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Professional Resume

Professional Experience

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY BENDER LIBRARY — Washington, DC

1/12 to present

Library Circulation Services Specialist, 1/12 to present

  • Complete assigned hours at the Borrowing Desk, circulate library materials to the borrowing community using multiple databases, answer patron questions about borrowing, access privileges, credentials and accounts to satisfy general patron service requests.

  • Manage routine operations and special projects to maintain and improve the condition of the Stacks and the discoverability of the general collection in print and what is represented within the catalog.

  • Conduct patron database and circulation transaction maintenance as well as correspondence activities

  • Share supervisory responsibilities with other circulation specialists in interviewing, hiring, and training over 25 – 30 part-time student assistants.

 

HILLWOOD ESTATE MUSEUM AND GARDENS — Washington, DC

 3/11 -1/12

Visitor Services Associate, 3/11 – 1/12, & 5/12 – present (per diem)                  5/12 – present

  • Facilitated visitor registration and check-in at Front Desk of Visitor Center using Vista database programs.

  • Served in Visitor Information office as an office administrator, answering phones, scheduling visits in Vista and Blue Skies, and running monthly program reports using the database.

  • Assisted with daily operations of the Museum through roving the Estate and Gardens, answering visitor inquiries, and addressing scheduled groups.

 

UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM — Washington, DC

5/10 -3/12

Museum Services Senior Intern, 5/10 – 3/12

Exhibitions Intern, 5/10 – 8/10

  • Assisted the Exhibitions Coordinator, Ramee Gentry, by using File Maker Pro to produce necessary script changes for object rotations in “State of Deception: Nazi Propaganda.”

  • Conducted research of oral history sources for prospective use in the next temporary exhibition on Collaboration.

  • Worked with Visitor Services to orient the public to the Museum, deliver group speeches, and facilitate everyday operations including roving, enforcing policies, and operating the Information and Pass desks.

  • Served as a website administrator for the Intern Enrichment program, maintain updated correspondence and spreadsheets regarding past interns, and edit, produce, and release a monthly electronic newsletter.

 

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY – Washington, DC

7/10 – 5/11

Bender Library Stacks and Circulation Assistant, 7/10-5/11

Federal Work Study History Department Assistant, 1/11-5/11

  • Conducted inventory, shelving, and discharging of books in American University’s collection using Voyager and Millennium database programs.

  • Served at the circulation desk to charge books, accept payments, and assist with inquiries regarding database navigation and book or article searches.

  • Assisted Kathy Franz and the Public History Department by filing prospective student applications, updating spreadsheets and files, facilitating tours and conducting surveys for Public History candidates.

  • Researched graduate programs, produced flyers and bulletins, and assisted in the planning of Public History Day as a final conference for graduate students.

 

SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY – Washington, DC

10/10 – 4/11

Collections Intern, 10/10-4/11

  • Assisted in the research and development of the American Enterprise Exhibition due for completion in 2013, utilizing Smithsonian archives and compiling bibliographic information.

  • Worked with the collections database on Mimsy and File Maker Pro programs and accessioned objects in the Computer collection.

ARLINGTON HOUSE: THE ROBERT E. LEE MEMORIAL – Arlington, VA

1/10 – 5/10

Waysides Project Intern, 1/10-5/10

  • Researched and produced the script material for three prospective wayside signs which interpret the landscape between Arlington House and the Cemetery, specifically addressing Headstone Symbols, the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial, and the Nurses Memorial.

  • Utilized and became proficient in the Adobe-In Design program and conformed all designs to National Park Service standards to create wayside mock-ups for approval and potential placement on the grounds. (Examples can be provided)

 

THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MUSEUM – Washington, DC

8/09 – 12/09

Collections Intern, 8/09-12/09

  • Worked with the collections database and recorded where there was a need for more object acquisitions.

  • Visited the off-site object storage facility in Maryland and completed several object condition reports.

 

SHIPPENSBURG HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Shippensburg, PA

5/07 – 9/07

Collections and Exhibitions Intern, 5/07-9/07

  • Designed and produced exhibits on the town of Shippensburg during the Civil War and WWI based on primary and secondary research.

  • Performed daily activities of a historical society including conducting inventory and using the archival database Past Perfect Pro for acquisitions and research.


Education

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY — Washington, DC

8/09 to 5/11

Earned Master’s Degree in European History, Public history track, concentration in Holocaust studies

Tool of Research: Oral History

 

Relevant Coursework: Public History Seminar and Practicum, Nazi Germany, European Colloquium I and II, Visual and Material Culture, Digital History

 

Online Digital History Resource: www.samanthahowell.com/womeninlodz

SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY — Shippensburg, PA

8/05 to 5/09

Earned Bachelor’s Degree in History

Honors: Magna cum Laude

Minors: Spanish and International Studies

Relevant Coursework/Achievements: Selected Topics: Civil War and Reconstruction, Selected Topics: Central Asia, Internship with Shippensburg Historical Society, Selected Topics: The Holocaust, Independent Study on Lodz Ghetto, Historian for Shippensburg’s Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society

SHIPPENSBURG AREA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL — Shippensburg, PA

8/01 to 6/05

Earned High School Diploma

Member of National Honor Society


Awards and Affiliations

  • Member of National Council of Public History, 1/11

  • Member of Phi Alpha Theta, History Honors Society, Shippensburg Chapter, Spring 2008

  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, Shippensburg Chapter, Spring 2008

  • Presented Research Paper on Women in Lodz Ghetto at Phi Alpha Theta Conference at Millersville University, April 2009, Received Paper of Distinction Award in European History.


Additional Information

  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office programs, Adobe In-Design, EndNote.

  • Adept with File Maker Pro, Mimsy, Past Perfect Pro, Vista, Blue Skies, Voyager, and Millennium databases.

  • Experienced in basic web site design and functions using WordPress programming.

  • Able to write, speak, and read Spanish at an advanced level.

  • CPR trained and certified, June 2013.