National Archives Foundation
Connecting You to America's Story.
Connecting You to America's Story.
In this newly created position, I established the online presence for the National Archives Foundation, the non-profit partner of the National Archives government agency, starting with developing and launching the Foundation's first website in 2013.
From there, I grew visitation to the Foundation's website to 10,000+ visits each month; created a monthly email newsletter with 36,000+ subscribers; built a Facebook audience of 26,000+ fans, and established Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube accounts with thousands of followers. With the launch of a new online store for the National Archives, I drove traffic and sales through a separate newsletter and a variety of social media promotions.
Across all media, I developed and implemented strategies to promote Foundation projects, National Archives Museum exhibits and programs, and National Archives Store products through both organic and paid promotions online. In addition, I ensured consistent branding and style across all print & web communications.
I wrote, edited, and designed collateral materials for exhibits and programs including flyers, surveys, handouts, and postcards; the National Archives Foundation's annual report; press releases; and articles for the National Archives quarterly magazine Prologue. In addition, I researched National Archives records and maintained the image and resource library and database.
Over the course of 2 years, I worked with curators, designers, publishers, and printers to write, edit, design, and print 6 books in support of National Archives exhibits. In 2012, I created a microsite for the National Archives' Emancipation Proclamation sesquicentennial celebration and helped develop an app for the iPad and a microsite for the 50th anniversary exhibit To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In my freshman year of college, I was recruited to work in the University of Richmond's Writing Center. After a semester of training in pedagogy, I worked with 2-4 students each week on all steps of the writing process, and wrote a detailed assessment of each meeting for the student’s professor.
I worked with the director of the Writing Center to redesign and update the University's writing resource website, which is used in schools across the country, as well as the writing-tutor training website. As part of the extensive update, I wrote new informational pages and edited training tutorial videos for future writing consultants.
The Digital Scholarship Lab develops innovative digital humanities projects that contribute to research and teaching at and beyond the University of Richmond. It seeks to reach a wide audience by developing projects that integrate thoughtful interpretation in the humanities and social sciences with innovations in new media.
As an intern in the early days of the Lab, I helped lay the groundwork for projects that launched during my time there as well as long after I graduated. I created interactive maps used to illustrate social and political history; researched and analyzed news articles and reports from the 19th century for the creation of data maps such as Visualizing Emancipation; and beta-tested forms and provided research for on-going projects such as the History Engine.
In 2007, the University of Richmond began a peer advising program, connecting incoming freshman with current students over the summer and throughout their first school year.
Each summer, I advised up to 150 incoming freshmen on class selection and answered questions on college life. After the school year began, I met with each student at least once to check in and help out in any way they might have needed.
As part of the pilot program, I worked closely with faculty to develop and expand the advising program. I recruited and taught new advisors as we grew the program in order to provide more one-on-one communications between peer advisors and incoming students. I also championed, wrote, and edited a blog for freshman, working with other peer advisors to develop content.
The Concord Free Public Library in the historic and literary town of Concord, Massachusetts, is a hub of literary culture for casual readers and scholars alike.
Throughout high school and college, I worked in a variety of positions, from re-shelving returned books, to readying books recently acquired for circulation, to helping patrons find and check out books, movies, magazines, and more.
In the summer, I promoted and helped administer the popular summer reading program for children of all ages, including signing them up for the program and helping them find new books to read according to their interests and reading level.