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Laura Bang

Education:

M.L.S., College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, December 2009.

B.A. in Comparative Literature with a minor in Spanish, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, May 2005.

Work Experience:
Digital & Special Collections Curatorial Assistant—Falvey Memorial Library. Villanova University, Villanova, PA. April 2010—present. (Ranked at Library Professional II, as of May 2012.)

  • Assist with department operations of Special Collections, including: reference, cataloging, and acquisitions.
  • Oversee quality control and daily production of the Digital Library as well as contribute to metadata.
  • Curate exhibits independently and serve as co-curator or consultant on collaborative exhibits.
  • Manage social media accounts on appropriate platforms and develop other creative methods of sharing Special Collections and Digital Library content.
  • Founded the Library’s digital humanities program and currently serve as program coordinator and project manager for digital humanities and other digital scholarship projects, including several classroom-based projects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Collaborate with faculty and students on further development of the program.
  • Coordinate the monthly “Think Tank” meetings – a series of informal professional development sessions over lunch for Library staff to share technologies and trends of interest to the library profession.

Digitization Specialist—Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Washington, D.C. February 2010—April 2010.

  • Supervised digitization and cataloguing of photographs, negatives, and slides. Processed photo order inquiries.
  • Supervised and trained volunteers, interns, and part-time employees.
  • Created and edited catalog records. Reviewed records for consistency and accuracy.
  • Monitored reading room and provided reference assistance to researchers.
  • Assisted with organization of the collection for faster and easier access.

Archives Assistant—Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Washington, D.C. September 2007—May 2008; September 2008—February 2010.

  • Created and edited catalog records. Filed and labeled photographs and negatives.
  • Digitized photographs, negatives, and slides.
  • Processed collections and assisted with creation of finding aids.
  • Monitored reading room and provided basic reference assistance to researchers.

Archives Intern—Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. June 2008—August 2008.

  • Completed surveys for many small photograph collections.
  • Scanned photographs and created/edited records.
  • Assisted in the processing of incoming materials.
  • Served as liaison to an exhibit planning team, locating useful materials or providing reports on the contents of unprocessed collections relating to the exhibit’s themes.

Library Assistant—Youth Services. Santa Barbara Public Library, Santa Barbara, CA. September 2005—January 2007. (Ranked Library Assistant II in July 2006.)

  • Staffed children’s reference desk.
  • Monitored activity in the children’s room.
  • Prepared and performed biweekly preschool storytimes. Led a weekly book club for upper elementary school students.
  • Scheduled class visits and conducted tours for K-6th students, and assisted with tours for 7th-12th as needed.

Other Experience:

Organizer. PhillyDH, Philadelphia, PA. November 2012—present.

  • Founding member and part of the core organizing team for PhillyDH, a regional digital humanities interest group.
  • Manage the web and social media presence for the group, coordinating efforts of other volunteers in this area.
  • Assist with organizing events, such as the annual THATCamp Philly unconference.

Program Planning Committee Member. The 53rd Annual RBMS Preconference. March 2011—June 2012.

  • Participated in program planning and selection prior to the conference.

  • Showcased apps and technologies of interest at the “Technology Petting Zoo” at the conference.

Volunteer Bibliographer. Organization for Transformative Works, web. April 2011—November 2011.

  • Worked on initial population and curation of a Zotero bibliography of fan studies for the Journal committee.

Volunteer Librarian. William Way Community Center, Philadelphia, PA. April 2011—October 2011.

  • Staffed the Center library for a three-hour shift on Sunday afternoons.

Study Abroad. International Youth Library, Munich, Germany. July 2009 – August 2009.

  • Translated materials for website.
  • Sorted and assessed the English language collection in the lending library.

Conference Presentations:

“Building Together: Teaching Technical Skills Through Library and Faculty Collaboration.” Co-panelist. To be presented at the Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education Conference, Drew University, Madison, NJ. March 2016.

“The History Factory: Real People, Fiction, and the Production of Celebrity in the Wild West.” Presented at the national conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, New Orleans, LA. April 2015.

“Buried Treasure in the Basement: Stumbling onto a Popular Culture Collection.” Presented at the national conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Chicago, IL. April 2014.

“Yes, We Scan! Digital Library@Villanova University.” Presented at the spring program of the Tri-State College Library Cooperative, Chestnut Hill, PA. April 2013.

“Reaching for the Treetops: Digital Projects That Go Beyond the Stacks.” Presented at the unconference session of the national conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Philadelphia, PA. March/April 2011.

“Life on the Boundaries: Boundary practices and policies in a wiki-based fan community.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Boston, MA. November 2009.

Exhibits Curated:

My time will come”: Gregor Mendel, OSA, and the Origin of Genetics. Falvey Memorial Library. Fall 2015.

I Am the Resurrection and the Life” (John 11:25): An Easter Celebration from Special Collections. Falvey Memorial Library. April 2015; March – April 2013. A repeatable exhibit highlighting Easter materials.

Books Donated by Princess Maria Theresa Droutzkoy and Prince Alexis Droutzkoy. Mini exhibit. Falvey Memorial Library. Fall 2014 – Fall 2015.

Cabinets of Curiosity: Highlights from Special Collections. Falvey Memorial Library. January – March 2015; Summer 2012. An exhibit to feature new or rarely displayed materials.

Home Before the Leaves Fall: Lost Memories of the Great War. Falvey Memorial Library. Fall 2014.

Extra! Extra!: Newspapers in Special Collections. Co-curator. Falvey Memorial Library. Spring 2014. Jointly curated with another Library staff member and a professor from the English Department.

Christmas in Special Collections. Falvey Memorial Library. December 2013. A repeatable exhibit highlighting Christmas materials.

Curtain Call: Theatrical Materials in Special Collections and the University Archives. Falvey Memorial Library. Spring 2013.

Go Cats Go: Moments from the History of Athletics at Villanova University. Falvey Memorial Library. Fall 2012.

Remembering the U.S. Civil War. Mini exhibit. Falvey Memorial Library. Summer 2011.

Women’s History in Special Collections. Mini exhibit. Falvey Memorial Library. March 2011.

Black History in Special Collections. Mini exhibit. Falvey Memorial Library. February 2011.

Rambles, Sketches, Tours: Travellers & Tourism in Ireland. Falvey Memorial Library. Fall 2010.

Professional Organizations:

American Library Association (ALA) – Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS)

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Language Skills: Spanish (reading, writing)