I’m a librarian working as a records manager in the private sector in Chicago. You can read a brief summary of my career below:
My identity and practice as an information professional is a natural extension of my personal commitment to accessibility, inclusion, and open government.
English is my third language – as a native Portuguese and Spanish speaker, I specialize in communicating with Latino audiences, particularly the so-called “1.5 generation.” I am trained as a museum evaluator and market researcher, and have experience designing and conducting surveys and providing professional translation and localization services in these languages. After working as an exhibit evaluator at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in library and information science because of my interest in data management. This degree program helped me to blend my interest in education evaluation and assessment with my previous work experience ensuring HIPPA compliance and data (prior to OMSI, I supported Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant programs in a research hospital setting).
During graduate school, I worked as an in-house Data Analyst for the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System in Hyattsville, Maryland. After graduating, I transitioned into records management, working for a small federal agency responsible for rule making and technical standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act. My work in this area has given me significant technical knowledge of physical and digital accessibility standards. I supported a variety of IT procurement functions under the supervision of the agency’s CIO, with an emphasis on the agency’s electronic records management program. I hold a variety of federal certifications and hope to return to federal service in the future.
A family move to Chicago led to new opportunities in the private sector: I now support records management and compliance at a large international management consulting company.
I was an ALA Emerging Leader in 2015 and was assigned to research library valuation methods for ALSC. You can see my group’s final poster here. As I am currently working outside the field, I’ve stepped back from my involvement with ALA, but I look forward to returning in the future to share my broad experience. I continue to mentor librarians interested in nontraditional careers and proudly serve as a Trustee at my local library.
I also have experience supporting formal academic research: during the 2013-2014 academic year, I was a graduate research assistant at Catholic University. From 2010-2012, I worked on a multi-year National Science Foundation grant conducting research with human subjects at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, where I was responsible for all aspects of liaising with an external IRB. I have prepared reports for NEH and NSF grants.
I operate a small consulting business headquartered in a HUB Zone, and am actively pursuing DBE certification. I work as a freelance researcher and also write business plans, data management plans, feature articles, grants, press releases, and most recently, zoning appeals. I am interested in subcontracting opportunities.
I am happy to serve as a reviewer for any projects in the field of libraries, museums and informal education (particularly for STEM projects). Please email me (anita @ anitalife.com) if you would like my CV.