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Blake - Master Of Librarianship - Anchorage, AK, USA

Katie Blake

Anchorage, AK, USA


Master Of Librarianship


MLIS from University of Washington's iSchool, 2007

Work History

Intern, Zine Collection

Barnard College

January 2013 - May 2013

(Supervisor: Jenna Freedman, Director, Research Instruction & Services)
Editing and adding in information to older catalog records for findability using a pre-catalog (Access) and Voyager.
Correspondence reference for prisoners through zine collection strengths.
Exhibit on the collage aesthetic in zines- will have physical and online presence

Grad Assistant -Technical Services

Pratt Institute

May 2012 - May 2013

(Supervisor: John Maier, Head of Technical Services) Checking in current serials, completing inventory of Library's collection of bound serials, researching buying options for serials gaps, Special collection and Rare books; de-accessioning and correcting records in Millennium as needed. Some copy cataloging (for theses).


American Folk Art Museum

May 2012 - May 2013

For Publications Department (Supervisor: Tanya Heinrich: January -current) -collocate online and printed information for in-house research and citation on select items from the Museum's permanent collection -addresses metadata concerns for searchability.
Using The Museum System software (Supervisor: Courtney Wagner: August-December 2012), entering new acquisition records and updating previous records.
Assist with Free Music Friday program (Supervisor: Lara Ewen: May-August 2012).

Graduate Assistant

Pratt Institute

August 2011 - May 2012

As a graduate assistant (Supervisor: Dr. Joyce Polistena, Adjunct Professor) -I took attendance and graded for undergraduate art history survey classes (midterms, term papers and finals).

Assistant to Program Managers

North Pacific Research Board

June 2010 - August 2011

(Supervisors: Drs. Clarence Pautzke, Francis Wiese, and Carrie Eischens; and Nora Deans) Organizing Chair of the 2011 Alaska Marine Science Symposium (AMSS). Symposium.
Components included: menus, AV, publications, volunteers and general programming. Coordinating of Committee Chairs. Designing and co‐editing of Abstract book, art direction of Symposium take-a ways, updating web pages via Contribute (Adobe). Budgeting within sponsorship funding parameters.
Manage day‐to‐day office and Project Manager needs including support of NPRB publications database (Reference Manager), assist with regular project sub-award agreements, appendices, statement of work editing and correspondence.

Executive Assistant, temporary

Alaska Executive Search

July 2009 - June 2010

As assigned, temporary Administrative and Executive Assistant duties; Alaska Railroad, Alaska Regional Hospital, and North Pacific Research Board.
•For Alaska Railroad, summer permitting and contracts completion, general office duties.
•For Alaska Regional Hospital, general office duties, transition office from paper filing to digital.

Assistant to Andrew Davis

Chicago Pacific Entertainment

July 2008 - July 2009

(Supervisor: Jason Herbst)
Manage Director’s day to day: business correspondence and production notes, contacts database, office equipment and supplies, calendar and travel arrangements, office meetings and calls.
Beginning Production Development by reading scripts and books then writing and reporting coverage, researching source materials for: historical fact, costume, culture, language (slang), century/time period appropriate imagery and texts.

Temporary Reference Librarian/ Operations Manager

University of Washington

October 2007 - July 2008

(Supervisors: Carla Rickerson; Nicole Bouche, Sandra Kroupa)
•History Day students from Seattle K-12 schools liaison, creating and editing a bibliography of resources, teach rules of library, and follow up after visit.
•Providing reference service to all levels of researcher in-person, via email, QuestionPoint and phone.
•Supervising of student and volunteer workers (10-16) for public services such as copying orders, reception desk, division security, materials retrieval, basic preservation and shelf reading.
•Writing of quarterly reference desk schedule for Division staff and student workers for public services.

Special Collections Student Reference Librarian

University of Washington

June 2007 - October 2007

(Supervisors: Carla Rickerson, Sandra Kroupa, Nicole Bouche)
•Providing reference service to all levels of researcher in-person, via email, QuestionPoint and phone.

Digital Initiatives Technician

University of Washington Special Collections Library

February 2006 - March 2007

(Supervisor: Kris Kinsey)
•Working on CONTENTdm digital databases: Decorated Papers, Modern Book Arts. (
•Writing and editing of data dictionaries.
•Developing, entering and reviewing standardized metadata against national standards using AAT, VRA Core (3.0) as well as begin to build internal taxonomy using vocPuppy (by Webchoir).
•Generating image capture with a variety of equipment (scanning, copy stand, digital microscopic capture, and slide scanning.
•Correcting bank of images with basic editing software and Photoshop.
•Conducting in-depth research on history of decorative paper for metadata and support essays, artists’ books -their creation, artists and historical contexts.


American Folk Art Museum



This is a personal blog in which I write short entries about art -geared towards my interest in collage. As an information professional, I am choosing to add links to artists I follow with great interest, other related sites, and any new discoveries as I come across them. My first attempt at building a site using a WYSIWYG, this also contains pages which host some of my personal art work.

Following Art through Guidebooks and More

"As guidebooks age, they shift from being contemporaneous resources containing helpful navigational and travel tips to documenting the past. A researcher who wants to walk in the footsteps of an artwork over its lifetime would use these books as, "-records of the original locations of paintings, altarpieces, sculptures, and other works of art that were moved (or even lost) as the physical and cultural topography of cities changed over time" (Reist, 16–17). Consider, for example, what visiting a bustling nineteenth-century New York City might have been like for a collector armed with the New York Art Guide and Artists' Directory (1893) in comparison to more than one hundred years later using that same guide."

Understanding Art History using Collage

Understanding Art History using Collage -a wordpress site built for a class project

Digital portfolio for MLIS-University of Washington 2007

Qualifications & Certifications

Art History -MS

Pratt Institute

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Minneapolis College of Art and Design


University of Washington

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