Resume

Robert
Laws

Professional Experience

Technology & Instruction Librarian

Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar ⋅ Doha, Qatar

Web Development

  • Administered and developed content for the library’s website on Drupal between 2008 & 2020 and on WordPress from 2020 onward
  • Developed and implemented custom themes for the Drupal website based on the Georgetown University visual identity guidelines
  • Configured Drupal core modules and installed & configured contributed modules including pathauto, Entity API, Webform, IMCE, Date
  • Administered and supervised staff for use of online platforms including Springshare, Ex Libris Primo VE, and the library’s YouTube channel
  • Implemented Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 accessibility standards for the library website
  • Applied modern UX standards to perform user-centered research and produce wireframes and prototypes
  • Performed several rounds of usability testing with undergraduate students for the library website and discovery platform, HoyaSearch
  • Used Javascript and PHP extensively to enhance website functionality and usability
  • Developed an interactive website for faculty to select library instruction modules using PHP and JQuery in 2019
  • Developed a website teaching students about primary and secondary sources and how to find them in the library.
  • Developed a website for creating lesson plans using the WordPress REST API for the back end and React for the front end
  • Developed a website for exploring multimedia resources in the library including equipment and software.
  • Worked with faculty to implement technology-enhanced learning using tools such as ArcGIS, Omeka, VoiceThread, and WordPress

Library Systems

  • Configured and applied design customizations on the Ex Libris Primo discovery platform
  • Created statistical reports with Analytics for the annual report and other reporting needs
  • Integrated the library’s self-checkout machine with Alma
  • Served as chairperson of the Ex Libris Users of Qatar (ELUQ) group since 2020 and developed the organization website with WordPress

Instructional Services

  • Taught a one-credit undergraduate course (INAF-092 - Introduction to Data Visualization) in Spring 2020 & 2021
  • Developed an interactive website for students to learn data visualization in support of the course Introduction to Data Visualization
  • Recorded and edited instructional videos on information literacy and technology for the library’s YouTube channel
  • Provided in-person and online reference and consultations including Zoom meetings and chat reference
  • Created LibGuide content for course support and specialized content

Outreach Services

  • Liaised with faculty as a subject librarian in multiple subject areas
  • Developed a workflow to provide faculty access to streaming media content
  • Performed collection development including selecting books and e-books
  • Taught classes to the community as an instructor for the Georgetown University School of Continuing Education

Digital Services Librarian, Lauinger Library

Georgetown University ⋅ Washington D.C.

  • Enhanced the user interface and functionality of the library’s OPAC
  • Collaborated with the cataloging & special collections departments to investigate the use of metadata standards to enhance collection content

Technology & Systems Librarian, Main Library

Fauquier County Public Libraries ⋅ Warrenton, VA

  • Maintained and updated the online library catalog
  • Researched and implemented emerging technologies including e-book readers & digitization projects
  • Liaised with the county information technology department

Education

Online Software Engineering Bootcamp ⋅ 2019

Flatiron School - Online

MS in Information & Library Science ⋅ 2004

State University of New York at Buffalo ⋅ Buffalo, NY

MA in History ⋅ 2001

George Mason University ⋅ Fairfax, VA

BA in History ⋅ 1998

George Mason University ⋅ Fairfax, VA

Technology Expertise

Web Development

  • HTML
  • CSS (including Sass & PostCSS)
  • Javascript
  • WordPress
  • Drupal

Educational Technology

  • Canvas
  • Omeka
  • Zoom
  • VoiceThread
  • Lecture Capture with Echo360
  • Interactive Whiteboard

Screencasting Software

  • Camtasia 2021
  • Articulate Storyline
  • SnagIt

Image Editing

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator

Audio/Visual Editing

  • iMovie
  • Final Cut Pro
  • GarageBand
  • Adobe Audition

Data Visualization

  • Tableau
  • Google Data Studio

Other Software

  • InDesign
  • ArcGIS