AIRS Newsletter Column – “InfoCommons”
For six months I wrote a bi-monthly column for the Alliance of Information & Referral Systems, the professional association for the field of I&R. The goal of the column was to generate interest in and discussions about technology, social media, online tools, I&R software, user experience…and how we as practitioners could use IT to more efficiently do the work of connecting people to social services.
PA 2-1-1 Southwest website
I managed the 2-1-1 website redesign project, working with designers and developers at Summa Technologies and Euphoria Studio. I created a custom taxonomy with topic-specific facets to enable users to browse social services and filter their results by relevant target populations and geographic locations. I also wrote all the content for the site and descriptions of the services and non-profits featured in each category.
The site was built with Drupal 7.
Book ‘Em – Pittsburgh’s books-to-prisoners program
While volunteering with Book ‘Em, I was taking a web design class at the University of Pittsburgh. I offered to re-design their website to make it more attractive and usable. The markup is W3C validated XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS level 2.1. The site has since been redesigned but my design is still visible via the Internet Archive (I haven’t been involved with the Book ‘Em since 2008). Click here for screenshots.
Progressive Library Skillshare
September 7 & 8, 2007 – Pittsburgh, PA
A 2-day “unconference” focusing on alternative information resources and socially responsible, creative ways to share information in our communities. I was part of a group of six library students who came up with and coordinated the event. More information is available on the wiki: http://progressivelibraryskillshare.wikispaces.com. I designed and coordinated the publicity for the event.
Older Work Samples (library school!)
- annotated bibliography of reference resources on ancient Greek (and some Roman) art and archaeology
- website created for a class presentation/instruction session on oral history resources
- experimental back-of-the-book index to images of Greek vases. It’s discussed in this post.
- book review written for a course on library services to older adults
- back of the book index for a junior-high level science text