Suzanna Conrad, Digital Initiatives Librarian, joins the Systems Department in the University Library after a diverse career in content management, systems design and implementation, and new media business development. Suzanna received her MLIS at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2011, and also possesses an MBA in International Management from University of East London and a BA in History from Cornell University.
Most recently, Suzanna participated in the design and implementation of an online tutorial for Purdue University Libraries Data Curation Profiles (DCP) Toolkit. Other recent systems and website projects include the implementation of a city documents database for the City of Sierra Madre, multiple local history digitization projects with Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library, and a taxonomy and search function overhaul for Guitar Center affiliated websites. Prior to shifting to a library career, Suzanna worked in product management and business development for telecommunications and new media companies in the U.S. and abroad including RTL interactive, GlobalStep, and Mobile-XL among others. Suzanna is the current chair of the Information Technology Interest Group for the California Library Association.
What are digital initiatives? Digital initiatives, especially within the context of the University Library, can refer to any number of tasks, which may strike you as incredibly abstract. As the Digital Initiatives Librarian, Suzanna works on planning, implementing, and supporting digital collections and services for the University Library. Because any digital collection requires a system, a big part of digital initiatives is the determination of the systems and web representations for these collections as well as the assessment of a system’s usability, sustainability, and any challenges for implementation or maintenance.