Jacob Berg's Online Portfolio

 Highlights:


 Management Experience


Initiatives on Information Literacy, Embedded Librarianship, Website Design, Open Access, and Discovery Services

 

 Cataloging in Foreign Languages


 A variety of positions in academic libraries, from circulation to preservation to cataloging


Classroom Experience 


Research in the Social Sciences 


Library Science coursework on Copyright Law, Digital Libraries, Information Literacy, Marketing and Promotion, and Management 

Jacob Berg

LIBRARY WORK EXPERIENCE

The United States Department of State, Foreign Service Institute, Stephen B. Low Library and Information Center, via The LAC Group, Arlington, VA: 2015  present

Senior Librarian: November, 2015  present

Trinity Washington University, Sister Helen Sheehan Library, Washington, DC: 2007 – 2015

Director of Library Services: March, 2011 – 2015

* Provide vision and strategic direction and goals for library in alignment with the university’s mission, values, and strategic plan, and goals.

* Prepare proposed annual budget.

* Supervise and evaluate library staff.

* Participate in accreditation processes.

* Prepare and submit reports and other documents relative to the library.

* Continued to perform all tasks of Acting Senior Library Manager, including reference services, information literacy, collection development, and cataloging and other technical services.


Acting Senior Library Manager and Technical Services Librarian: August, 2010 – February, 2011 

* Represented the library as member of university Senior Staff for strategic planning and operational purposes, including reports to Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs on all library operations.

* Responsible for oversight of all library operations and staff.

* Hired and trained library staff and student workers.

* Developed, implemented, and managed library website.

* Represented the library and university at Resources Sharing Advisory Committee meetings in the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC).

* Supervised library cash handling activities in conjunction with the Business Office.

* Continued to perform all tasks of ILL Cataloging Acquisitions Specialist. 


ILL Cataloging Acquisitions Specialist: May, 2007-August, 2010. 

* Co-directed library operations from December, 2007 – August, 2010

* Managed and maintained the library’s acquisitions budget using Voyager Integrated Library System.

* Managed and maintained electronic resources, such as databases and e-books.

* Developed and implemented collection development policies.

* Developed and administered information literacy tutorials for faculty, students, and staff.

* Trained staff, trained and supervised student workers.

* Ordered and processed materials using Voyager and OCLC Conexxion.

* Acted as embedded librarian, delivering course-integrated instruction online, using Moodle course management software.

* Responsible for interlibrary loan activities using OCLC FirstSearch.

* Provided circulation and reference coverage using Voyager and Innovative Millennium Integrated Library Systems.

* Gave tours of the building and its resources to faculty, students, and staff.


The George Washington University, Gelman Library, Washington, DC: 2003 – 2004

Staff Assistant, Slavic/Eastern European and Asian Reading Room: June – August 2004 & June – September 2003 

* Maintained and updated library catalogs using Voyager.  

* Catalogued and processed incoming and outgoing materials in English, Japanese, and various Eastern European languages.  

* Assisted patrons with use of the library in both English and Japanese.  


University of Michigan, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Ann Arbor, MI: 2001 – 2002

Asia Library Stacks Manager: February, 2002 – July, 2002.

* Managed the day-to-day operations of the Asia Library stacks.

* Responsible for the shelving and consolidation of Asia Library holdings.

* Acted as a liaison between the Asia Library and Stacks Office.

* Communicated with staff and patrons in both English and Japanese.

* Maintained statistical records of work. 


Digital Preservation Specialist: January, 2001 – February, 2002. 

* Managed a grant from the National Science Foundation concerning the digitization of books from the late 18th to early 20th centuries.

* Prepared items for digitization.

* Performed quality control on digitized items, preparing them for optical character recognition software.

* Responsible for the supervision and training of student workers and training of full-time staff.

* Managed and updated databases pertaining to grant through RLIN and OCLC Passport.

* Performed book and journal repairs.

* Maintained statistical records of work.


Bell and Howell Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI: 2000

Advanced Document Manufacturer: November – December, 2000.

* Proofread, edited, and entered articles into ProQuest databases.  

* Prepared articles for digitization and optical character recognition.

* Performed office work.


Columbia University, Butler Library, New York, NY: 1999 – 2000

Circulation Assistant III: August, 1999 – August, 2000.

* Operated the circulation desk and related areas, including library information office.  

* Assisted patrons with use of the library, including explanation and interpretation of library policies and procedures, interpretation of automated circulation records.  

* Aided in the training and supervision of student workers and new employees.  

* Catalogued books, periodicals, and other library materials.  

* Searched for lost and missing materials.  

* Maintained and updated library database.  

* Performed book and journal repairs, and sent items to repair and bindery as needed.  

* Maintained statistical records of work.  

* Member, National Health and Human Service Employees Union, 1199. 


OTHER ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

The George Washington University, Washington, DC: 2002 – 2006

Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science: September, 2006 – December, 2006.  

* Taught three discussion sections, each meeting once a week, of Introduction to World Politics for Dr. Chad Rector.  

* Responsible for all grading.  

* Created lesson plans and other assignments. 

* Held office hours to advise and assist students.  


Instructor, Department of Political Science: May, 2006 – July, 2006. 

* Developed and taught a distance learning version of Introduction to International Politics using Blackboard course management software.  

* Responsible for all grading.  

* Created tests, quizzes, and other assignments, along with syllabi and lesson plans. 


Course Assistant, Sigur Center for Asian Studies: January, 2006 – May, 2006.  

* Responsible for grading of exams for East Asia, Past and Present for Dr. Daqing Yang.  

* Created tests and lectured as needed.


Research Assistant, Department of Political Science: January, 2006 – May, 2006.  

* Critiqued primary and secondary sources, compiled and analyzed data for Dr. Henry Hale using statistical software such as Stata and SPSS. 


Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science: September, 2004 – January, 2006.  

* Taught three discussion sections, each meeting once a week, of Introduction to Comparative Politics for Dr. Michael Sodaro.  

* Responsible for all grading.  

* Created tests, quizzes, and other assignments.  

* Held office hours to advise and assist students. 


Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science: September, 2002 – June, 2004.   

* Taught three discussion sections, each meeting once a week, of Introduction to World Politics for Dr. Maurice East.  

* Responsible for all grading.  

* Created tests, quizzes, and other assignments, along with syllabi and lesson plans. 

* Held office hours to advise and assist students.  


EDUCATION

Master of Library and Information Science, 2010

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. School of Information Sciences


Master of Arts in Political Science, 2007

The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Columbian College of Arts and Sciences 

* Teaching Fellow and Fellowship recipient, 2002-2006.


Bachelor of Arts , 1999

Colby College, Waterville, ME.

* Major in Government, Minor in Japanese

* Magna Cum Laude with Honors and Distinction in Government.  

* Member Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Association Honor’s Society.  

* Merit Scholarship Recipient


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

* “What I Really Want to Do is Direct: First-Time Library Directors Discuss Their Experiences.” Conversation Starter Panelist. Presented at the American Library Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. June 30th, 2014.

* “From Here to Discovery.” Poster. Presented at the American Library Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. June 29th, 2014. 

* “From Here to Discovery.” Presented at the Catholic University of America’s School of Library and Information Science Bridging the Gap: A Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science, Washington, DC. January 31st, 2014.

* “Elizabethtown: Embedded Librarianship as Overreach.” Presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries, Maryland Chapter, Fall Program, Baltimore, MD. November 15th 2013. 

* “Library and Technology Spaces: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” with Greg Hardin, Presented at Computers in Libraries 2012 Post-Conference Workshop, Washington, DC. March 24th, 2012.

* “QR Codes: Bridging the Gap From Print to Electronic,” with Greg Hardin, Presented at Computers in Libraries 2012, Washington, DC. March 21st-23rd, 2012.

* “QR Codes in Libraries: Bridging the Gap From Print to Electronic,” Presented at the Catholic University of America’s School of Library and Information Science Bridging the Gap: A Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science, Washington, DC. January 27th, 2012.

* “Historical Institutionalism and Language Policies in France and Japan: Implications for Current Policies Towards English,” Presented at the 12th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York, NY.  April 12th-14th, 2007.

* “Talking Politics: Global English and Language Policy in France and Japan,” Presented at the 11th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York, NY.  March 23rd-25th, 2006.  

* “Alphabet Soup: Explaining Japanese Language (Non)Policy,” Presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, HI.  March 2nd-6th, 2005.  

* “Bringing Language Back In: The Linguistic Construction of Japanese Identity,” Presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada.  March 17th-20th, 2004. 


ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

American Library Association

* Member, 2000 – 2001, and 2009 – present.

Internet Public Library

* 2009: Certified for Virtual Reference.

The George Washington University, Washington, DC. 

* Participant, Institute for Qualitative and Multimethod Research (IQMR), Arizona State University: January, 2007.

* Co-Chair, Political Science Graduate Student Caucus: June, 2003-December, 2005.

* Elected by peers in graduate program to represent students at faculty meetings.  

* Organized conferences and talks on a variety of topics relating to political science and graduate studies.  


ADDITIONAL SKILLS

Macintosh and Windows; Microsoft Office; Google Docs; Web 2.0 software such as blogs, wikis, and social media; most internet-related software; XML and HTML; Omeka; Greenstone Digital Library Software; Jing; smartboards; and other classroom technologies. 

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