thumb_IMG_3313_1024eb (née Elizabeth Bland) is an artist, musician, and wordsmith with an academic and professional background in museum studies, 20th century American material and visual culture, and anthropology.

@akabetsy

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George Washington University/Masters of Arts in Museum Studies/
September 2003 thru May 2005

Graduated with expertise in both exhibition content development and collections management. Academic focus in American Studies, particularly 20th century mass media and social movements.

University of Missouri-Columbia/Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology/August 1999 thru May 2003

Graduated Cum Laude with High Honors in History. While at University, worked as curatorial assistant at the Museum of Anthropology, researching and writing online exhibitions, completing multiple artifact inventories, and working on physical museum displays. Also worked as Peer Rape Educator at the Rape Education Office, providing office support and public education to students regarding issues of relationship and sexual violence.

museum studies and exhibition development

Provided content development expertise for all stages and aspects of a project, including thematic development, research, writing original content and copyediting. Skilled in writing and research, including plain language and academic style writing, content and document organization, artifact and multimedia identification and obtainment. Practical skills include: MAC/PC proficient; Office proficient; knowledge of multiple content management databases; scanning and digital photography expertise.

National Library of Medicine/Exhibition Coordinator/June 2006 thru July 2011

Managed and obtained exhibition assets and provided exhibition development support. Duties included: obtaining rights and production files; creating catalogue records and reports; confirming/writing caption or courtesy information; editing scripts, brochures, and labels; developing style sheets; content and object research; and original writing such as alternative-text, scripts, outlines, and thematic summaries. Notable projects include curating Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, which received a Bronze 2010 NIH Plain Language Award for its script, website, and supplemental materials.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/harrypottersworld

National Archives and Records Administration/Digital Preservation Technician/March 2006 thru June 2006

Digital Preservation Technician at the Photographic Imaging, Microfilm and Textual Preservation Lab. Duties included: digitizing photographic and textual materials using preservation standards; organizing digital file storage, backup, and transfer as needed; creating and cataloging image metadata following standards; working with Exhibition program to provide digital files, metadata, technical assistance as needed.

Woodrow Wilson House/Scriptwriter and Researcher/January 2004 thru May 2005

Researcher and scriptwriter for temporary exhibition “The Misses Wilson.” Wrote and organized all copy, including main text labels, secondary text labels, and artifact captions. Also provided artifact and content research, working closely with supervisor to develop exhibition themes. Script available upon request.

National Archives and Records Administration/Registrarial Assistant/ January 2004 thru May 2005

Registrarial Assistant in Exhibition Program of National Archives during development of main exhibition: The Public Vaults. Duties included: tracking and updating catalogue information for all exhibition assets; coordinating digitization of still pictures and documents with Photographic Imaging, Microfilm and Textual Preservation Lab; managing digital file storage and metadata; managing exhibition content binders; working with creative vendors to ensure production file delivery and relevant information; condition reports; coordination of conservation of artifacts for display or loan.

Scotchtown + George Washington University/Interpretation Team Member/September 2004 thru December 2004

Worked on team responsible for reinterpretation of outbuildings of Patrick Henry’s plantation, Scotchtown. Researched social and cultural aspects of dairy and icehouse outbuildings. Helped develop, write, and edit interpretative panels, brochures, and docent learning aids.

http://www.apva.org/scotchtown/house/virtual_tour.php

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References provided upon request

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