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Grant Writing

Though I didn’t need the extra credit for graduation, I took the Grant Writing for Libraries course offered at St. Catherine University.  Through the course I developed an idea for a library grant (building a zine creation lab at the Minneapolis Community & Technical College Library), searched for appropriate grants, and finally, completed the writing of my grant proposal.  With much toil and tedious work, I finished with an understanding of the grant writing process and the completed grant application below.  To view, download the file, scroll down to the “Attachments Form,” and click the “View Attachment” buttons to the right of each attached document.

Grant Proposal

The above grant proposal was written for the Minneapolis Community & Technical College Library.

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Library Maps

Noticing the current maps hanging in the St. Catherine University, St. Paul campus Library were out-of-date and oriented incorrectly, I decided to make a project out of creating new, updated maps.  With collaboration of several librarians I was able to construct user-friendly maps in Microsoft® PowerPoint®, which allows them to be easily edited for future changes.  In addition to the multiple maps created for the St. Paul campus Library, I made a new map for the Minneapolis campus Library.

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The St. Catherine University logo appears courtesy of St. Catherine University.

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Collaborative Wiki

I began thinking of ways to improve the user experience of the St. Catherine University Libraries and began asking my co-workers, fellow circulation student employees, about how we could do this.  Because of my experience using wikis, I suggested that we all add ideas to a wiki that I created, titled “How to Make the SCU Library More User-Friendly.” Our supervisor at the St. Paul campus was willing to make comments and have discussions about the plausibility of these ideas.  From this list, several improvements have been made to the services offered at the St. Catherine University Libraries, among them, the updated library maps that I created.

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Above are screenshots from the wiki.

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Mind-Mapping for Research

For my Music Librarianship course, I used Mindomo© mind-mapping software to build and display my research on the American traditional song, Stagger Lee.  I used it to show aspects of the song that would not be readily found using traditional cataloging methods. Please click through the mind map, using the link below, for an example of my use of new technologies to present research.

Stagger Lee Mind Map

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Web Design

For my Internet Fundamentals & Design course, we were tasked with creating or redesigning a website about an information center.  Due to my love of the sport of hockey, I chose to redesign the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum website.  The current website feels a bit outdated, so I chose to update it using the skills I learned in the course and with a lot of hours spent tweaking code.  I borrowed quite a bit of content from the current site and created my own.  Below is a screenshot of the functional site I built.  The site is not live, so I can only show screenshots.

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All information in the image above is from the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum.