• Biography
    Merle A. Branner is a creative information professional for today’s ever-changing technological world. Her diverse background in technology, photography and education serves her well in the archive and information profession. Organized...
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  • Professional Experience
    2009 - Present
    • Oversees the implementation of academic accommodations, with regards to adaptive/assistive technology for students with disabilities, including training and support.
    • Conduct workshops and presentations for the university community.
    • Research grant proposals designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Maintain and update the Disabilities Support Services website. Create promotional materials to promote services.
    • Organized the DSS presentation at the Tech Expo 2009 to promote the Universal Designed used on campus, by creating promotional materials, presenting, and invited vendors to help promote the applications.
    2010 - Present
    Appraisal of acquisitions: processing, weeding, arranging, re-housing, describing and creating accession and location records. Extensive work appraising, reviewing, and organizing video and image collections. Developed taxonomy for a special collection. Working on the Oracle digital asset management system: MIMSY
    2010 - Present
    Establishing an institutional archive including writing policies, procedures and taxonomy Consultant on the use and growth of an institutional archive Appraising 30 years of documentation, processing, weeding, arranging, re-housing, describing and creating accession and location records. Training museum staff on managing an institutional archive. Working with museum digital asset management system: KE-Emu
    N/A - Present
    Advise clients on computer systems and provide installation and training in Windows and Mac environments, Microsoft Office, PhotoShop, and QuickBooks Pro. Electronically organizes clients’ personal libraries and develop web sites with Dreamweaver. Freelance photographer utilizing PhotoShop, Photo Mechanic and Aperture.
    N/A - Present
    Established and currently manage an institutional archive of 90 years of congregational materials. Wrote the archival collection development policies and procedures. Recruit and manage volunteers, write annual budget, make purchases, promote and solicit archival donations. Processing the collection by reestablishing order, weeding, re-housing, and creating a taxonomy. Created an online internal collection development tool used for ready reference using iWeb. Support research needs of the executive director, staff and international clientele. Create special exhibitions that are educational, informative and entertaining. Lead of group presentations, writer of articles (internal and external) publications. Document activities and events through photography and video; handle all digital conversions. Created a digital library of Confirmation photographs and programs to provide greater access. Work with specialized applications: CONTENTdm, PhotoShop, Aperture, Photo Mechanic, Acrobat Pro, InDesign, FileMaker Pro, Spin Doctor, iLife, and iWorks.
    2011 - 2011
    Appraisal of legal documents: weeding, arranging, creating descriptive inventory records for off-site storage for accessible retrieval. Evaluate patents for historical materials that will be retained from outdated patents. Scanning documents for electronic records retrieval. Working with Infokeeper, SentryFile, and the Kyocera Scanner
    2010 - 2010
    Developed business and marketing plan: “Participatory Online Secure Educational User Community” as a Wiki for the K-12 and Higher Education market with special emphasis on the use of Web 2.0 principles of collaboration, including social media tools for marketing strategy. Professionally digitized and cataloged video then posted online for greater access. Utilized specialized applications: iMAP, Digital Rapids Stream, Alfresco and Tyfresco.
    2009 - 2009
    Processed the Fr. Edward J. Norton, SVD Collection by weeding, arranging and describing personal papers, non-print media and correspondence. Created finding aid to increase access to materials. Digitized audio recordings to determine enduring value for the collection. Utilized specialized applications: Excel, Spin Doctor, Keynote, and PhotoShop.
    2009 - 2009
    Substitute teacher in grades K-8.
    2009 - 2009
    Oversaw the implementation of academic accommodations, with regards to adaptive/assistive technology for students with disabilities, including grant and technology research. Provided training in the use of Inspiration and Kurzweil. Responsible for electronic file management and maintained the DSS web pages. Tech Expo 2009: Invited vendors, presented and coordinated the DSS presentation to promote the use of Universally Designed applications on campus. Researched grant proposals designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Maintain and update the Disabilities Support Services website. Create promotional materials to promote services. Organized the DSS presentation at the Tech Expo 2009 to promote the Universal Designed used on campus, by creating promotional materials, presenting, and invited vendors to help promote the applications.
    2007 - 2007
    Technology support for the building & teacher in the Learning Center
    2004 - 2005
    Assisted teachers with the infusion of technology into their class curriculum and hosted a “School Night” at the local Apple Store for students to demonstrate skills. Facilitated a videoconference on “Cultural Diversity” with National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Webmaster - maintained, modified and updated the existing school web site.
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  • Educational Background
    2007 - 2010

    Activities and Societies: Dominican University: Four GSLIS Scholarships, Carol Anne Robbins Scholarship (Helen Plum Library in Lonbard, IL) and the Society of American Archivist Student Chapter President 2009-2010.

    1987 - 1988

    Two GSEP Scholarships Teacher Assistant

    1985 - 1986

    Activities and Societies: Year Book Photographer

    1981 - 1984

    Photographic work appeared in the school gallery twice, Los Angeles County Fair: Awarded two Gold and two Bronze metals for photographic work and my work appeared in the “84’ 84’ Exhibit of Los Angeles Architecture” at the Museum of Science and Industry: Photo Essay for Raymond Kappe, Santa Monica Bus Terminal.

    1979 - 1981

    Activities and Societies: Alpha Z Delta

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  • Professional Skills
    Archives & Special Collections
    Visual Materials, Project Management, Research, Photoshop, Digital Conversion, Web Development and Photography.
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  • Milestones

    • Dominican University: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, scholarship, Spring, 2009• Carol Anne Robbins Scholarship, c/o the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, Lombard, IL., 2008• Illinois Education Association: NEA Cool School Award for an essay that was written about me by one of students, 2004• Pepperdine University: Graduate School of Education and Psychology two scholarships, 1987 and 1988• Pepperdine University Teacher Assistant for two different professors, 1987 and 1988• Photography work exhibited in the '84 '84 Exhibit of Los Angeles Architecture at the Museum of Science and Industry, 1984

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