Curriculum Vitae


Master of Library Science, 2017, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, Indiana

Bachelor of Arts in History, 2015, Purdue University, Hammond, Indiana


Google IT Support Professional Certificate, 2020

Library Experience

Digital Assets Librarian, The Morton Arboretum, October 2019-Present

  • Establish and maintain best practices in digital asset management. Ensure by following best practices and recognized standards to oversee quality control and preservation of digital assets. Develop efficient workflows for digitization of a variety of media.

  • Assist with requests for access to and/or use of images from outside users including rights management and copyright compliance.

  • Assist the Library Collections Manager to prioritize archives projects, process archives collections, and create finding aids/online access.

  • Engage with a variety of audiences to understand their library- and archive- related information needs; work with Library staff to evaluate and deploy solutions that meet those needs.

Archivist/Access Services Librarian, The Morton Arboretum, December 2017-October 2019

  • Maintained the archival collections, including preparing retention schedules, accessioning, deaccessioning, inventorying, processing, cataloging, and creation of finding aids.

  • Facilitated initiatives related to digitization, access, and other metadata-dependent efforts to capture, describe, manage, preserve, and share the collections of the Sterling Morton Library.

  • Researched, evaluated, and offered recommendations to Arboretum staff on best practices regarding document management/retention and assist with acquiring and organizing these materials for research, design, and preservation purposes.

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Prairie State College, July 2017-December 2017

  • Taught information literacy concepts to English and Communication classes. Collaborated with instructors/professors to design sessions specific to the needs of their students.

  • Answered reference questions via online chat, email, telephone, and in-person.

  • Created and managed subject guides (LibGuides) to assist students with their information.

Reference Librarian, University of St. Francis, July 2017-December 2017

  • Answered reference questions via online chat, email, telephone, or in-person.

  • Processed Interlibrary Loan requests through ILLIAD and OCLC.

  • Proctored student exams.

Curt Teich Processing Assistant, The Newberry Library, February 2017-July 2017

  • Cleaned original envelopes following protocols established by Newberry conservators.

  • Rehoused contents in archival folders and boxes.

  • Prepared container lists in a Word format compatible with the archival professional standard, Encoded Archival Description (EAD).

Library Assistant, Purdue University Northwest, July 2015-November 2016

  • Assisted students, faculty and staff with basic circulation desk functions, including circulation and reserve materials, interlibrary loan materials and library rules and procedures.

  • Collaborated with student success center, academic advisors, writing center, and tutors to provide a balanced service oriented space for students.

  • Provided clerical support to Director, Assistant Director, and Reference Coordinator; including preparing reports, typing correspondence, assisting with promoting library resources, preparing and marketing flyers and brochures.

Additional Work Experience

Shift Supervisor, Associate Trainer, Sales Associate, Panera Bread, November 2010-July 2017

  • Provided guests with exceptional customer service.

  • Created spreadsheets and word documents to create detailed reports concerning café sales and customer feedback.

  • Directed team members to follow café policies, procedures, and adhere to merchandising and cleanliness standards.


"Using CollectiveAccess to transition volunteer efforts into remote projects: a SWOT analysis". Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, Volume 32, Issue 4, December 2020.

"Working Through COVID-19: The Sterling Morton Library." MAC Newsletter, July 2020.

"Writing Our Comeback Stories." Archival Outlook, May/June 2020.

"Creating a Podcast for Free: The Chicago Open Archives Podcast." MAC Newsletter, April 2020.

Meet Danielle Nowak, Access Services Librarian, the Sterling Morton Library.” MAC Newsletter, July 2018.

Preserving the Day that Preserves the Trees: Arbor Day at The Morton Arboretum.” Archival Outlook, April/May 2018.


Instilling Data Management to Undergraduate Students. Lightening Talk at the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp (GLSBC), 2019.

My Comeback Story: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome in the Archival Profession. Lightening Talk at the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC), 2019.

Using Special Collections to Encourage User Interaction. Poster Session at the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC), 2018.

Current Projects

Project Chair of Chicago Open Archives Podcast, 2018-Present.

Assistant Editor of the Mixed Media Column: Midwest Archives Conference Newsletter, 2019-Present.

Professional Organizations

Chicago Area Archivists, 2018-Present

Society of American Archivists, 2018-Present

Midwest Archives Conference (MAC), 2018-Present

National Women’s Studies Association, 2018-Present