workshop Attendance

  • NISO BIBFRAME Roadmap Meeting, Baltimore, 2013
  • 2013 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, Seattle
  • 2012 LITA National Forum, Columbus, OH
  • 2012 American Library Association Annual Meeting, Anaheim
  • 2012 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, Dallas
  • Leading from Any Position, Infopeople workshop, December 2011
  • 2011 Librarians Association of the University of California conference
  • 2011 American Library Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans
  • 2011 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, San Diego
  • 2010 ACRL WA/OR Annual Conference, Oregon
  • 2010 Innovative Users Group conference, Chicago

One thought on “Resume

  1. Maggie

    Hi there Laura,

    I’m a grad student at SMU in Dallas and somehow stumbled upon your stuff. I found that you published “Food and Eating in Women’s Literature: An Annotated Bibliography,” and that’s right up my alley. I’m in the beginnning stages of thesis research and wondered if we could chat.

    Excited to hear from you,


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