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EDUCATION

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)
Library and Information Science; concentration in Information Technologies | 2015
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Specializing inmetadata, digital libraries, taxonomies, information architecture, UX design, web design, instruction and reference

Master of Science (M.S.)
Accounting and Audit; concentration in Corporate Accounting | 2008
University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Specializing in corporate finances and financial analysis, fair valuation, management consulting, auditing and risk management, tax advising and corporate taxation

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Bulgarian and English Languages; concentration in Linguistics | 2001
University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Specializing in Bulgarian and English languages, historic linguistics, foreign languages (Russian, French), ancient languages (Latin, Church Slavonic language); minor: ancient and modern world literature; lesson planning and teaching methodology

CERTIFICATES

Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives | 2018
Society of American Achivists
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Linked Data | 2016
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
See certificate

QuickBooks Pro | 2012
Intuit
See certificate

EXPERIENCE

Visiting Digital Collections Librarian
University of Nevada - Las Vegas, University Libraries | 2018-current

Responsibilities

  • Participated in the ETL (extract, transform, load) processes of metadata workflows, also known as metadata remediation
  • Performed metadata management and authority work in TemaTres, ContentDM and Archive Space
  • Prepared archival collections for large-scale digitization
  • Performed quality review and provided feedback on digitized collections
  • Designed and administered CONTENTdm web modules and user interface customizations
  • Designed and implemented departmental workflows to support digital preservation goals in Special Collections & Archives
  • Supervised student assistants – training, work assignment, progress tracking, metadata feedback, scheduling and discipline

Accomplishments

  • Remediated large-scale data sets (48,000+ records) from legacy collections to normalize and prepare metadata for migration to new DAMS
  • Enriched and normalized 3000+ entries in controlled vocabularies
  • Supervised 4 students and managed large-scale ongoing digitization process
  • Refined digitization workflows and documentation, updated procedures and documented best practices

Project Manager (Nevada Digital Newspaper Project)
University of Nevada - Las Vegas, University Libraries | 2016-2018

Accomplishments

  • Successfully managed Nevada's largest newspaper digitization project yielding 100,000 historic pages for 2 years
  • Successfully trained full-time and part-time project staff
  • Successfully collaborated with partners and vendors on a national level
  • Successfully coordinated vendors, stakeholders and advisory board on a state level
  • Developed efficient workflow to streamline the process of digitization of historic newspapers
  • Developed and managed procedures and instructions for the project team
  • Developed the information architecture and the web design of the project website

Highlights

  • Supervised project staff consisting of full-time and part-time employees
  • Managed daily operations
  • Resolved multiple ongoing production issues and/or production delays; reprioritization
  • Technology troubleshooting
  • Communicated, collaborated with and reported to project stakeholders (co-investigators, Advisory board, duplication vendor, digitization vendor, awarding organizations)
  • Drafted metadata templates that adhere to the NDNP 2016 Technical Guidelines for Applicants 

Digital Collections Specialist
University of Nevada - Las Vegas, University Libraries | 2015-2016

Digital collections management

  • Supervised the digitization workflow
  • Reported project progress to department head
  • Developed efficient digitization workflow that ensured smooth operations
  • Developed flowcharts that enhance the digitization workflow and the metadata creation
  • Developed checklists that outline the recurring steps involved in various projects and tasks

Metadata quality control

  • Trained and supervised student assistants and volunteers Metadata management
  • Contributed to development of TemaTres – a local authority control management system for local and LoC authority terms
  • Added, edited, researched and approved metadata terms for the local controlled vocabularies
  • Prepared terms for linked data projects by assigning URIs and appropriate relationships
  • Collaborated with a programmer for software enhancements: improvement of functionalities and customization of TemaTres interface to fit the UNLV Digital Collections needs

Library Assistant (Reference Services)
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District | 2012-2016 

  • Provided reference services to patrons
  • Developed the Reference department procedures and guidelines
  • Developed the workflow for training newly hired employees/volunteers
  • Promoted the District electronic resources and databases
  • Instructed patrons how to use databases and how to retrieve information efficiently by applying various search techniques
  • Instructed patrons how to perform federated search in multiple databases such as EBSCOhost
  • Conducted research on request for ILL Dept. utilizing print and archival reference resources and microfilms
  • Cataloged current periodicals and ensured easy resource discovery by creating consistent and quality metadata
  • Collection development of the Slavic languages collection
  • Library tours for patrons and presented the spectrum of free library services

Chief Accountant
OTOM Ltd. | 2006-2011

  • Performed financial analysis and forecasts and reported to management
  • Responded to accounting inquiries from management
  • Assisted in budget preparation for the following year and other expense management activities
  • Monitored expenditures, analyzed revenues, determined budget variances
  • Performed month-end reconciliations and reports
  • Assisted in auditing activities and prepared requested documentations

ESL Teacher

Russe School District, Bulgaria | 2003-2006

  • Taught intermediate and advanced students: English grammar, spelling and punctuation, reading, pronunciation, vocabulary, composition skills, critical thinking skills
  • Created inspiring inclusive environment for ethnically, racially and religiously diverse students to promote academic success

PUBLICATIONS

July 2019
Journal of Archival Organization (JAO), Vol. 16, 2019 - issue 1

Successful Management of an Outsourced Large-scale Digitization Newspaper Project: Tips for effective collaboration, increased productivity and outstanding deliverables | peer-reviewed case study article (full text) 

February 2019
Against the Grain (ATG), Vol. 31, number 1
Digitization Workflows: Streamlining the digitization process and distinguishing the peculiarities in capturing various archival materials | case study article, editorial review (full text)

February 2019
Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS), Vol. 6
Microfilm, Manuscripts, and Photographs: A Case Study Comparing Three Large-Scale Digitization Projects | peer-reviewed case study article (full text)

December 2018
Digital Library Federation (DLF) website, Blog and News
The digital librarian: the liaison between digital collections and digital preservation | case study article (full text)

PRESENTATIONS

March 2020
UNLV Libraries, Digital Collections | Las Vegas, NV
Metadata for Compound Objects | training for metadata creators (60-min training) | training and hands-on activities

October 2019
LITA (Library and Information Technology Association) Online Learning | online webinar
In-house vs. Outsourced Digitization: similarities, key differences and pitfalls to avoid (60-min webinar) | presentation online (see details)

May 2019
Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists & Society of Southwest Archivists Joint Annual Meeting | Tucson, AZ
Data Remediation at Scale: How to Clean Up Your Metadata Quickly and Effectively Using Excel (75-min workshop) | presentation, demonstration  (see details)

May 2019
Nevada Statewide Large-scale Digitization Workshop | UNLV Libraries, Las Vegas, NV
Metadata: An Overview for Digital Collections | presentation  (see details)

April 2019
Association of College & Research Libraries Conference (ACRL 2019) | Cleveland, OH
From Temporary to Transformative: Leveraging Externally-Funded Special Collections Projects as Organizational Learning and Development Opportunities (45-min presentation) | poster presentation, co-author (see details)

March 2019
ER&L (Electronic Resources & Libraries) Annual Conference | Austin, TX
Creating WordPress websites for librarians (90-min workshop) | presentation, demonstration, hands-on activities (see details)

March 2019
UNLV Special Collections and Archives Quarterly Division Meeting | Las Vegas, NV
Metadata Remediation: updates, procedures, workflows | presentation

February 2019
UNLV Libraries, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Creating WordPress websites for librarians (90-min workshop) | presentation, demonstration, hands-on activities

November 2018
LITA Forum 2018 | Minneapolis, MN
Building websites and leading librarians to a new level of project engagement | presentation and demo (see details)

October 2018
NDSA DigiPres Forum 2018 | Henderson, NV
The digital librarian: the liaison between digital collections and digital preservation | lightning talk and poster (see details)

October 2018
NLA Annual 2018 | Las Vegas, NV
Digitization revealed | presentation (see details)

June 2018
ALA Annual 2018 | New Orleans, LA
Achieving efficiency in large-scale digitization project management with free IT tools | lightning talk (see details)

June 2018
ALA Annual 2018 | New Orleans, LA
Techniques for successful management of a large-scale newspaper digitization project with outsourced digitization | poster session (see details)

May 2018
Windmill Library | Las Vegas, NV
Nevada Digital Newspaper Project | presentation tailored for librarians

April 2018
Boulder City Library | Boulder City, NV
Nevada Digital Newspaper Project | presentation tailored for librarians

March 2018
Paseo Verde Library | Henderson, NV
Nevada Digital Newspaper Project | presentation tailored for genealogy researchers

For more presentations, details about the events and presentation slides, please visit www.marina-expertise.com/presentations

AWARDS

October 2019
Library faculty member with the most open access publications added to Digital Scholarship@UNLV | Scholarly Communications Initiatives
See certificate

MEMBERSHIP

Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) | 2018-

American Library Association (ALA) | 2018-

Nevada Library Association (NLA) | 2013-2015

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

DLF Forum Planning Committee, Member | Digital Library Federation  (DLF)
Conference planning | Program drafting
Jan 2019 - Jul 2019

Session moderator “Lightning Talks” | Association of College & Research Libraries Conference  (ACRL)
Session moderation of 10 people | Timing | Introductions  
Apr 2019 

Survey Sub-commitee, Member | MAP Taskforce | Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL)
Developing survey for participating repositories | Survey analysis  
Sept 2018 - Feb 2019

MAP Taskforce, Member | Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL)
MWDL Metadata Application Profile review and revision
Aug 2018 - Feb 2019

Programming Co-chair | NLA Annual Conference 2018 | Las Vegas, NV
Conference planning | Proposal review | Program drafting | Session scheduling | Room assignment | Communication with speakers  
May 2018 - Nov 2018

Planning Committee, Member | NDSA Digital Preservation Conference 2018 #DigiPres18 | Las Vegas, NV
Conference planning | Keynote speaker | Proposal review | Registration
Feb 2018 - Nov 2018

Program Sub-committee, Member | NDSA Digital Preservation Conference 2018 #DigiPres18 | Las Vegas, NV
Program drafting | Session scheduling | Room assignment 
May 2018 - Aug 2018

Session moderator | NDSA Digital Preservation Conference 2018 #DigiPres18 | Las Vegas, NV
Session moderation | Timing | Communication and cooridination with presenters
Aug 2018 - Oct 2018

LIBRARY SERVICE

Sciences Librarian Search Committee, Member | UNLV Libraries, Las Vegas, NV
Sept 2019 - 

Music and Dance Librarian Search Committee, Member | UNLV Libraries, Las Vegas, NV
Mar 2018 - Oct 2018

EXPERTISE

Metadata | Dublin core, MODS, METS, VRA, CONTENTdm, Omeka

Controlled vocabularies | LCSH, LCNAF, FAST, TGM, TGN, AAT, ULAN

Technology | HTML5, CSS3, XML, XSLT, CONTENTdm, Project Client, Archive Space, Omeka, OpenRefine, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, PHP MyAdmin, OCLC Connection, Google cloud office products, Phase One, Oxygen XML editor, Axure RP Pro

KEY STRENGTHS

  • Project management
  • Metadata design and management
  • Workflow development
  • Instruction and training
  • Research
  • Information architecture
  • Web design / graphic design
  • User experience design

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Fluent knowledge of English and Bulgarian

Reading knowledge of Russian and French

Expert in using the Cyrillic alphabet (reading | writing)