About

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Curriculum Vitae

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Sandbox

(Experimentations and proof of concept)

Subject Access for Special Collections - Focus group studies investigate options for providing better subject, theme, genre, and keyword access in the library catalog for special collections patrons

Artists' Books Thesaurus & the Visual Vocabulary plug-in - TemaTres instance to manage the ARLIS/NA Book Arts SIG Artists' Books Thesaurus (work in progress)

Book Artists Unbound - Uses XML (EAC-CPF), XSLT, jQuery, CSS, and HTML. Explores EAC-CPF as an alternative to the MARC Authority format for providing contextual information about book artists and their working relationships to persons, organizations, facilities, techniques, and concepts

Search the FLP Incunabula Collection - Uses MySQL, PHP, CSS, and HTML to allow users to search data imported from an Excel spreadsheet

Finding Aid Shopping Cart - Uses javascript, PHP, CSS, and HTML to build "shopping cart" features on top of an EAD-encoded finding aid container list

U.Miami Special Collections - Cataloger's Library Guide
Includes content re-purposed from the following:

Social Networking for UM Special Collections - Uses javascript, PHP, HTML, CSS, and various widgets to offer an Instagram gallery and Tumblr feed

Visualize the Jackie Gleason Collection - Uses subject data export in csv format and the Tagul web service to create a (Flash) hyperlinked word cloud

Mobile Site for Browsing Special Collections - Designed for iPhone (customized iWebkit). Includes collection info, curated saved searches, and connections with social networking apps

Recently cataloged (rare/unique) materials - University of Miami Libraries. Styles an RSS feed from a del.icio.us account



Opinions

Allison Jai O'Dell



Social Media & Blogs

University of Miami Special Collections Cataloger on Tumblr - A visual approach to quirky, fun, and curious collection finds (Active 2013 - Present)

FLP Rare Book Dept. Cataloging on Twitter - Includes updates on the project to catalog several collections in the Free Library of Philadelphia's Rare Book Dept. (Active 2011 - 2013)

FLP Rare Book Dept. Cataloging on Pinterest - Images of finds from the collections. (Active 2011 - 2013)

Mapping Special Collections for Research and Teaching at Goucher College - Updates and insights from the project team. (Active 2009 - 2010)

Allison's Resources & Tips: from the CUA Information Desk - Aimed at acquainting students with research and libraries in the Washington, DC area. (Active 2008-2009)



Special Collections Cataloging & Metadata Librarian
University of Miami Libraries
2013 - Present



Cataloging Consultant,
Rare Book Department
Free Library of Philadelphia
2011 - 2013



Special Collections and Horticulture Librarian
The Barnes Foundation
2010 - 2011



Special Collections Cataloger
Goucher College
2009 - 2010



Catalog Librarian
The Carmelitana Collection
2008 - 2009