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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 in metadata, digital libraries, taxonomies, information architecture, user experience design, web design, XML

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, corporate taxation, auditing and risk management, law

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

CERTIFICATES

Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives | 2018
Society of American Achivists
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Linked Data | 2016
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
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QuickBooks Pro | 2012
Intuit
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EXPERIENCE

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

Highlights

  • Metadata preparation for migration to a new digital asset management system (DAMS)
  • Integration of large-scale digitization collaborations across the Division
  • Sustainable storage and digital preservation workflows for in-house created digital assets

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

  • Teaching intermediate and advanced students: English grammar, spelling and punctuation, reading, pronunciation, vocabulary, composition skills, critical thinking skills

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

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
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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)