Curriculum Vita


Director Archival Studies Program and Assistant Professor Clayton State University

Education And Certification

  • 2018-Present Georgia State University, Ph.D History
  • 2011-2014 Clayton State University Morrow, GA
  • 2011 Academy of Certified Archivist
  • 2006-2008 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
  • 2001-2005 Georgia College and State University Milledgeville, GA


Related Professional Experience

  • August 2015-Present Clayton State University Morrow, GA, Director Archival Studies Program
  • August 2008-July 2015 Special Collections Georgia College Milledgeville, GA, Archivist (Associate Professor)


Archivist for GC Library Special Collections.

University Archives program manage and responsible for acquiring, arranging and processing University Archives Manage and oversee all digital projects and preservation for Special Collections.
Created and implemented a digitization program for Special Collections utilizing Flickr, USG Podcasting server, and other systems to share photographic materials.
Institutional Repository Manager for Russell Library. Oversaw day to day operations, wrote/implemented policy, and collaborated with other departments across campus and the library in the management of the repository run on the Digital Commons platform.
Responsible for overseeing undergraduate and graduate student workers.
Provided reference and instruction services for Special Collections.
Oversee collection management for the department through Archivist Toolkit.
Collect and analysis reference and internet statistics.

April 2008-July 2008 National Parks Services Washington, DC
Worked with the Heritage Education Services to coordinator online lesson plans for Teaching Historic Places and trip itineraries for the Discover Our Shared Heritage programs.

February 2007-August 2008 Stabler-Leadbeater Apocathary Museum Alexandria, Va
Contract Employee
Responsible for overseeing the selection and digitization of records from the Stabler-Leadbeater archival collection for use by the staff of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apocathary Museum and the Local History/Special Collections department of the Kate Waller Barratt Branch of the Alexandria Library.
Created the guidelines used for scanning and labeling materials selected.
Created an Excel Spreadsheet to keep track of items digitized, there location, and brief descriptions. Also created a spreadsheet to keep track of what sections the collection had been examined.
Was responsible for checking out and transporting materials stored at the Alexandria Public Library.

February 2007-August 2008 Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Alexandria, VA
Museum Aide
Handle front desk operations and museum gift shop sales.
Conducted tours of Gadsby’s Tavern and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apocathary Museum. Worked and coordinated special events, which included costumed lantern tours and Historic Alexandria Alive.

August 2006-April 2008 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
Graduate Assistant
Was responsible for selection and scanning of items from the Planned Community Archives.
Utilized Adobe Photo Shop to edit scanned items.
Utilized Omnipage Pro OCR software to convert scanned images of textual items into searchable .pdf files.
Kept track of items scanned using Microsoft Excel. This spreadsheet kept track of original location of material, file names of scanned items, meta data produced for the items, as well as the space occupied by the digital copies.
Uploaded digital copies George Mason’s online digital archive known as MARS or Mason Archival Repository System. Produced meta data for each item uploaded to MARS

May 2005-November 2006 Germanna Foundation Locust Grove, VA
Office and Archives Manager
Aided with special event planning which included handling registration and organizing an auction. Much of this was accomplished using Excel documents to keep track of ticket sales and auction items sold.
In charge of preservation and cataloging for the foundation’s library, archival and museum collections. Access was used to catalog the various collections of the Foundation.
Created finding aides for the archival collections of the foundation using Word.
Design exhibits and displays.
Supervised the Volunteer Coordinator and planned volunteer appreciation and educational programs.
Handled accounts receivable and payable as well as reconciled bank statements.
Was in charge of handling internet orders, which consisted of preparing and processing bills, as well as preparing orders for shipment through the USPS

January 2006-July 2006 Madison County Historical Society Madison, VA
Part-Time Grant Funded Employee
Entered the Society’s object and book collection in File Maker Pro software.
Preformed basic preservation on objects in the museum’s collection.

January 2002-May 2005 Special Collections GC&SU Library Milledgeville, GA
Student Worker
Processed and created box list for collections including the Public Relations General Files.
Preformed basic reference duties which included handling phone and email questions as well as aiding patrons with on site research in the collection.
Designed an exhibit for the Special Collections display.

Fall 2004 GC&SU Library Milledgeville, GA
Student Worker
Helped library patrons find materials within the library.
Shelved materials as well as helped with shelf reading.
Conducted routine security checks of the library.

Summer 2004 Germanna Foundation Locust Grove, VA
Summer Intern
Catalogued and organized the foundation’s library and the Lundenberg collection using Microsoft Access.
In charge of reservations for the foundation’s annual reunion and trip to Germany. Maintained list of attendees in Microsoft Access. Created packages for reunion attendees.
Handled sales, membership renewals, and donations for the foundation which came in through the mail and online in Quick Books.

Courses Taught
ARST 6800 Research Methods, Clayton State University (Spring 2015)
Training Class in basic Archival Theory and Practice (Taught sections on Digitization and Digital Archives), Valdosta State/Belize (Summer 2015)
GC1Y Seven Revolutions II, taught fourth hour component on information literacy, Georgia College (Fall 2012).
HIST 5030 Archival Theory and Practice, Georgia College (Spring 2010).

Honors and Awards
Chosen as Outstanding Student of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2005.
Selected to be 2005 Outstanding History Major.
2004-2005 Stardust Fellow and successfully applied for a five hundred dollar grant that was available through that program.
Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa the National Leadership Honors Society in spring 2003. Have served on selection committee from fall 2003-spring 2005.
Inducted into Phi Alpha Theta spring 2003. Served as president from 2003-2005.
Participated in the Georgia Education Mentorship program in fall 2003. This program paired me with the Chancellor of the University System of GA who served as a leadership mentor for that semester.
Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi spring 2003.
Inducted in Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honors Society spring 2002. Served as ALD president 2002-2003.
Participated in Emerging Leaders program in fall 2001.
Awarded Presidential Scholarship 2001.

Relevant Skills
Experience working with DSpace, and Digital Commons to provide access digital archival materials online.
Experience with preserving, digitizing, and providing access to audio materials.
Experience writing and managing metadata for digital archival materials.
Experience working with Archivist Toolkit and Archon.
Experience with working with html, php, xml and databases (mysql).
Experience with the Excel, Access, Word, Photoshop, ABBYY Finereader and Ominpage Pro.

Professional Development
November 2008 – Society of Georgia Archivist Pre-conference Workshop entitled Standards and Best Practices for the Description of Photograph, November 12, 2008.
May 2009 – Grant Writing Workshop sponsored by Society of Georgia Archivist
May 2010 – “More, Product, Less, Process” Workshop sponsored by Society of American Archivist and Society of Georgia Archivist
October 2010 – 2010 Society of Georgia Archivist Conference and Pre-conference Workshop
November 2011 – Society of Georgia Archivist Conference
November 2012 – Society of Georgia Archivist Conference

Community Service
Service a mentor at the Higher Achievement Center at Francis Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, Va.
Central State Hospital Museum, 2010-2011 – Helped organize and run two work days
National History Day 2010 – Volunteered as a Judge.
Habitat For Humanity Restore, Fall 2010 – Volunteered for a day in September 2010
Library Dr. Seuss Day, 2012 – Served as a reader for Dr. Seuss Day sponsored by the Georgia College Library.

Campus Committees and Activities
Member Library Professional Development Committee 2008-2009, Chair 208-2009.
Member of the LITC Technology Committee 2008-2012, Chair 2010-2012.
Member of the Intellectual Property Committee 2008-2010, 2012-2013.
Member of the Records Retention Committee 2009-2010.
Member of Core Curriculum Committee Summer 2010.
Member of Student Technology Fee Committee 2010 – present.
Member of Convocation Book Committee 2011 – 2013.
Member of University Senate 2011 – present.
Served on Student Affairs Policy Committee as Secretary 2011-2012.
Served on Executive Council of University Senate 2012-2013.
Member of Director of Libraries Search Committee 2011 – 2012.
Member of Undergraduate Research Conference Committee 2012 – present.
Member of Old Governor’s Mansion Director Search Committee 2013.
Co-Chair of University Prioritization Process Academic Programs Committee, 2013 – June 2014.

Professional Membership
Society of Georgia Archivist
Newsletter Editor and Assistant Editor 2011-2012
Listserv Manager 2013 – present
Provenance Editorial Board, Society of Georgia Archivist, 2014
Academy of Certified Archivist, Became a certified archivist in 2011
Society of American Archivist
Georgia Library Association

Publications and Presentations
Spring 2005 -”Retreats Rock: A Fun Approach to Capacity Building” delivered at 2005 American Humanics Management Institute”
April 2009 – Led a Personal Preservation workshop for national library week
Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013 – New York Times Times Talk
Fall 2009 – Led Workshop for the LITC and Staff Council on Evernote
Fall 2009 – “1953” talk given as a part of the Big Read, October 1, 2009
Spring 2010 – Evernote Workshop for Staff Council
Fall 2010 – Led Three Workshops on Evernote and Zotero
Fall 2010 – Digital Preservation Workshop, October 15, 2010
Spring 2011 – Led Genealogy Workshop cosponsored by the Nancy Hart Chapter of the DAR, January 22, 2011
Spring 2011 – “My Book Just Crash: Technology’s Impact on the Act of Reading” Future of the Book Symposium, February 3, 2011
Spring 2011 – Led Photo Sharing Workshop for the LITC on March 17, 2011
Summer 2011 – “Publication Problems: Handling Copyright Conundrums and Pushy Publishers, Presentation at Gill User Groups Meeting May 2011.
Fall 2011 – “What’s On Hand: Georgia College Special Collections Use of Technology “, Poster Presentation at Society of Georgia Archivist Annual Meeting.
Fall 2011 – Review of Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods edited by Emily Drabinski, Alana Kumbier, and Maria Accardi in Provenance Vol. XXIX
Summer 2012 – “Engaging the Archives: Engaged Learning Pedagogies and Archival Instruction”, presentation at Gil User Groups Meeting, May 2012.
Fall 2012 – “Primary Source Instruction: Reconceptualizing the Teaching the Use Archives and Primary Sources, Paper delivered to Council of Media Organizations Conference, October 2012. (Paper submitted for publication in Georgia Library Quarterly Winter 2012)
Fall 2012 – “Improving Archival Intelligence: Examining the impact of instruction practices at Georgia College Special Collections, Poster Presentation delivered at Society of Georgia Archivist Annual Meeting.
Fall 2012 – Review of Processing the Past: Contesting Authority in History and The Archives by Francis Blouin Jr. and William Rosenberg. ( forthcoming in Provenance Vol. XXX.)
Spring 2013 – Edited and Layout Work, China Rising: China in the 21st Century through the Perspective of the Seven Revolutions by Students of GC2Y Seven Revolutions, Spring 2013.
Spring 2013 –
Summer 2013 – “Normalizing New: Engaged Learning at Georgia College Special Collection”, Presentation at Gil User’s Group Meeting, May 2013.
Fall 2014 – Davis Bray, Nancy and Joshua Kitchens, “Tracking 2.0: Thinking about alternative approaches to collecting user stats,” Presentation at Council of Media Organizations Meeting, October 2014.
Fall 2014 – “ Tales from the Knowledge Box: Starting an Archive Run IR”, Society of Georgia Archivist Annual Meeting, November 2014
Spring 2015 – Simon, Katie, Joshua Kitchens and Tess Lyle. “Archiving Engagement: Public Memory, Oral History, and Critical Thinking at Georgia College”. USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning, April 8, 2015
Summer 2015 – Lyle, Savannah, and Joshua Kitchens. “Archiving Engagement: Public Memory, Oral History, and Critical Thinking at Georgia College.” COPLAC Annual Meeting, June 26, 2015

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