Elizabeth M Beers

Professional Experience

Web Developer
MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
Ann Arbor, MI
February 2011 –

  • Collaborated with University of Michigan Press authors and editors to develop community sites aligned with Press products.
  • Developed requirements and specifications and evaluated technologies and information architecture strategies for major redesign of an ecommerce and marketing website.
  • Provided design and front-end development of WordPress sites for scholarly communication and open access publishing.
  • Consulted with other departments on issues of design and usability.

Adjunct Instructor
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL
January 2011 – May 2011

  • Classes taught: LIS490TEL: Introduction to Technology in Library and Information Science

Digital Services Assistant
Kresge Business Administration Library, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
December 2009 – February 2011

  • Implemented new design templates on the Library’s website, catalog, blog, wiki, and FAQ site.
  • Designed and conducted usability tests for a major site redesign and subsequent service enhancements.
  • Collaborated with librarians on the creation of instructional videos and other training materials.
  • Customized library interfaces to facilitate patron usage.
  • Provided support and development for library web services.

Reference/Technology Librarian
Gelman Library, The George Washington University
Washington, DC
October 2007 – August 2009

  • Designed and conducted qualitative analyses of library services, the results of which made substantive contributions to the development of library service initiatives
  • Coordinated the software, training, statistics, and assessment components of the library’s IM reference service
  • Managed the library’s research guide initiatives, including the evaluation and implementation of LibGuides
  • Designed and conducted technology training and professional development workshops for colleagues
  • Evaluated software and made recommendations for library implementation
  • Served on steering committees for web initiatives, emerging technologies, reference services, and outreach activities at the library
  • Provided reference services in person, by phone, via IM, and in personalized research appointments

Visiting Computer Assisted Instruction Specialist; Graduate Assistant
Instructional Technology and Design Office, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL
January 2005 – October 2007

  • Researched and evaluated educational software and course management systems (CMS) for course delivery
  • Worked closely with applications development staff to test, implement, and improve Moodle CMS for enterprise-level use
  • Provided one-on-one training and assistance for instructors on instructional courseware
  • Developed documentation and conducted training workshops online and in person for users with varying levels of expertise
  • Provided technical support to students, faculty, and staff on instructional courseware and other GSLIS-supported systems
  • Conducted evaluations of teaching practices in online, on campus, and hybrid courses
  • Co-managed a staff of seven graduate assistants
  • Participated in campus-wide educational technology and online learning committees
  • Prepared materials and course spaces for online professional development courses offered through Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) grant project

Practical Instructor
College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
January 2006 – June 2007

  • Provided instruction on breast and pelvic exams to medical students and residents, placing specific emphasis on compassionate communication and patient education


Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA
October 2009 – Present

  • Contributed to information architecture and site maintenance work in preparation for a major website redesign.

American Library Association
Chicago, IL
October 2007

  • Designed and conducted two half-day workshops on basic and advanced features of Moodle CMS, which had recently been adopted by the American Library Association for delivery of e-learning courses.

Volunteer Work

Friday Mornings @ SELMA
Ann Arbor, MI
August 2009 – September 2010

  • Coordinated volunteer activities through mailing list management, data entry, and regular recruitment communication.
  • Assisted with food preparation and service.

Washington, DC
September 2008 – August 2009

  • Assisted the market master with weekly market set-up tasks.
  • Conducted market outreach by distributing promotional materials to neighborhood residents.
  • Helped with chef demonstrations at market.

King Street Cats
Alexandria, VA
January 2009 – August 2009

  • Fed and provided medication to cats in the shelter.
  • Cleaned shelter rooms and cat enclosures.

Technical Skills

Experienced in: HTML, CSS, Camtasia, Moodle, LibGuides, Plone, OpenCMS, Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft SharePoint, Real Audio tools, Confluence, MediaWiki, WordPress, Refworks, Microsoft Office suite, Apple and Windows operating systems.

Limited experience in: Innovative Millennium ILS, Aquabrowser, Unix, XML, MySQL, PHP, Javascript, Sakai, Elluminate, Camtasia, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Contribute.


Certificate of Advanced Study, Library and Information Science

Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Thesis project: “Examining the Preparation For Reference-Based Instruction Among Academic Librarians.”
Degree completed May 2009

Master of Science, Library and Information Science

Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Recipient of Information Systems/Technologies Award.
Degree completed December 2006

Bachelor of Arts, English with honors

Rockford College
Recipient of Presidential Scholarship
Degree completed May 2001

Presentations and Publications

Edwards, E. (2009). “OK, this is just too weird.”: Identifying outreach opportunities in Facebook.  Invited presentation given at the REFolution conference, Grantville, PA, 7 April 2009.  Available online: http://hdl.handle.net/1961/5135

Edwards, E. (2009). Learning from logs.  Cybertour given at Computers in Libraries conference, Arlington, VA, 31 March 2009.  Available online: http://hdl.handle.net/1961/5115

Bietila, D. & Edwards, E. (2009). Beyond the buzz: Planning library Facebook initiatives grounded in user needs. Presentation at ACRL National Conference, Seattle, WA, 4 March 2009.  Available online: http://hdl.handle.net/1961/5082

Edwards, E. (2008). Facebook & libraries: An ethnographic evaluation.  Presentation given at Internet Librarian conference, Monterey, CA, 20 October 2008.  Available online: http://hdl.handle.net/1961/4534

Bietila, D. & Edwards, E. (2008). “Okay, this is just too weird”: Identifying outreach opportunities in Facebook.  Presentation given at A Reference Renaissance conference, Denver, CO., 4 August 2008.  Available online: http://hdl.handle.net/1961/4533

Edwards, E. & Palacios-Wilhelm, S. (2008). Two programs, one service: Recursive assessment in the Gelman Library System’s IM reference service.  Virtual poster for the MARS Management of Electronic Resources and Services Committee, American Library Association Annual Meeting, 8 July 2008.  Available online: http://hdl.handle.net/1961/4532

Written by brixton

October 27, 2010 at 5:13 pm


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