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SKILLS

  • Archives management.
  • Special program development and management.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Grant writing and management.
  • Procedure development.
  • Staff training.
  • Developing preservation solutions.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving.

Education

MASTERS OF INFORMATION SCIENCE Concentration in Archives
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, MA
Aug 07 – May 09

BACHELORS OF SCIENCE
Chemical Engineering, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
Aug 00 – May 04

Employment History

HEAD CURATOR
Imperial Valley Desert Museum, Ocotillo, CA (opened to the public March 2012)
Oct 11 – Dec 13

  • Developed a new curation and archives laboratory dedicated to the care and preservation of an earthquake affected collection
  • Completed a full inventory of +24,000 items in 2 years, employing 3,155 volunteer hours, the equivalent of 6.5 years labor
  • Established Past Perfect Museum Content Management Software 5.0 as the museum’s first database; including membership database
  • Led the Standards Program to meet current museum policy standards; resulting in the certification of core documents by the American Alliance of Museums and the establishment of the IVDM as a new federal curation facility
  • Engaged the community through youth programming, exhibits and special events; resulting in formal partnerships with local elementary schools, universities, libraries, government offices, tribal councils, and service organizations
  • Developed and evaluated on-site field trips programs designed specifically to compliment California CORE Curriculum for grades 3-12
  • Provided facility management for a 10,000 square foot facility on 25 acres
  • Trained and supervised 53 volunteers and supervised 4 staff

RECORDS MANAGEMENT OFFICER, Human Resources, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Jun 11 – Aug 11

ARCHIVES OFFICER, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Heywood, Victoria, Australia
Jun 11 – Aug 11

GALLERY ATTENDANT, Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Jan 11 – Jun 11

ARCHIVES AND LIBRARY HURRICANE RELIEF COORDINATOR, Turks and Caicos National Museum, Turks and Caicos Islands, B.W.I.
Sept 09 – Jun 10

  • Developed and implemented a recovery management plan resulting in the establishment of the only public archive in the country with 333 accessible collections
  • Catalogued over 4,000 items in Past Perfect Museum Content Management Software 4.0
  • Developed a digital scanning program for over 2,000 35mm Kodak slides
  • Increased accessioned donations by 70% by focusing on collections-based public programming designed to raise public awareness of preservation in a hurricane prone community
  • Increased accessioned donations by 70% by focusing on collections-based public programming designed to raise public awareness of preservation in a hurricane prone community
  • Identified grants for collections care, resulting in the award of the 2010 British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme for “From the brink: identifying, collecting and digitising records of the Turks and Caicos Islands after the destruction of Hurricane Ike”
  • Directed the After School Learning Centre Grant supporting underprivileged students in need of resources, increasing student scores by a letter grade

ARCHIVES CONSULTANT, Saul Hertz, M.D. Collection, Greenwich, CT
Aug 09 – Sept 09

RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Simmons College, Boston, MA
Apr 09 – May 09

ARCHIVES ASSISTANT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Cambridge, MA
Jan 07 – Dec 09

DEPARTMENT MANAGER, H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, Phillipsburg, NJ
Jun 04 – Aug 07

PUBLICATIONS

ARTICLES
“Adapting a travelling exhibit”, Exhibit Envoy Blog, September 11, 2013, http://exhibitenvoy.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/goldfeverimperialvalley/ accessed December 5, 2013.
“Vanishing culture: preserving the images of Provo’s past”, Times of the Islands, Spring, 76-80, 2010.
“Linking past and future: taking a look at the valuable world of archives”, Times of the Islands, Summer, 76-78, 2010.

TECHNICAL REPORTS
Annual Curation Report, Imperial Valley Desert Museum, December 2013
Status Report to the Federal Bureau of Land Management, October 2013
Annual Curation Report, Imperial Valley Desert Museum, December 2012
Annual Report, Imperial Valley Desert Museum, December 2012
Inventory Project Six-Month Progress Report, Imperial Valley Desert Museum, July 2012
Collections Assessment, Imperial Valley Desert Museum, November 2011
Archives Collections Survey, Turks and Caicos National Museum, June 2010
Stubbs Family Papers Repatriation Proposal to the National Library of Jamaica, Turks and Caicos National Museum, May 2010
Archives Hurricane Assessment Report, Turks and Caicos National Museum, October 2009
McCullom 35mm Slide Collection Digitization and Processing Procedures Report, Turks and Caicos National Museum, October 2009

ONLINE MEDIA
“Spirit of the Desert”, The Blog of the Imperial Valley Desert Museum, http://ivdesertmuseum.blogspot.com/, Nov 2011 – Present

“A Day at the National Museum”, The Blog of the Turks and Caicos National Museum, http://www.tcmuseumblog.blogspot.com, October 2009 – Jun 2010

“Part of the Process”, Jessica Brody Online Resume, http://jabrody24.com/, October 2009 – Present

PRESENTATIONS

Invited Presenter: “Twenty years of Community Stewardship: The Imperial Valley Desert Museum,” Anza Borrego State Park Archeology Weekend, Borrego Springs, CA. April 7, 2013

Invited Presenter: “When will that place open, anyway?: The Imperial Valley Desert Museum,” Methodist Church, El Centro, CA. January 12, 2013

Presenter: “Inventory Project and Curation Update: Where are we at?,” Annual Meeting, Imperial Valley Desert Museum, Ocotillo, CA. December 2, 2012

Presenter: “Collections Assessment Report: Twenty Years of Storage, Now what?,” Public Board Meeting, Imperial Valley Desert Museum, Ocotillo, CA. December 1, 2011

EXHIBITIONS

Curator, Madrecitas: Exposicion de pequeno formato, June 2013 – Present
The Madrecitas exhibition of small format art began five years ago in an effort to support Mexicali’s blossoming young artists. Based in a hallway of CETYS Universidad in Mexicali, Mexico, the inaugural exhibit had 60 pieces. In 2013, the exhibit boasts 300 pieces from artists ranging from Southern California to Mexico City and includes 2D, 3D, and video format. The exhibition brings U.S. viewers a glimpse of the vibrant artistic community that lays just across the border 6 miles away. This is the first U.S. exhibition.

Curator, Gold Fever! California’s Untold Stories, March 2013 – December 2013
Ocotillo is in the heart of gold rush territory. Mines that were in use during the gold rush era are accessible within 20 miles of the museum building. Exhibit Envoy, a non-profit that develops exhibits for small museums, loaned the core of the exhibit materials, while additional panels, artifacts, and maps were completed by museum staff. These supporting materials transform core panels into a locally-based story and provoke discussions on the life style and motivations of people who used the land around us.

Curator, Re-imagine the World, March 2013 – July 2013
Bernardo Olmedo is a local artist born in Mexicali, Mexico. Bernardo’s true art is his intellectual witticism. This exhibit follows Bernado’s growth as an artist as he explored artistic methods, until he discovers digital illustration as the best format for sharing his insightful observations with viewers.

Curator, Collections, July 2012 – March 2013
Exploring the role of collections in our lives, featuring the life-long devotion of local community members to the objects they collect. Gathered items from the community, artwork and artifacts from the museum collections combine to explain how museum collections are formed.

Curator, Every Day is Earth Day, April – July 2012
A visual arts exhibition featuring the Imperial Valley College Arts Faculty. The pieces in this exhibit were a vision of the natural world as we see and experience it: sometimes big, sometimes little, sometimes as a whole and sometimes apart.

Curator, What We Are Curating Today!, March 2012 – April 2013
A rotating exhibit displaying artifacts recently re-housed as part of the Inventory Project. After over 20 years in storage these artifacts are fulfilling their role as education tools to engage the community and national visitors with local history.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Ceremonial Village Build, El Cajon, CA, June – July 2013.

Society of Women of Engineers, Team Coordinator, Invent it. Build it. Youth Mentoring, Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, Nov 8 – 10, 2012

Sundance Film Forward Program, Community Coordinator for Imperial County West, Ocotillo, CA 2011 – 2012

Optimists Club, Youth Programming Coordinator, Ocotillo, CA, 2011 – 2013

Department of Justice, Volunteer, Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Trip: 400KM Murray River Marathon, Victoria, Australia, Dec 26 – 31, 2010