Presenting at AIM
Presenting alongside my partner Catherine Harmon at the 2014 Assocation of Indiana Museums Annual Conference
Experience in Large Museums
I've worked for a number of years as both a volunteer and intern at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. Credit: Photo by Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution.
Experience in Small Museums
I also have experience in small museums, like my internship at the Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana in 2014.
Collections and Registration Focused
My passion is maintaining and organizing museum collections. By doing so, I help the museum protect and utilize their collections in order to better serve their audiences. Credit: Photo by Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution.
Traveling the Globe
I travel around the country and around the globe visiting museums and sites to broaden my museum knowledge. Visiting an archaeological site, Mukawer in Jordan, 2015.
Collections Care Fair
Assisting Claire Hoevel, the IMA's senior paper conservator, at the Collections Care Fair, hosted by the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, April 5, 2014.
Cleaning taxidermy at Eagle Creek Park, Ornithology Center, 2014. One of many community outreach projects I have been involved in.
Nicknamed the “Traveling Museologist”, I use my life and travel experiences to shape my knowledge in the museum field. I synthesize these sources to bring better ways of thinking to organize collections so that others may learn from them.
As a museum professional, I believe in:
Collaboration between museum collections and the groups they represent are critical
Collections should be made accessible to the public (including but not limited to) through research requests, collections tours, online collections, and objects on display
To uphold the collections policy and protect the collection from harm and misuse from the environment, people, and institutions
Continuous learning and growth through conferences, seminars, workshops, and recent literature are necessary for the continued preservation of collections