Elizabeth Vera

bentley@umich.edu
http://www.BetsyDa.com/bedlam.html

Education - Relevant Coursework - Library Experience - Web Experience - Other Experience


EDUCATION

University of Michigan, School of Information
Master of Science in Information Science, December 2000.
Tailored concentration spanning the Human-Computer Interaction and Library and Information Services specializations.

Washtenaw Community College
Coursework in Technical Communications and Graphic Design. 1996-1997.

University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts, Communication. 1994.

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RELEVANT COURSEWORK

  • Information Resources & Services.
  • Internet Public Library (IPL).
  • Organization and Representation of Multimedia Information Resources.
  • Access Systems for Archival Materials.
  • Understanding Networked Computing.
  • Concepts of Information Retrieval.
  • Information Architecture.
  • User Interface Design.
  • Evaluation of Systems & Services.
  • Information Visualization.
  • Integrated Media Production.
  • Introduction to: Macromedia Director; Advanced HTML; Project Management; SGML/XML; Microsoft Access; Coldfusion.

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    LIBRARY EXPERIENCE

    Student Reference Librarian.
    Information Center, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan. 10-12 hours/week. September 1999-present.

    Internet Public Library.
    http://www.ipl.org
    Reference: answering reference questions and processing incoming questions from the IPL's AskA service. Cataloguing: choosing items to be added to the catalog; as part of the redesign team, helped create the new cataloguing hierarchy and geography hierarchy and recatalog existing IPL entries. Fall 1999, May 2000-present.
    Also, cataloguing for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) database, March/April 2001.

    U-M Detroit Observatory.
    http://www.detroitobservatory.umich.edu
    Cataloguing of the Observatory reference library (approx. 400 volumes). March/April 2001.

    Stagecraft/Technical Theater Pathfinder.
    http://www.ipl.org/ref/QUE/PF/stagecraft.html
    Information about online and print resources about sets and scenery, props, costumes and make-up, sound, and lighting for theatre technicians. Prepared in December 1999 as a Pathfinder for the Internet Public Library (http://www.ipl.org).

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    WEB EXPERIENCE

    The FanNavigator.
    http://www.betsyda.com/etc/fannavigator.html
    Timeline-based visualization for fan information on the Internet. Concept prototype designed for Information Visualization class, group project, Fall 2000.

    Archival Finding Aids.
    http://www.betsyda.com/etc/findingaids.html
    Suggested online presentation of an archival finding aid. Designed as part of a group project for the Access Systems for Archival Materials class, Fall 2000.

    U-M Detroit Observatory Virtual Tour.
    http://www.detroitobservatory.umich.edu/VirtualTour.html
    As part of class group projects, designed the architecture, navigation, and visual design of the virtual tour (Information Architecture and User Interface Design classes, Winter 2000). Individually, implemented the Virtual Tour. The tour went live in January 2001.

    Sweetland Writing Center Website, University of Michigan.
    http://www.lsa.umich.edu/swc/.
    Redesigned the architecture and visual design and expanded the scope of the site. The site provides information about the university's undergraduate writing requirements, services offered by the Writing Center, and links to outside writing resources. Summer 1998.

    Fanfic Resources.
    http://www-personal.umich.edu/~bentley/fanfic/fanfic.html
    A resource for finding print and online fan fiction for 330 fandoms (TV shows, movies, comics, and books), organized by publisher (485 pages). Discontinued. Feb. 1997-May 2000.

    Bentley's Bedlam.
    http://www.BetsyDa.com/bedlam.html
    Personal website including five cross-linked sites--three of them biographical--with over 400 pages. May 1998-present.

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    OTHER EXPERIENCE

    Academic Services Secretary II.
    Sweetland Writing Center, University of Michigan.
    Front desk position for SWC and Writing Workshop. Redesigned and maintained the department website. Provided information to staff, parents, students, and faculty; maintained Writing Workshop appointments, records, schedules, flyers, and databases. 1997-1999.

    Languages
    (Rusty) reading and speaking knowledge of Spanish, (rusty) reading knowledge of French; formerly, fluent native speaker of both.

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    Updated April 19, 2001.