Hi, there, folks. I’m Jennifer Hecker, an archivist who has just joined the TIS team to help out with the development of digital access strategies.

My background in cultural history and archives — American Studies undergrad from UT-Austin, Masters in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Enterprise from UT’s iSchool, and a decade of experience cataloging large (mostly literary) manuscript collections at the Harry Ransom Center and here at UT Libraries — will inform my work to help faculty and staff incorporate our digital collections into their teaching materials and research projects, and to help the library evaluate, select, and implement new technologies and tools.

I have some development experience, but I also have a lot to learn. I’ve made some websites using HTML, CSS, WordPress, and Drupal Gardens, and I have a little experience programming with Ruby on Rails. One of my first priorities in this new role is to get down and dirty with Drupal 7. In 2014, I’ll be using Drupalize.Me to accomplish some online training.

I am also currently leading a team evaluating ArchivesSpace, a new, open source archival management tool, for possible implementation at UT Libraries. We are hoping this new tool can help us, among other things, manage information about our archival collections more efficiently.

In the new year, Dustin Younse (UT Libraries Webmaster) & I will be attending a three-day intensive Islandora training called Islandora Camp, CA at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on these three new tools, so I can better contribute to their deployment and implementation here at UT!