Jason A. Clark

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  • 1811 South Black Avenue, Unit B
  • Bozeman, MT 59715
  • 406.579.6360

Education:

BA English and Philosophy, Marquette University, 1996

MA English, University of Vermont, 2002

MLS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library & Information Studies, 2003

Information Agency and Information Technology Experience:

Head, Library Informatics & Computing, Montana State University (MSU) Library (April 2014 - present)
Team Leader, Digital Access & Web Services, Montana State University (MSU) Library (January 2008 - April 2014)
Digital Initiatives Librarian, Montana State University (MSU) Library (July 2005 - present)

As the Head of Library Informatics & Computing at Montana State University Library, I build and direct the digital branch of the library. In my work, I have focused on semantic web development, digital library development, metadata and data modeling, web services and APIs, and search engine optimization. I oversee 6 staff and 2 faculty related to library informatics and computing and am the manager for the systems administration, software development, user experience and analytics, and data services programs at the library. In my project work, I have looked to integrate clean information design, structured data principles, and emerging internet platforms to adapt and extend library services.

Project Example: Development and design of search and retrieval interface for Montana State University Science and Natural History Film archive along with metadata markup to enable harvesting of data by other institutions. Available at arc.lib.montana.edu/msu-film-archive/

Web Services/Reference Librarian, Williams College Libraries (October 2003 - July 2005)

Creation, design and maintenance of Williams College Library pages and web sites. Manage five person web team and supervise all phases of library web project life cycle. Develop digital library projects as member of digitization committee. Apply XML and open metadata standards like OAI to library web projects. Conduct reference interviews and library instruction sessions for Williams College community. Act as library liaison for Computer Science and English Departments.

Project Example: Redesign of library indexes and databases page using MySQL and PHP along with a relational database architecture.

Project Assistant, University of Wisconsin Digital Content Group (September 2002 - September 2003)

Developed a command of the concepts and procedures of digital library initiatives including: the capture of data in all formats, the application of metadata standards like Dublin Core and modified MARC, and the markup of data for the web using (x)HTML and XML. Mined and mapped data from project databases to group web sites and helped with design and coding of these sites. Researched and reported on the software and current practices of web design for digital libraries to project leader. Trained staff in disbinding and preparation of items for digitization and offered consult on use of technologies and office software.

Project Example: Converted 20 volumes of the Wisconsin Alumni Magazine from manuscript form to digital form for an online research guide and database.

Cybrarian/Web Administrator, UW Division of Information Technology (July 2001 -September 2003)

Creation, design and maintenance of DoIT intranet and extranet pages and web sites. Coordinate and develop basic networking procedures, software implementation decisions, and content management strategies on intranet and extranet web server. Write and edit articles on current IT developments, applications, and initiatives for DoIT's monthly public newsletter and DoIT's internal weekly newsletter. Provide help desk support on office and web applications to users of DoIT local area network. Manage technology resources for DoIT researchers and technologists including collection decisions, book ordering, and cataloging. Conduct reference interviews and information retrieval for technologists and other patrons. Administer database and manage institutional records for DoIT Resource Center.

Project Example: Redesign of Resource Center web site to include a search and status report on collection, primarily achieved by assigning a controlled vocabulary and proper metadata.

Reference Practicum at UW Wendt Engineering Library (September 2002 - December 2002)

As a student worker for class credit, conducted reference interviews, performed information retrieval, and mastered Engineering and Computer Science databases.

Project Example: Created subject guide for research on engineering failures for faculty and students citing print, web, and database resources.

Library Services Assistant, UW Journalism Reading Room (August 2001 - May 2002)

Performed circulation, reference and collection maintenance duties including cataloging.

Project Example: Weeded collection under guidance of head librarian and cataloged journals on a weekly basis.

Library Services Assistant, UW Health Sciences - Pharmacy Library (July 2000 - July 2001)

Managed circulation and reference services, information retrieval, student supervision/training, automation and help desk support, web site design, and document delivery services.

Project Example: As member of the reference services team, worked to implement Library Express, a document delivery system that allows patrons to receive scanned articles on their desktop.

Circulation and Technology Assistant, Champlain College (VT) (August 1999 - July 2000)

Assisted students, faculty, and staff with library use, computers, photocopiers, and AV equipment; supervised building, students, and library circulation system.

Bookstore Clerk, Bygone Books (VT) (June 1999 - July 2000)

Assisted patrons with questions regarding store collection. Catalogued rare book collection for internet sales. Conducted book searches for patrons and booksellers.

Library Assistant, Marquette Memorial Library (Jan. 1995 - Dec. 1996)

Research Assistant - Researched archival records, appointed Undergraduate Advisor to Memorial Library Board. Circulation Assistant - directed patron service and information; responsible for classification and shelving of library collection; organized and updated library records.

Teaching Experience:

ESL Instructor, Essex School District (VT) (Sept. 1999 - June 2000)

Instructed English language and idioms to five Bosnian refugees. Educated each student according to language aptitude level ranging from third grade to high school.

Lecturer, Community College of Vermont (Jan. 2000 - May 2000)

Taught a section of Business and Professional Writing. Integrated fundamentals of writing into business contexts.

University of Vermont, English Department (Sept. 1997 - June 1999)

Taught “Written Expression” (English 1 composition) in traditional and computer classrooms. English 001 Writing Committee – drafted guidelines for teaching “Written Expression” and made other curricular decisions. Computer Lab Writing Instructor – organized check in and check out of lab as well as provided editorial and computer support.

Information Agency Skills:

I am particularly focused on patron service, content management, web design and digital library development. I am skilled in setting web policy, designing organization systems and creating brands and graphic styles for web sites. I have been a writer for publications where I have worked, writing on subjects ranging from university policy to course management systems. I have created controlled vocabularies for special library collections and have a broad and deep understanding of classification systems. I have been a cataloger for the libraries where I have worked, classifying items with subjects ranging from chemicals to computer networks using AACR, Dublin Core, MODS and the MARC format. I have also worked at answering reference and circulation questions, setting up subject guides, and creating reference interfaces on the web. Additionally, I am active and skilled in instruction and teaching about software, databases, and online resources.

Information Technology Skills:

I am proficient with Microsoft office software (FrontPage, Excel, Word, Access, etc.), Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Web Developer suite (Dreamweaver, Fireworks, etc.), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and (x)HTML coding. I have designed and worked with relational databases and am proficient in using MySQL, PHP and Ruby on Rails. I also have broad knowledge of the Endeavor Voyager library operating system and foundational knowledge of web servers (Apache and Microsoft IIS), XML, and Perl scripting, as well as Unix, Mac and Windows Operating Systems. I have conducted usability tests and worked to educate on the accessibility of web resources and through these experiences I have gained a deep understanding of human-computer interaction. I am comfortable enough with computers to work with unfamiliar programs with relative ease, and I enjoy troubleshooting and solving computer problems for people.

List of Sample URLs:

http://etd.lib.montana.edu/etd/view/

http://www.lifeonterra.com

http://www.lib.montana.edu/digital/coll10/

http://drm.williams.edu/wmp/

http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/BelgAmrCol

For more examples of my work and an explanation of my involvement in the above and other projects, view my portfolio.

Research and Publications:

Forthcoming:

Arlitsch,Kenning, Patrick O'Brien, Jeff Mixter, Jason A. Clark, and Leila Sterman. "Methods for Making IR Content Discoverable" (Tentative chapter title in forthcoming book Making Institutional Repositories Work), Purdue University Press, 2015. [book chapter]

Published:

"BookMeUp: Building a book recommender app with the Amazon Product Advertising API." Library Mashups 2: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data. Edited by Nicole Engard. Medford, N.J.: Information Today, November 2014. [book chapter]

Arlitsch, Kenning, Patrick O'Brien, Jason A. Clark, Scott W.H. Young and Doralyn Rossmann. “Demonstrating Library Value at Network Scale: Leveraging the Semantic Web with New Knowledge Work,” Journal of Library Administration, 54, no. 5 (2014): 413-425. DOI:10.1080/01930826.2014.946778

"Developing a Digital Video Library with the YouTube Data API." Code4lib Journal, Issue 20, (April 2013).
uri: http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/7847

"Building the Montana State University Library Mobile Web App with the jQuery Mobile Framework." Mobile Library Services: Best Practices (2013): 123. [book chapter]
uri: http://books.google.com/books?id=Dp6ToAEH4csC

Building Mobile Library Applications:(The Tech Set# 12). Vol. 12. American Library Association, 2012. [book]
uri: http://books.google.com/books?id=4ylxuk7t4swC

"BookMeUp: Creating a Book Suggestion App." Computers in Libraries 32, no. 5 (2012): 15-19.

Hutchinson, Barbara, Jeanne Pfander, John Tanaka, and Jason Clark. "Rangelands West/Global Rangelands, eXtension Rangelands, and the Range Science Information System: a suite of new web resources." Rangelands 33, no. 4 (2011): 55-63.
uri: http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.2111/1551-501X-33.4.55

"Ask a Librarian: Mobile Web Development."
Computers in Libraries 30, no.4 (May 2010): 39. [guest columnist] (invited)

"HTML5: Changing How You Use the Web." Online 34, no. 6 (2010): 12-14.

"Web Services." More Technology for the Rest of Us. Edited by Nancy Courtney.
Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO LLC, 2010. [book chapter] (invited)

"Blip.tv and Digital Video Collections in the Library." Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data. Edited by Nicole Engard.
Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2009. [book chapter]

"Ask a Librarian: Data Visualization."
Computers in Libraries 29, no. 8 (September 2009): 35. [guest columnist] (invited)

"An Interview with Jason Clark: Content Delivery Platforms." Edited by Chad Hutchens. Serials Review 35, no.4 (December 2009): 278-280.
doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.serrev.2009.08.002

"Virtual Journal Room: MSU Libraries Table of Contents Service." Computers in Libraries 29, no. 2 (February 2009).
co-authored with Michael Sutherland
uri: http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/feb09/Sutherland_Clark.shtml

"Feed Me! Rethinking Traditional Modes of Library Access and Content Delivery." Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship 20, no. 1 (July 2008): 36-50.
co-authored with Chad Hutchens
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08963570802157370

"Making Patron Data Work Harder: User Search Terms as Access Points?" The Code4Lib Journal, Issue 3, 2008-06-23.
uri: http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/78

"YouTube University: Using XML, web services and online video services to serve university and library video content." Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries. Edited by Laura B. Cohen. Chicago: ALA Publications, 2007. [book chapter]
uri: http://acrl.ala.org/L2Initiatives/index.php?title=Chapter_12 (active wiki for book)

"Building an Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) Application from Scratch." Computers in Libraries 26, no. 10 (November/December 2006).

"Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML): This Isn't the Web I'm Used To." Online 30, no. 6 (November/December 2006).
uri: http://www.infotoday.com/Online/nov06/Clark.shtml

"A Usability Study of the Belgian-American Research Collection: Measuring the Functionality of a Digital Library." OCLC Systems & Services 20, no. 3 (March 2004): 115-127.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/10650750410551451

Entries in Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Studies on narration and Clifford Geertz published September 2001.

Assisted Paul Eschholz and Alfred Rosa in the editing of Subject and Strategy, a rhetoric reader; created discussion questions to selected pieces of prose in the anthology.

Presentations and Workshops:

"Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, & Javascript: An Intro to HTML5" [Conference Workshop]
ALA Midwinter Meeting, Seattle, WA, 25 January 2013.

"Best Practices in Mobile Development: Building Your First jQuery Mobile App"
Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, 21 October 2012.

"Building Mobile Web Sites & Apps"
Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), Tech Training Workshop, Minneapolis, MN, 15 October 2012.

"HTML5 & CSS3: New Markup Styles for the Emerging Web"
Education Institute (Canada), Online Workshop, 01 May 2012.

"Creating Library Web Services" [Conference Workshop]
ALA Midwinter Meeting, San Diego, CA, 7 January 2011.

"Implementing JavaScript and Ajax Effectively: Building Responsive Library Apps." (Conference Workshop)
Computers In Libraries, Crystal City, VA, 15 April 2010.

Guest Instructor in Library 121 - "Research 2.0 meets Web 2.0"
03 November 2009.

"The Portable Library: Widgetizing, Gadgetizing, and Mobilizing Web Apps."
Computers In Libraries, Crystal City, VA, 30 March 2009.

"Web Services for Libraries." | Handout
(Conference Workshop with Karen A. Coombs)
Computers In Libraries, Crystal City, VA, 29 March 2009.

"Widgets, Gadgets, and Mobile Apps for Libraries." | Handout
(Conference Workshop with Michael Sauers and Karen A. Coombs)
Computers In Libraries, Crystal City, VA, 29 March 2009.

"Using RSS, Podcasts, & XML to Deliver Rich-Media Content."
Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, 21 October 2008.

"Search Widgets and Gadgets for Libraries."
Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, 20 October 2008.

"Web Services for Libraries." | Handout
(Conference Workshop with Karen A. Coombs)
Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, 19 October 2008.

"Ajax (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) for Libraries." | Handout
(Conference Workshop with Karen A. Coombs)
Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, 18 October 2008.

"Integrating Libary Services with the Social Web."
Tribal Colleges Library Institute, Bozeman, MT, 12 June 2008.

"A "lofiAPI": Using open source applications and simple XML to build a library web service."
Best Practices Exchange, Helena, MT, 21 May 2008.

"Micro Library Apps - OpenSearch Widgets and Google Gadgets for Libraries."
Best Practices Exchange, Helena, MT, 21 May 2008.

"Web Services for Libraries." | Handout
(Conference Workshop)
Computers in Libraries, Crystal City, VA, 10 April 2008.

"Ajax (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) for Libraries." | Handout
(Conference Workshop with Karen A. Coombs)
Computers in Libraries, Crystal City, VA, 10 April 2008.

"Next-Generation Digital Libraries."
Computers in Libraries, Crystal City, VA, 09 April 2008.

"What To Do When Interface Design Goes Bad."
Computers in Libraries, Crystal City, VA, 09 April 2008.

"Ajax (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) for Libraries."
(Conference Workshop with Karen A. Coombs)
Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, 27 October 2007.

"Open Source Software and Libraries: Practical Applications" [panel discussion]
MSU Academic Libraries Symposium, Bozeman, MT, 05 October 2007.

"What Does Web 2.0 Mean for Libraries?"
OFFLINE, Bozeman, MT, 23 February 2007 (invited).

"Innovative Uses of Web 2.0 Technologies - Social Tagging and Folksonomies in Practice."
Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, 23 October 2006.

"Ajax (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) for Libraries."
(Conference Workshop with Karen A. Coombs)
Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, 21 October 2006.

"Montana Memory Project - What's in it for You? What's in it for Our Patrons?"
(with Jennie Stapp and Steve McCann)
Montana Library Association, Missoula, MT, 22 May 2006.

"New Web Site Tools and Technologies - Ajax (Asynchronous Javascript and XML)."
Computers in Libraries, Washington D.C., 22 March 2006.

"Web Project Management for Libraries."
Computers in Libraries, Washington D.C., 15 March 2005.

"Get off your RSS! - Practical XML for Libraries."
Williams College Libraries, Williamstown, MA, 16 October 2004.

Research Interests:

Interface Design, Web Services, XML and all forms of structured data, Linked Data, Folksonomies and Social Tagging, Traditional Metadata, Emerging Web Development Frameworks

Working On:

Conceptualizing a working API for library data. Working title: "Structured data for a library web service: building your own library API".

Thinking about the importance of "beta" or research and development initiatives for libraries. Working title: "Adopting the "beta" mindset: lab and research/development environments in libraries".

Drafting a book chapter for an invited submission to Library Technology. Piece will focus on introducing and defining web services as a technology for library data, written for general audiences.

Continuing Education:

Defending Against Web Hacking
Montana Technology and Security Symposium, Workshop - 11 October 2006

System Resources and Web Access for CONTENTdm
Montana State Library, Workshop - 6 and 7 March 2006

(x)HTML, CSS and Web Standards.
Williams College, Seminar - 18 November 2004.

Practical XML and XSLT
Computers in Libraries, Conference Workshop - 15 March 2004.

Web Standards: Using TEI, EAD, RDF, (x)HTML, Dublin Core, METS, MODS, and OAI
Computers in Libraries, Conference Workshop - 16 March 2004.

Professional and Personal Activities:

Member of Montana Memory Project Oversight Committee - 2008 to present

Grant Reviewer for Institute of Museum and Library Services - 2007 to present

Member of American Library Association (ALA) - 2003 to 2006

Member of Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) - 2003 to 2006

Member of web team that decided on content, design, usability, and functions of all DoIT-affiliated web sites in the University of Wisconsin System - 2001 to 2003

List Serve Administrator for accessibility issues related to web site designs within UW System - 2001 to 2003

Volunteer: Network/Computer support for SLIS – changed subnets and IP numbers for building LAN, managed accounts and restrictions on student web server, conducted general application support

Interests: Soccer (Coaching and Playing), Hiking, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Fly Fishing, and Cooking

Honors:

Member of Beta Phi Mu, International Honor Society for Library and Information Science 2003

University of Vermont Graduate Teaching Fellow 1998-1999

Nominated for Frederick Tupper Graduate Fellowship Award 1997

Member of Sigma Tau Delta Philosophical Honor Society since 1996

Languages:

Reading knowledge in Spanish; Bibliographic knowledge in German

References:

Available upon request.