My interests are simple -- technology that works for and with us -- makes our lives easier, more interesting, more enriching -- the crossroads between humanity and technology. The potential that exists when technologies, resources, and media are combined -- be the end result a better library catalog, a customizable portal of all of MY resources, or a mixed media artwork incorporating natural and recycled manmade elements in a new way.
Some wonder how art and technology fit together. Yes, the structure of databases is fixed, but for those who have installed, upgraded, or migrated data, one of the first lessons learned is to be able to identify potential problems ahead of time. The second is to problemsolve when things go wrong (as they will). These are the days of perpetual beta... and problemsolving and being able to envision what the future versions may bring is critical. It's a collaborative effort -- we are building our future, a future that requires flexible thinking and a little bit of creativity.
Metadata, information architecture, web standards, usability, principles of good design, database products, Web 2.0/social networking tools, and using opensource software to extend the capabilities of web design and library systems.
Metadata Experience in EAD, Dublin Core and LCSH metadata standards; SEO optimization/site analysis
Software Experience (Opensource & Proprietary): Productivity software (MS Office, PowerPoint, OpenOffice), graphics/web design/video products (Adobe Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Photoshop, Gimp, Illustrator, IMovie, Ulead Video Editor), Databases (Access, MySql, Voyager/GIL, OCLC/Connexion, VuFind, and Sirsi Unicorn) and a variety of opensource and proprietary Web 2.0 technologies (blogs, wikis, bookmarking, shared applications, social networking, and widgets).
- Univ. of Georgia (management of a database quality control section;
project management and database work; Departmental Web Editor; Blog admin and various web based projects while serving as a resource in the areas of Emerging Technologies, Web2.0, Social Networking, Opensource, Information Architecture, and Metadata)
- Emory @ Oxford (various projects);
- Digital Library of Georgia, Civil Rights Digital Library and GALILEO
Knowledge Repository (project groups; metadata consultation);
- GCAA (granted funded; Web Designer);
- Eaton SuperChargers Document Information Management Specialist (temporary assignment; document and inventory control for blueprints, working documents, confidental materials including prototypes and design sketches, and inventory of database
records for purposes of ISO & QS9000 certifications);
Web design work has included:
- AAHS (Humane Society, Graphic Designer);
- The Mist and Stone Tours (British Isles tours; Web Editor);
- OCAF.com (regional arts foundation; Website Consultant);
- University of Georgia Libraries
- Campus Cats
:::ATHDrupal (Chair of regional Drupal group), Evergreen/Equinox Drupal Group, Emerging Technologies Group Chair (UGA Libraries), Emerging Technologies Faculty Learning Community Member (2008; UGA), Shift to Visual Learning Community Member, techstatic book reviewer (Web2.0, social networking, and programming topics; 2008); article in Radical Cataloging: Challenges and Possibilities; McFarland
::: Author of entries (Arts and Entertainment) for the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
::: Editor, Moonshine Arts Magazine ::: We Let the Dawgs Out Selected Artist / Cow parade event, design and artwork/large sculptures, with reproduction of designs in print, web, and various promotional items including minature reproductions, tshirts, etc.
:::Metadata & SEO freelance agent for various organizations for a variety of digital formats including images (photographs; maps) and mixed formats (electronic newspapers, multimedia websites, learning objects). Development of standards and identification of appropriate schemas and controlled vocabulary.
:::Peabody Awards Faculty Committee Member (Children's Television, Radio Documentary, Radio Entertainment; TV News) ::: Content Divergent
CV: Experience ||CV: Teaching & Presentations || CV: Committee work overview || CV: Consulting & Publishing
Head, Database Maintenance, UGA, 2001-
- Supervise the Database Maintenance Section consisting of two Units, Marking and Maintenance, with a total of 8 fulltime staff and 3 student workers through designing and developing efficient workflows and procedures; training staff in database structure, record maintenance, and other technical skills; and maintaining monthly statistics.
- Create an online interactive training tutorial which covers the basics of library catalog database structure, MARC records, LC classification, Connexion/WorldCat and working in the Cataloging/technical module of the Libraries’ catalog, GIL (Ex-Libris’ Voyager). Collaborate with staff on prototype development and usability testing. The tutorial is available at http://www.libs.uga.edu/catalog/tutorial/
- Participate in general library administration by attending Section Head meetings. Additionally, serve as a resource person within the UGA Libraries in the areas of database maintenance, emergingtechnologies and Web 2.0+.
- Serve as the Cataloging Department’s Web Editor through developing and maintaining the onlinePolicy & Procedures Manual, which has served as a model for other departments within the Libraries. In 2007, began evaluating potential web based tools (del.icio.us bookmarking, wikis, and document management software) to facilitate better access to documents. As amember of the Web Advisory Group’s Secondary Pages Group, assist in developing the stylesheet (CSS) for the Libraries’ website and migrate departmental pages to the new style through recoding and restructuring pages.
- Identify patterns, investigate, and resolve maintenance issues such as complex conversion problems, database discrepancies, and antiquated data in need of updating to meet current practices and standards, in the catalog, currently consisting of approximately 4 million records. Create Access reports utilizing holdings and item record queries to identify discrepancies or areas for investigation.
- Coordinate projects and workflows to resolve large dataset problems in bibliographic, holding and item records, such as the Circents project (approximately 170,000 records) and Microprint Miscoded Call numbers (196,000).
- Consult on workflow development and coordinate database training for GIL with Associated Research Facilities, Owens Library (College of Environmental Design) and CML (Curriculum Materials Library). Assist in coordinating the working group to redesign the workflow of Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies materials, including identifying materials to be cataloged and developing a project list for cataloging non-book materials such as podcasts, video, and other media. Continue to work closely with members of the Libraries’ Cataloging and Systems Departments, Graduate School, and Honors College, in developing and evaluating the Ultimate database for electronic theses and dissertations (ETD).
CV: Teaching & Presentations
Web 2.0 / Social Media
- Best New Technologies: Keeping up with the Storm Teleconference / Discussion Leader, GA Libraries with Amy Watts, 2006 Examining the challenges of Web 2.0 followed with a discussion of current Web 2.0 technologies (social bookmarking, wikis & blogs) and their use in the UGA Libraries. Created a del.icio.us site of links. Available at: http://del.icio.us/webtechnologiespresentation
- Blogging basics: Basic introduction includes what is a blog, a short history of blogging, and a brief overview of blog tools. (originally created as a word doc, published in its entirety at googledocs)
- Cataloging is Del.icio.us,GA Library Faculty meeting, 2007 Brief presentation on using Del.icio.us bookmarking to pull together various links into a centralized page on the Cataloging Department’s website. Available at: http://www.libs.uga.edu/catalog/links.html
- Direct link to the patron (Getting started blogging and with other web tools) (ppt) (originally conference presentation; updated 2007): COMO (Council Of Media Organizations) / GLA (Georgia Library Association), with Amy Watts How can libraries use web based tools to market their services, educate their patrons, and provide value added services? An overview of the Libraries’ Blog and Report an Error mechanism. Includes overview of wordpress, movable type, expression engine, getting started blogging, and other web tools
- Lip-smacking good: Web 2.0 technologies and your library blog, COMO (Council Of Media Organizations) / GLA (Georgia Library Association), 2007, with Amy Watts Covers a brief (very brief) overview of blogging plus using tools such as bookmarking (del.icio.us), image hosting (flickr), video hosting & videocasting (Youtube), widgets, and mashups. http://robinfay.net/web2.0/web2.0_blogging.pps
- Lots of Web 2.0 Links & Tools : Originally created for a presentation but has grown much beyond that. If you have a del.icio.us account, subscribe to the links to see updates.
- News and Events (Blog) Project & Blog History Overview, UGA Libraries, DHG (Department Heads Group), 2005 Overview of blogs and blog history, summary of project process, and demo of the Libraries’ News and Events, a Wordpress blog. Available at: http://docs.google.com/View?docID=dkcxvp2_687dj7dqb
- Simplify Your Inbox: Making RSS Work For You (University of Georgia Libraries; Panel Discussion, 2008) My discussion centered on using Google Reader and reducing email by using RSS feeds.
- Web 2.0+ and Professional Networking: Are You LinkedIn? Panel Discussion (University of Georgia Libraries; Coordinator/Facilitator, 2008) Social networking as used by those at the University of Georgia for professional networking purposes. Presentation also podcast.
- Wordpress Overview (University of Georgia Public Relations Department, 2008) Overview of Wordpress and a discussion of some of their questions regarding how best to utilize Wordpress.
- Wordpress vs. Blogger: Created as a spreadsheet comparing features. (originally created as a word doc, published at googledocs)
How to get web saavy quick : brief article on using free stuff on the web including email, image hosting, & more.
E-zine choices and comparison of software: includes drupal, pacercms, mambo/joomla, and many other products.
Making the connection online: social networking for artists
Databases, Cataloging, MARC, Metadata
- Bibliographic Data on the Semantic Web (University of Georgia Libraries Cataloging Group; discussion facilitator, 2009) Discussion on Martha Yee’s article on bibliographic data, RDA, and the Semantic Web.
- Cataloging Fundamentals: Records and MARC, EDIT 6259: Technical Processing & Cataloging, Media Specialist program at Georgia College & State University, 2006 Presentation on record structure, data field elements for MARC, and the relationships between records and databases, with follow-up questions and answers session on cataloging practices, policies, and databases. Available at: http://fay.myweb.uga.edu/projects/catalogingoverview.ppt
- Cataloging Tools online: Free resources (University of Georgia System, Cataloging Committee, online/Wimba, 2009) Continuing education presentation on free cataloging resources.
- Cataloging Tools Survey: Research in Progress (Academic Librarian Research Forum, Georgia Tech; by invitation, 2009) with B. Thornton Overview of a 2008 survey of approximately 200 catalogers from variety of libraries across the United States. An article featuring the survey results will be submitted for publication later in 2009.
- Issues in Cataloging and Bibliographic Maintenance, EDIT 6380: Cataloging, Media Specialist program at Gwinnett Campus/UGA, 2006 Presentation on academic cataloging as it relates to bibliographic maintenance within the UGA Libraries. Additionally, provided teaching assistance at follow-up hands on training session in creating MARC records.
- Metadata for Catalogers: USG Continuing Education Program, 2009, Presentation on metadata from the catalog to the web to popular social networking sites, such as flickr.
- Reading the MARC Code: Secrets of the Cataloging Record, UGA Libraries’ S.T.E.P. (Staff Time & Enrichment Program) no. 3, with Beth Thornton, 2007
Presentation on intricacies of reading a MARC record, its relationship to the Libraries’ catalog, GIL, as well as tips for interpreting the parts of a technical display of a bibliographic, holding, and item record in GIL. Includes a brief movie created to demonstrate the relationships between cataloging and various resources (Universal Catalog among GIL libraries; UGA Library catalog; Google books & more. This presentation is co-hosted on the statewide GALILEO site.
Available at: http://www.libs.uga.edu/catalog/presentations/marc/secrets.ppt or http://gil.usg.edu/html/instructional.htm
Software, web design & the semantic web
- Advanced PowerPoint: presentations that rock, UGA Libraries, Professional Development & Research Committee, 2008 Developed content and learning objectives, and lead a hands on class in creating PowerPoint presentations that incorporate animation, video, and interactivity. Available at http://www.robinfay.net/site/powerpoint
More writings, software tools & tips at http://contentdivergent.blogspot.com/
CV: Committee work overview
Asset Awards, Graphic Designer; Assistant Web Editor, 2006
Created website graphics and assisting in website redesign using CSS for the Libraries Asset Awards:http://www.libs.uga.edu/asset/program/2006/
- Committee on Faculty Organization and Governance (FOG), Chair, 2006-2007
Participate in review of faculty bylaws and make recommendations as needed. Coordinated the committee work in conducting an online survey of Libraries’ faculty professional activities to gain a better sense of committee participation, views on faculty meetings, and in general, professional activities. Thirty eight responses (38) were received. Findings were presented at a FAB meeting and to the faculty at large at a faculty meeting.
- CRDL (Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative) Portal Group, Member, 2006-
Assist in drafting recommendations for the Civil Rights Digital Library interface including structure, navigation, and graphic design.
- CRDL (Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative) Metadata Group, Member, 2006-2007
Assist in researching and identifying potential Dublin Core Metadata Guidelines for Civil Rights Digital Library. Discuss best practices for Learning Objects (LOM), photographs, and media.
- CRDL/WGBH LOM (Learning Objects Metadata) Task Force, Member, 2006
Investigate Learning Objects metadata schemas and develop guidelines for implementation for the Civil Rights Digital Library educational resources.
- Emerging Technologies Group Chair, 2007-
The Dynamic Content Group, an offshoot of the Libraries’ Web Advisory Group, examining how the Libraries are currently using Web 2.0 and dynamic content, trends in dynamic content and web 2.0/3.0, with the goal of generating ideas for potential projects and making recommendations to the Web Advisory Group. Group documentation & resources: http://groups.google.com/group/dynamic-content-group
- Faculty Learning Committee (2008) Emerging Technologies in Higher Education
- Faculty Learning Committee (2009) Shift to Visual: Explore the rise of digital visual media and its impact on culture, learning, and higher education.
- Web Advisory Group (WAG), Member, 2004-
Participate in WAG and serve as the Chair of the Blog subcommittee. Serve as a liaison between Cataloging and WAG.
- Libraries’ Blog, subcommittee of WAG, Co-Chair, 2005-
In 2004, investigated and tested blogging software (wordpress, expression engine, movable type). Recommendations were presented to WAG and a wordpress blog was installed in 2005.
Created a RSS reader (php) for the Libraries’ homepage and worked with the Systems department staff to rework the reader so that it was compatible with a standard HTML page.
Current responsibilities include managing the Libraries’ News & Events page through evaluating plugins, blogging tools, and developing CSS/HTML web templates for blog. In 2007, began evaluation and testing of Wordpress MU to address potential needs of additional blogs.
Libraries’ Electronic books, subcommittee of WAG, Member, 2006-2007
Investigate current access to electronic books and coordinate effort to provide better access and facilitate ease of use.
- Libraries’ E-cards subcommittee of WAG, Chair, 2006-
Identify and test opensource electronic image/greeting card software for publicity and marketing purposes for special collections.
- Libraries’ Secondary pages redesign subcommittee of WAG, Member, 2006-2007
Investigate and test software for the Secondary pages redesign committee. Collaborate on design ideas and present information on content management systems including Adobe software (Contribute) and opensource software (Drupal, Mambo). Train Web Editors in working with new templates and CSS style sheets for GNP, Photo, LSA, Govdocs webpages; additionally re-code Cataloging, DBM, and ETD pages.
- GALILEO Knowledge Repository Content & Metadata Group, Member, 2009-
Newly formed committee to assist in recruiting and collecting UGA’s scholarly content, submitting it to the UGA IR (GKR) with metadata, and for reviewing any rights issues. Additionally, review common issues at the institutions in establishing work processes and maintain the GKR Metadata Guidelines.
- GALILEO Knowledge Repository Metadata Group, Member, 2004–2006
Assist in researching and identifying potential Dublin Core Metadata Guidelines for University System of Georgia (USG) system wide Institutional Repository. Discuss best practices on institutional levels as well as on statewide level. Committee membership consists of representatives from Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Board of Regents/OIIT, Mercer, as well as other USG institutions.
- GALILEO Knowledge Repository Portal Group, Member, 2007
Assist in drafting recommendations for the USG system wide Institutional Repository including structure, navigation, taxonomy, and graphic design for the web presence. Committee membership consists of representatives from Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Board of Regents/OIIT, Mercer, as well as other USG institutions.
- GALILEO Knowledge Repository Technical Oversight Group, Member, 2007-2009
Contribute to group effort in guiding the overall vision of the GKR Institutional Repository.
- GLA (Georgia Library Association) TSIG (Technical Services Interest Group) Resources Web Developer, 2001-2007
Develop and maintain resources webpage for technical services.
- Peabody Awards Review Committees: Children’s Television, 2001, 2007; Radio Documentary, 2004; Entertainment Radio, 2005
Review entries, write brief critiques, and author nomination suggestions for the Faculty Review Board of the Peabody Awards.
A link to my formal professional CV is here.
My formal CV contains an overview of professional activities, projects, job description, and other documentation submitted for promotion in rank.
CV: Consulting & Publishing
CRDL (Civil Rights Digital Library) Learning Objects Metadata Consultant, 2007-, Digital Library of Georgia (DLG)/ Civil Rights Digital Library (CRDL)
Assign LC subject headings and contribute to Name authority control for online collection of Learning Objects within the Civil Rights Digital Library.
DLG (Digital Library of Georgia) Metadata Consultant, 2004- Digital Library of Georgia (DLG)/Metadata Project
Assign LC subject headings and contribute to Name authority control for online collection of Hall and Troupe County photographs, as well as Troup County Oral Archives for DLG resources in support of its Union Metadata Catalog, which provides access to Georgia History digital collections created by a variety of institutions from around the state.
Highlander Photographs Metadata Consultant, 2006-2007, Digital Library of Georgia (DLG)/Civil Rights Digital Library (CRDL)
Assign LC subject headings and contribute to Name authority control for online collection of Highlander Folk School photographs.
Moonshine: an arts journal, editor, 2007-
Serve as editor and tech support for moonshine, a regional arts magazine. As part of the moonshine project, serve as a member of PacerCMS Developer Group, providing feedback, software release testing, and coding (CSS, php) support. PacerCMS is an opensource magazine and newspaper publishing software. http://www.moonshine.southerncreativity.com
New Georgia Encyclopedia Contributor, 2003-2005
Research and write entries for the NGE in the categories of art: Atlanta College of Art, Albany Museum of Art, Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Modern Museum of Art of Georgia, and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and entertainment: Charles Coburn, Susan Hayward, and Joanne Woodward. Entertainment entries published in 2006.
Why isn’t my book on the shelf and other mysteries of the library (essay in Radical Cataloging: Challenges and Possibilities, Pre-publication, McFarland; 2008)
Author of an essay about utilizing an error reporting mechanism in the UGA Libraries’ catalog.