Chief Executive Officer, Research Rangers LLC. Grand Rapids, Michigan. 2008–2012. Entrepreneur in an independent knowledge-based business that located, organized, and provided reliable data to individuals, businesses, and non-profit corporations. Projects included:

Adjunct professor, Grand Valley State University, School of Communication: COM 610, Secondary Research and Analysis (library, database and professional communications);

Management, organization and provision of text files scrubbed of non-ASCII data for a long-term research project on text complexity, word maturity and granularity for
Student Achievement Partners, underwritten by The Gates Foundation (detail-oriented work);

Created an index for
Without a net: librarians bridging the digital divide by Jessamyn West, published by Libraries Unlimited (detail-oriented work, creativity);

Continuing development and maintenance of websites for well-known artists such as
Hugh Acton and Tullio Proni, and emerging artists like Pamela Benjamin and Lori Francis (creativity, design work);

Moderated focus groups of disaffected students at six area high schools for the Kent Intermediate School District as a follow-up to 17,000 surveys, which led to the formation of a
new high school in the district (detail-oriented, database collection, ability to work with diverse groups);

Instructed 60 sixth-grade students at the Blandford School (Grand Rapids Public Schools) how to make a felt placemat from raw wool (flexibility, creativity, ability to work with diverse groups).

Catalog Librarian. Grand Valley State University, University Libraries. Allendale, Michigan. 2006–2008. Served as principal cataloger, establishing goals, priorities, policies, and standards. Oversaw original and copy cataloging of all formats, including serials, into the integrated library system (Endeavor/Ex Libris: Voyager; then, beginning June 2008: Innovative Interfaces: Millennium). Provided cataloging leadership, supervision and training to staff on a continuing basis. Familiar with bibliographic formats for all materials, including electronic, in accordance with rules and policies established in or by the AACR-2, MARC-21 and OCLC input standards, LCSH, and LC Classification. Provided post-cataloging oversight to maintain catalog consistency; maintained quality control through database maintenance. Provided user-centered reference services on a regular basis. Participated in faculty meetings and inter-collegial fora.

Weekend circulation supervisor and media services assistant. Kalamazoo College, Upjohn Library Commons. Kalamazoo, Michigan. 2004–2006. Trained and supervised student employees; provided reference as necessary; scheduled media equipment and materials using the booking module of the integrated library system Millennium from Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Senior cooperative- and special-format cataloger, Western Michigan University, University Libraries. Kalamazoo, Michigan. 2000–2004. Performed original and copy cataloging for non-print materials: video recordings, music compact discs, and slides. Used and applied standards and rules of AACR-2 and MARC-21. Routinely used OCLC Passport and Connexion; Endeavor Voyager ILS, Library of Congress Cataloger’s Desktop and Classification Web database utility programs. Elected to the Library Staff Advisory Board in 2002 (treasurer) and 2003 (chair). Awarded a Staff Development Grant by the Friends of the University Libraries, February 2004.

Manager, Deadly Passions Bookshop. Kalamazoo, Michigan. 1992–1999. Responsible for ordering new titles and backlist from publishers’ sales representatives for a mystery, romance, and science fiction specialty store that offered new and used books; coordinated author signings and events; evaluated and priced used books for the resale market. Supervised day-to-day operations of the business for absentee owners, 1995–1999.

Partner, Isher Artifacts. Kalamazoo, Michigan. 1990–2006. Bid and scheduled prototype and custom design and machining jobs; managed production facility of science-fiction-related toys and props. Managed sales and conference schedule, website, accounts receivable and payable. Designed and created unique works of fiber art from hand painted silk and hand felted wool.

Materiel Facilities Specialist (685x1). United States Air Force. 1979–1984. Provided inspection, inventory, receiving, storage and issue support to the 40th Tactical Group at Aviano Air Base, Italy, and the 366th Maintenance Group at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Honorably discharged.

Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT. Master of Library Science. 2006.
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. B.Sc. Student-planned curriculum. 1995.
Ferris State College, Big Rapids, MI. A.A.Sc. General printing. 1986.

I developed computer skills at a time when mainframe computers were standard on U.S. military bases. Since then I have learned to focus on in-depth content analysis and honed my expertise in taxonomy building, indexing, and cataloging. I am proficient with Mac OSX; Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint); HTML, RapidWeaver; in general am a quick and confident learner with computer software and hardware. I am conversant in Italian and have travelled widely throughout the United States and Western Europe.

Volunteer work
Grand Rapids Friends Meeting, Grand Rapids, Mich. Recording Clerk, webmaster, database maintenance, 2012–present. Currently developing a new site using QuakerCloud.
Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, Grand Rapids, Mich.
GED program volunteer, 2013. This project involved working with a wide variety of individuals whose English language skills ranged from 3rd grade to high school; teaching science, social studies, English and math.
Grand Rapids Art Museum, McBride Library. Grand Rapids, Mich. Library volunteer, member, volunteer council, lead catalog of rare and specialized books, 2009–2012; (professional service);
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, Grand Rapids, Mich. Speaker, Lunch with Punch, 2009.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Wege Library. Grand Rapids, Mich. Library volunteer, 2007.