assistant director and curator of regional collections resume example with 16 years of experience

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Professional Summary

Versatile Assistant Director trained in Librarianship and Film Archiving. Bringing a twenty-year track record of success in Librarianship from many different specialist libraries and archives. An archivist with an interest in archival film, historical documents and manuscripts and project work in digitization and data management. Independent, determined, with initiative and follow-through; has thrived in both supervisory and support roles. A creative thinker with an imaginative and enthusiastic demeanor. Strong interpersonal skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Database development
  • Strategic leadership
  • Project Management
  • Operations management
  • Budgeting
  • Strategic planning
  • Contract Management
  • Schedule Coordination
University of East Anglia Norwich, Norfolk, UK, Expected in 2005 Master of Arts : Film Archiving - GPA :
North London University London, UK, Expected in 2001 Bachelor of Science : Information Management - GPA :
Ballard High School Louisville, KY Expected in 1989 High School Diploma : - GPA :
Fishguard Secondary School Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Expected in 1987 : O Levels - GPA :
Work History
American Museum Of Natural History - Assistant Director and Curator of Regional Collections,
New York, NY, 01/2012 - Current
  • Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC), Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries. Currently Interim Director.
  • Responsible for supervision of employees, grant planning, budgets, strategic planning, unit workflows and curatorial control of two large collections (Chinese Film Collection and Regional Collections which include Home Movies and University Films).
  • Also responsible for preservation and conservation activities, communication, internal meetings, acting as liaison with University departments, representing film archive at social and professional events, coordinating and acting as vaults and facilities manager, and coordinating film screenings and outreach programs for archive collections.
  • Created and updated physical records and digital files to maintain current, accurate and compliant documentation.
  • Tracked key metrics and made recommendations for proactive adjustments to policies and procedures.
  • Led team of curators in special projects and daily operations.
  • Worked closely with managers to provide effective assistance for specific aspects of production operation and curatorial control.
National Aeronautics And Space Administration - Project Archivist
Moffett Field, CA, 05/2011 - 12/2011
  • Project Archivist on the Marlon Riggs Collection to process, catalogue and produce finding aid on filmmaker’s collection of papers and video.
  • Authenticated and appraised several hundred historical documents and archival materials. Researched and recorded origins, provenance and historical significance of archival materials. Evaluated hundreds of video tapes and records for accuracy, value and status of preservation.
London Metropolitan Archives - Archivist (Film)
City, STATE, 10/2008 - 03/2011
  • Solo Film Archivist to the City of London; main duties involved setting up and running a functioning, accessible film archive, incorporating the City of London’s collected but uncataloged film, video and audio collection.
  • Tasks included inventorying and identifying entire audiovisual collection, conservation and preservation of film and video elements, cataloging and digitization of assets, handling all AV related enquiries, maintenance and sourcing of obsolete film and video equipment and supplies for archive, training of staff, presentation of film and video in talks and screenings, scheduling and supervising interns and volunteers, all internal and external documentation, and representing the City of London and LMA.
  • Researched and recorded origins, provenance and historical significance of archival materials. Developed classification systems to facilitate public access to archived materials.
  • Directed several volunteers and employees engaged in cataloging, designing exhibits and recording artifacts. Designed innovative and interactive exhibits to showcase newly procured and digitized items.
  • Collaborated with both internal archive departments and external funding bodies to achieve outreach projects involving film screenings and training programs.
The Science Museum - Content Coordinator, History of Medicine Project
City, STATE, 01/2008 - 10/2008
  • Coordinator of themed content and assets for digitization in History of Medicine Project.
  • Monitored tracking of assets, author’s content, additional enhancements and editorial processes over two locations.
  • Handled research and provided critical appraisal of accompanying assets to augment project content.
  • Managed content distribution to online channels and social media platforms.
  • Approved, reviewed and edited all content flowing to website, approving over 200 pieces of content per month.
  • Streamlined functions by developing and implementing processes and task management ticket systems.
BUFVC, Newsfilm Online - Deputy Project Manager
City, STATE, 06/2005 - 01/2008
  • Provided administrative management, planning of resources, quality control of assets, supervision and training of staff.
  • Acted as team leader and weekend supervisor for split shift system, as well as daily trouble shooter for technical problems.
  • Managed film and tape assets within project.
  • Cataloged news reports; selected news reports for digitization, managed transcoding and encoding workflows and quality control of end product.
  • Maintained tactical control of project budgets and timelines to keep teams on task and achieve schedule targets. Liaised with software and database developers.
  • Produced weekly reports updating senior leaders on progress and roadblocks.
  • Compiled information from multiple, reliable sources and uploaded to system using Imagen software (Cambridge Imaging).
  • Supported senior managers and department leaders by completing projects and problem resolution under tight budgets and schedule demands.
  • Scheduled and facilitated meetings between project stakeholders to discuss deliverables, schedules and conflicts.
  • Maintained open communication by presenting regular updates on project status to team leaders and members. Reported regularly to managers on project budget, progress and technical problems.
  • Recruited and oversaw personnel to achieve performance and quality targets. Tracked project and team member performance closely to quickly intervene in mistakes or delays. Managed team members; monitored and reported on staff efficiency.

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School Attended

  • University of East Anglia
  • North London University
  • Ballard High School
  • Fishguard Secondary School

Job Titles Held:

  • Assistant Director and Curator of Regional Collections,
  • Project Archivist
  • Archivist (Film)
  • Content Coordinator, History of Medicine Project
  • Deputy Project Manager


  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • High School Diploma

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