In brief: I have a BA in English (focus on Gothic and Romantic Literature), MLIS degree (focus on information architecture, organization & metadata); additional graduate level work in Instructional Technology & Design and Computer Science (Programming), considerable continuing education in web design, art, and more.
Although I have served as a librarian for many years with progressive responsibilities and leadership (Librarian IV: University of Georgia), I have been involved in technology and programming since the early 2000s. As the only girl in the first programming class in my high school, my interest in technology continues to this day.
My roles have often walked the line between systems, web, and cataloging; with work in libraries, technology companies, and in a Center for Teaching & Learning. I have handcoded websites, migrated databases working directly with MySQL to import data from one system to another, migrated data through APIs, built widgets (including an experimental FBML widget between Facebook and my ILS), developed a digital library, and contributed code and programming support to an opensource publishing platform. Much of my personal work has been about exploring and extending technology, to make it work better for us.
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I have over 10 years' experience in teaching/training focused on developing high quality learner-centered training programs built on a strong understanding of online learning environments, pedagogies, and best practices. Training has included writing curricula, creating content and tutorials, and teaching online and face-to-face to library and IT staff ranging from public libraries to academic institutions. Clients have included the Pennsylvania Public Library System (Drupal Implementation), Southeast Florida Library System (SEFLIN) ; GPLS, and Brown University, on topics related to data management, metadata, and technology. (For more information, please visit my workshop list, teaching philosophy, and testimonials.
As a technical writer, I have written procedures, workflows, and best practices for a variety of groups including the University of Georgia Libraries, University System of Georgia (Cataloging, Metadata), ATCx3 Consortia (white papers, metadata mappings, procedures), and as an early beta tester and technical writer for Evergreen/Equinox (Evergreen/Pines software).
Semantic Web Technologies & Social Searching for Librarians (McFarland); Chapters in Time and Project Management Strategies for Librarians; Radical Cataloging: Essays from the Front GLQ articles: Stressed! (Organize or Reorganize your life); and COMO Whitepaper, The Impact of Automation on Staffing
New Georgia Encyclopedia Articles (Museums): Albany Museum of Art, LaGrange Art Museum, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Atlanta College of Art, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Savannah College of Art and Design, Architecture Program and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art; Actors: Susan Hayward (1917-1975), Charles Coburn (1877-1961), and Joanne Woodward (b. 1930).
TECH Set Interview/PodCast (ALA); WREK: Lost in the Stacks (the Library Radio Show): Episode 196 Handling New Media; Our Metadata Trail; and The Semantic Web on Lost in the Stacks (the Library Radio Show, 2013-14). Interview for Semantic Web Technlogies & Social Searching for Librarians; Soundboard Invitational Speaker
My formal dossier for promotion to Librarian IV (the highest ranking) is located at http://www.robinfay.net/cv/ it is built in Jquery following predescribed templates and structures for a dossier.
Most recently, I worked with virtual reality as part of a Center for Teaching & Learning project. I continue to work with with a variety of multimedia in digital projects as well as "traditional" multimedia in a 2D form utilizing such media as sand, found objects, and stucco. Some wonder how art and technology fit together. Problemsolving is an important part of technology, especially programming. Problemsolving is creative -- thinking outside "the box" = thinking creatively. Problemsolving is hugely important in writing code, developing software, workflows, and in evaluating user experience.