Library & Technology Experience


University of Maryland, Anthropology, Psychology, and Special Populations Librarian

McDaniel College, Research and Instruction Librarian, User Experience Librarian, Humanities Liaison

DARPA, Research Specialist

MPR Assoc., Technical Services Librarian and Cataloger of Engineering Technical Reports

Episcopal High School, Reference Librarian, Technical Services Librarian

Lesley University, Library Assistant

Harvard University, Intern, Reference Assistant, ILL Assistant

Simmons College, Technology Reference Assistant


Jordan S. Sly

Curriculum Vitae

Current Rank: Librarian II

University of Maryland, College Park




M.S., Library and Information Science, Simmons College, 2011

B.A., History, University of Maryland, 2008




Recent Conferences Attended


Catholic University of America, Bridging the Spectrum, 2017, Washington, D.C.

ACRL MD/MILEX, CritLib, 2016, Columbia, MD

Towson Conference for Academic Libraries, 2016, Towson, MD

#SocialUMD, 2016, College Pak, MD

ALA Annual 2016

Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, 2015, Baltimore, MD

ALA Annual 2015, San Francisco, CA

ALA Midwinter 2015, Chicago, IL

PA Information Literacy Summit, 2015, State College, PA

ALA Annual 2014, Las Vegas, NV

Computers in Libraries, 2013, Washington, D.C.

ALA Midwinter, 2009, Boston, MA


Courses and Workshops Attended


“Seminars in Medieval Literature: From Manuscript to Print: Medieval Modern Histories of the Book,” Kellie Robertson, University of Maryland, fall 2016


“Research Methods in Psychology,” Michael Dougherty, University of Maryland, fall 2016


“Readings in the History of the Catholic Church” Piotr Kosicki, University of Maryland, fall 2015




Anthropology, Psychology, and Special Populations Librarian                        May 2016 – Present

McKeldin Library, University of Maryland, College Park, MD


Major Accomplishments


Developed two-year planning for outreach services to campus special populations including Living and Learning programs and student support and engagement offices



-Liaison to the Departments of Psychology and Anthropology

-Research, plan, and carry out information literacy workshop sessions utilizing core professional standards and innovative methods

-Develop subject knowledge to better serve core population

-Create and maintain subject specific and relevant electronic research assistance materials such as LibGuides and instructional videos

-Maintain a subject specific collection development policy and proactively select relevant materials for the print, serial, and electronic collections

-Develop outreach and instruction programs targeting underserved campus populations in order to increase student success


Research and Instruction Librarian: User Experience                                   May 2013 – May 2016

Hoover Library, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD


Major Accomplishments

-Participated in the second-year cohort of the ACRL Assessment in Action project

Developed an active, game-based learning

-Worked directly with the library’s web librarian to create a new library website

-Worked closely with library director to overhaul library annual reporting for executive administration

-Developed close and strategic partnerships across campus



-Worked closely with students and assisted with all stages of their research and writing process

-Planned, developed, and taught information literacy sessions for undergraduate and graduate courses

-Collected books and other materials to support humanities classes and faculty research

-Provided reference services

-Served as liaison to the Humanities and Social Sciences departments

-Increased outreach efforts to emphasize the library’s importance on campus

-Worked directly with the library’s web librarian to create a new library website

-Worked in a small team to develop a special collections website

-Served as head of the Hoover Library Outreach Committee

-Additionally served on the Library Services Committee, the Collection Management Committee, and the Safety Committee

-Participated in the ACRL Assessment in Action year-two cohort

-Developed an interactive student workshop to teach and practice research, citation, and writing skills as a part of the ACRL Assessment in Action project

-Assisted with strategic planning and project management efforts

-Worked closely with library director to overhaul library annual reporting for executive administration

-Developed close and strategic partnerships across campus

-Worked closely with other library departments to solve user experience related problems

-Conducted user experience surveys and assessment projects

-Designed detailed assessment plan and carried out evaluation and assessment projects to improve user services

-Designed library advertisements and other outreach materials (examples available on request)

-Planned, coordinated, and carried-out faculty lecture events

-Elected to honor and conduct board

-Part of a faculty team for reassessing undergraduate research (Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute, Council on Undergraduate Research)


Research Librarian/Research Specialist, DARPA (ARTI Contract), Arlington, VA

August 2012-June 2013


-Provided targeted reference and research assistance to project managers and support staff

-Evaluated subscription databases for collection development projects

-Utilized project start-up and management techniques

-Obtained Secret level security clearance

-Conducted face-to-face library instruction for users

-Planned and designed a core-user satisfaction survey project to gauge the impact of library services to our customers

-Requested, received and processed Inter-library Loan requests from both internal and external users

-Functioned as liaison librarian to agency technical offices

-Coordinated with staff on long and short-term project planning using project management tools

-Worked in both a team and independently to complete administrative and data-gathering tasks

-Analyzed library statistics for review by department heads

-Responsible for weekly outreach graphics

-Ordered and catalogued new library material

-Designed library promotional material


Technical Services Librarian MPR Associates, Alexandria, VA    December 2011 – August 2012


-Catalogued historical technical reports for use by company technical engineering staff

-Researched, developed, and rolled out an Ipad lending program specifically designed for engineering staff

-Worked with reference staff to develop better pathways to information for both library staff and users

-Conducted targeted research for technical staff

-Utilized Project Management tools and techniques


Librarian/Science Liaison Librarian, Episcopal High School, March Library, Alexandria, VA                                                                                                            January 2012 – May 2012


-Responsible for collection development of the core and expanded sciences collections

-Performed reference and circulation services for students and faculty

-Catalogued new books and interactive media

-Created and catalogued lendable kits of cameras, e-readers, and other tech equipment

-Worked one-on-one with students on research projects

-Processed and shelved materials

-Attended Computers in Libraries on behalf of the library

-Supervised student workers


Library Assistant, Lesley University, Sherrill Library, Cambridge, MA                                                                                                        February 2011-August 2011


-Worked with the director on marketing and promotional projects

-Assisted with end-of-year budgetary items and reports

-Created original Banned Books Week promotional material including graphics and other marketing material

-Participated in focused work groups to help set the agenda for the Fall semester in the areas of copyright education for faculty and students, marketing of materials and services, and assessment of library services for all core users

-Created a new-employee checklist of hiring and orientation procedures

-Utilized patron demographic information to add an addendum to the Collection Development Policy to reflect the document’s relevancy to core users

-Designed a marketing pamphlet to consolidate the library’s mission and goals for new and potential students

-Gained hands-on experience of the inter-workings of a university library with special emphasis on learning the role of managers and the director’s decision making process




Library Service


-Learning Outcomes Assessment Steering Committee, 2016-

-Database Indexing Review Committee, 2016-

-Libi Advisory Team, 2016-

-LOCKSS/CLOCKSS/Portico Digital Asset Preservation Hot Team, 2016-2016

-USMAI User Experience Group, 2016-2017

-Member of the UMD Libraries Instruction Council, 2016-

-Member of the Library Assembly, 2016-

-Served as head of the Hoover Library Outreach Committee, 2013-2016

-Served on the Library Services Committee, 2013-2016

-Served on the Collection Management Committee, 2013-2016

-Served on the Safety Committee, 2013-2016


Campus/Institutional Service


McDaniel College Honor and Conduct Board, 2016




-Nominated as convener for the ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group

-Nominated for execute advisory board for the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science

-Co-Chair, ASIS&T, Simmons College Student Chapter, Oct 2010 – May 2011


Professional Memberships


Maryland Library Association, current 2016

Maryland Association of College and Research Libraries, current 2016

Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, current 2016

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, & Publishing, current 2016

American Library Association, current 2016

Association of College and Research Libraries, current 2016

American Historical Society, lapsed 2016

American Society for Information Science and Technology, lapsed 2013

Special Library Association, lapsed 2013




Book Chapter


[Forthcoming, March 2017] “Improve the Moment”: Mechanics’ Institutes and the Culture of Improvement in the Nineteenth-Century”, in Libraries: Traditions & Innovations, Papers from the Library History Seminar XIII, Melanie Kimball and Kathy Wisser (eds.).


Refereed Articles


“A Failure of Marketing. “The Journal of Comparative Librarianship. 3 (1),61-66.


Book Reviews


[Review] Reading up: Middle-class readers and the culture of success in the early twentieth-century United States, by Amy L. Blair. SHARPNews, 21(3), Summer 2012, p.8.


Digital Projects, The Recusant Print Network Project, Network Analysis and Data Visualization Digital Humanities Project


Papers and Presentations


“Bourdieu’s First Year: First-Generation Students, Habitus, and Retention.” Presented at the Catholic University of America’s Bridging the Spectrum conference, Washington, D.C., February 2017


“How Disciplined Was Foucault’s Research Process?: A Proposed Method of Research Based on Philosophical and Critical Models OR How the Humanities can Help Students Understand Research.” Presented at the MD ACRL and MILEX Conference Considering #CritLib: Inclusion and Diversity in Libraries, Columbia, MD November 2016


“Mastering Attribution: A Case Study of Strategic Partnering with the Campus Writing Center to Create a Competitive and Game-Based Anti-Plagiarism Workshop.” Presented at the Towson Conference for Academic Libraries, Towson, MD August 2016.


“Improve the Moment’: Mechanics’ Institutes and the Self-Help and Self-Reliance Movements in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Britain and North-eastern Urban America.” Presented at the Library History Seminar XIII, Boston, MA July 2015


Poster Presentations


“The Recusant Print Network Project, Phase 1” Poster Session, Catholic University of America Bridging the Spectrum, Washington, D.C. February 2017


“Mastering Attribution: Adapting Citation and Anti-Plagiarism Instruction into a Competitive and Active Game-Based Learning Activity” Poster Session, American Library Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA June 2015


Invited Lectures and Presentations


“Collaborative Website: Experimenting with Digital Humanities.” A presentation to the McDaniel College faculty describing alternate formats for undergraduate student research. This project was developed in conjunction with the chair of the Art History department and was created as a part of a grant from the Mellon Foundation and the Council for Undergraduate Research.


“Mechanics’ Institutes: A Brief History of a Social Library Movement.” Invited lecture, Simmons College, LIS 532C: History of Libraries, summer 2011. Instructor: Kathy Wisser.




“Citation Master.” Active, game-based learning session teaching the importance of academic attribution in a fun and engaging way. Workshop offered at McDaniel College in ENG 1101 and FYS courses.




“400 years of Cervantes,” McDaniel College, 2016


“The Changing Representation of Don Quixote,” McDaniel College, 2015


“Americans in Paris,” Episcopal High School, 2012




McDaniel College Faculty Travel Award, 2015




“The British Museum Library: a Short History and Survey,” Wikipedia entry, username jthelibrarian. 2010