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  • 1. Marliese S. Thomas @msthomas • thomas.marliese@gmail.comEDUCATION • MLIS, Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama, School of Library and Information Studies, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2007. • BA, Communications, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, 2003.EXPERIENCEUser Engagement and Reference LibrarianSamford University, Birmingham, AL January 2012 to present • Increase awareness of the University Library through social media outlets and outreach activities across campus. This includes the Library’s Twitter, Facebook, and blog accounts. • Establish relationships with centers and departments for cross-promotional activities to engage users in furthering the University’s core curriculum values and utilize library services. • Serve as liaison for marketing initiatives within the library, including displays, advertising, and reference web presence. This includes LibGuides, LibAnswers, and some vendor-enabled search interfaces. • Provide library instruction sessions in coordination with professors, highlighting the values of information literacy and ethical use of materials in scholarly work. Also provide this kind of assistance at the reference desk, including some nights and weekends.Librarian for Special Collections TechnologyAuburn University, Auburn, AL January 2011 to January 2012 • Implemented projects that raised the profile of special collections online. This included developing a way to add web-scale search ability to finding aids and catalog records and importing all digital collections into the new discovery tool, called Catalog. • Provided reference services at the general reference desk and within the Special Collections and Archives. This included questions that come through one-on-one visits, e-mail, online chat, and phone. • Served on library event committees including Tailgate @the Library, RBDpalooza, and the winning team at the Lee County Literacy Council Great Grown-up Spelling Bee. These events had various aims, mostly targeting students’ awareness of information literacy, library services, and resources.
  • 2. Marliese Thomas / Page 2 of 3Database Enhancement LibrarianAuburn University, Auburn, AL November 2007 to December 2010 • Served as project manager to identify user needs and wants regarding catalog searching and develop an open-source* product that allows students enhanced ways to search the catalog and digital items. This included conducting user research and feedback gathering as part of the development process. This project was a cross-departmental effort. *Open-source products are free to download, but have no provided technical support. Open Office is anexample of this. • Developed EBSCO Discovery Service test site for Auburn University Libraries, one of 30 locations worldwide to participate in initial phase testing. I also served on EBSCO Publishing’s Net Book Advisory Group. • Served as a liaison between public services and technical services, providing training in new software and “lifehacks” to promote efficiency and collaboration for staff. These sessions included ways patrons and staff could maximize use of tools already provided, such as extra features available in article databases, or free services helpful to organizing work/learning environments, such as Google Reader, social networking tools, and RSS feeds. • Collaborated with various user communities to problem-solve bugs during the design process and to gain support throughout the various development phases. This involved one-on-one meetings with administrators, public forums, making myself accessible for questions, and creating marketing tools to explain technical concepts in an understandable way. • Maintained various communications gateways for each project, including internal wikis and blogs. I worked with the Libraries’ website designer to customize these profiles to fit each project’s needs.Assistant BuyerAmerican Wholesale Book Company/Book$mart, Irondale, AL September 2005 to May 2007 • Created a more user-friendly order form in Microsoft Excel for the discount wholesale division to use, streamlining the order fulfillment process and increasing accuracy. • Created a coding system for use with books at trade shows, allowing for faster order typing and more accurate inventory counts on-site.Communications & Marketing SpecialistAmerican Cancer Society, Shreveport, LA July 2004 to August 2005 • Provided marketing support for 10 staff and 3 Demographic Market Areas covering the upper 37 parishes of Louisiana. Coordinated news coverage for events and awareness topics, ensured advertising placement in accord with sponsorship contracts. • Maintained brand continuity for all materials related to the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life, and associated programs.
  • 3. Marliese Thomas / Page 3 of 3HONORS AND SELECT SCHOLARLY CONTRIBUTIONS• EBSCOHost Award for Outstanding Research, shared with Dana Caudle and Cecilia Schmitz. Awarded 9 April 2009.• Daily Point of Light #2746, a national award from the Points of Light Institute for volunteer service in recognition of work in the area of cancer awareness and prevention. Awarded 13 August 2004.Selected Presentations• “Finding finding aids: bringing integrated search strategies to special collections.” 2011 LITA National Forum, St. Louis, Missouri, 1-2 October, 2011.• “Communicate openly: managing project development with available and open-source tools.” 2011 LITA National Forum, St. Louis, Missouri, 1-2 October, 2011.• Keynote address. “How Many Dimensions of Compatibility? Discovering What’s Right for your Users,” Discovery Day Camp at University of Houston Libraries, Houston, Texas, 10 June, 2011.• “Enabling Discovery via the Cloud,” co-presented with Michael Gorrell, 2010 LITA National Forum, Atlanta, Georgia, 2-4 October 2010.• “Discovery Layer or Monster Mash?” co-presented with Greg Schmidt, ALCTS Cataloging Norms Interest Group, American Library Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 26 June 2010.Peer-reviewed Articles• Thomas, Marliese, Dana M. Caudle, and Cecilia Schmitz. “Trashy tags: problematic tags in Library Thing.” New Library World 111, no. 5/6 (2010): 223-235.• Thomas, Marliese, Dana M. Caudle, and Cecilia Schmitz. “To Tag or not to Tag.” Library Hi Tech 27, no. 3 (2009): 411-434.SELECTED SERVICEProfessional Memberships• American Library Association, 2005 – present o New Members Roundtable• Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), 2008 – present o Chair, Standards Interest Group, 2010 – 2012 o Code Year Interest Group, 2012 o Instructional Technology Interest Group, 2012• Library School Association, University of Alabama SLIS o Board of Advisors, 2011 – present• Society of Alabama Archivists, 2007 – present• Alabama Library Association, 2007 – present o Chair, Education Committee, 2011-present

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