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Jennifer Dixey

Jennifer Dixey - Librarian at Large

I earned my Master's of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. My 10+ years' experience in web and interactive media development for corporate, non-profit and education clients has provided me with a deep background that informs all of my work. I was formerly Collection Support & Digital Initiatives Manager for Whatcom County Library System and a Web Systems Analyst for Western Washington University. I co-founded the Bellingham Drupal Users Group in 2010. Specialties: Creative technology solutions, network systems management, Drupal, Wordpress. I have been developing Web sites since 1996, and developing with Drupal since 2009. I was a Blackboard system administrator from 2010-2012 and a SirsiDynix Horizon system administrator from 2012-2013. I have been a systems librarian and technical services manager, and I am currently ramping up my mobile application development skills.

Jennifer Dixey's Background

Jennifer Dixey's Experience

Collection Support & Digital Initiatives Manager at Whatcom County Library System

July 2012 - December 2013

Managed Collection Support & Digital Initiatives, a department of 11 made up of five cross-functional teams: cataloging, processing, acquisitions, interlibrary loan and collection maintenance. Responsible for sustaining technical services workflows and providing online catalog and mobile app direction and support. Contributed to research, vendor relations, negotiation, contracting and technical support for physical media acquisitions interfaces and electronic resources. Nurtured connections between the Library's distribution, technical services, and IT departments. Provided direct technical support to patrons and staff for integrated library system, online catalog, and interlibrary loan issues. Collaborated with community partners on projects of mutual interest, including the Washington State Library mobile app advisory group and eBook/eAudiobook consortium.

Organizer at Bellingham Drupal Users Group

2010 - 2013

Web Systems Analyst at Western Washington University

October 2008 - June 2012

Drupal developer and web analyst for the Integrated Laboratory Network, an NSF-funded online initiative investigating the provision of remote access over the Web to high-end scientific instrumentation for high school, college and community college students. Member of development team for WWU's website redesign project. Also provided support and administration for Blackboard online course management system, Blackboard Collaborate, and other online tools for use in web-delivered and blended courses.

Public Services Assistant (On Call) at Whatcom County Library System

August 2004 - December 2008

As an on-call PSA, I joyfully assisted patrons in finding materials, checking out items, and looking for information at the Reference desk and on the Internet.

Web Developer at Self-Employed

May 2003 - October 2008

Web, interactive media (Director/Lingo), and Flash development. XHTML/CSS, Ajax, Javascript, server-side.

Web Assistant at Whatcom County Library System

December 2007 - June 2008

Assisting the Webmaster with content design including reference and help pages, modifications to graphics, and planning for CMS conversion.

Web Editor, Centre for Health and Environment Research at University of British Columbia

May 2007 - April 2008

Automated RSS feed generation and republishing using Ajax, and successfully switched from Javascript menus to a fully accessible, CSS-based navigation system. Added new pages for recruitment of graduate students to CHER-affiliated degree programs.

TypeWell Interpreter at Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College

September 2006 - April 2008

Provided classroom interpretation for deaf and hard of hearing students using the computer-based Typewell system, which utilizes peer-to-peer wireless technology between interpreter and client laptops to convey what is being said (by professors, students, on film soundtracks, etc.) to a deaf or hard of hearing student.

Graduate Student - MLIS Program at University of British Columbia SLAIS

2006 - 2008

UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies

Principal at Spinwire Creative New Media

April 1994 - May 2003

Project management, Macromedia Director/Lingo application design and programming, web design and programming, database integration, business management, marketing, CFO (Chief Fun Officer).

Systems Manager at Seattle Weekly

1989 - 1993

Network systems management, Novell Netware system administration, network design, database development and management, technical support, training, phone response system administration.

Information Systems Administrator at Seattle Housing Authority

1987 - 1989

PC network management, network design, Novell Netware systems administration, technical support and training.

Jennifer Dixey's Education

The University of British Columbia

2006 – 2008


Highline Community College

2003 – 2005


Concentration: Library Technician

University of California, San Diego

1981 – 1985


Concentration: Anthropology, Linguistics, Biology

Jennifer Dixey's Interests & Activities

Web development, mobile development, content management systems, open source software, open scholarship, open science, access to information, libraries

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