Data Services Coordinator/Associate Professor, James Madison University — 2016-present
Coordinates cross-campus engagement with LET’s data services, in order to provide support, information, and resources to users interested in data management, data storage, and high-end computing needs. Works to enhance knowledge and awareness of data information literacy on campus, which includes the discovery, management, and curation of data, as well as instruction in the methodologies for such. Supports the data management needs of both student and faculty research.

Physical and Life Sciences Librarian/Assistant Professor, James Madison University — 2011-2016
Responsibilities include providing reference and instructional services, including data management support; working closely with instructional faculty and library staff to develop innovative approaches to library instruction, collection building, and outreach; contributing to areas of service and scholarship.

Staff - Graduate Hourly, University of Illinois - Chicago Library of the Health Sciences (Urbana) — 2011
Responsibilities included aiding in the development of a disaster plan for the library, providing instructional sessions, staffing the reference desk, and spearheading a collection development project regarding retention of print journals for archival purposes when electronic access is available.

Graduate Assistant, Conservation Lab; University Library of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — 2009-2011
Assistant to Special Collections Conservator. Responsibilities included, but were not limited to: database entry, mold assessment and remediation, preparation of materials for exhibition, photo-documentation of pre- and post-treatment condition, and the physical repair of Special Collection items, including paper mending, guarding, sewing and the construction of enclosures.

Volunteer, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL — 2010-2011
Volunteer in Adult Services Department and Children’s Department. Responsibilities included weeding of collections and database analysis, as well as participation in children’s events and the Summer Reading Program.

Production Manager, Frost Lighting Co. of Illinois, Chicago, IL — 2000-2009
Responsibilities included creation of floor plans and schematics for events, collaboration with designers and creation of PowerPoint presentations and art files for video loops and graphics production. Also served as company liaison to various Unions, such as the Stagehands Local 2, Teamsters, IBEW Local 134 and Projectionists Local 110. Additional experience with sales, hiring of new personnel, creation of new positions within the company and overall production supervision. A sampling of past and present clients of Frost Lighting with whom I have had direct involvement include the Annual Alzheimer’s Gala with Princess Aga Khan, Fashion Week and NBC’s Olympic Division.

Lighting Designer, “Living Memory/Living Absence” Chicago, IL — 2005
Created the lighting design for director Anida Ali’s one-woman touring show. The design was adapted to work in multiple and diverse venues across the country and was seamlessly melded with the video media used in the performance.

Lighting Designer, “Sisters in the Smoke” New York City, NY and Chicago, IL— 2002-2003
Created the original lighting design for the all-women Asian and Pacific Islander performance group, Mango Tribe. As an ensemble production the design was flexible and innovative to compliment the diverse subject matter. Originally produced in Chicago, the show was relaunched in New York City and the original design was revamped to suit the new venue and script changes.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — M.S. Library and Information Science, 2011
Concentration in Data Curation. Certificate in Special Collections.

Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL — B.S. Biology, 2009
Summa Cum Laude. Dean’s List all eligible semesters. Outstanding Achievement in General Chemistry. Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — B.F.A. Theatre, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • ARL + DLF Forum Fellow for Underrepresented Groups, 2015
  • ALA Emerging Leader, 2013
  • University of Illinois, Health Sciences Information Management Award, 2011
  • ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Scholar, 2010
  • ALA Spectrum Scholar, 2009
  • Northeastern Illinois University, Summa Cum Laude, 2009
  • Northeastern Illinois University, Award of Merit in Recognition of Outstanding Research, 2009

National Committees

  • Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence Advisory Group Member, 2017-2020
  • Digital Library Federation (DLF) Advisory Committee, 2017 - 2019
  • ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, Vice-Chair 2017 – 2018
  • ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, 2015-2019
    Projects include Chairing the selection committee for the ACRL Research Data Management Road Show Curriculum Designers and Chairing the selection committee for the ACRL Research Data Management Road Show Presenters
  • ACRL Digital Scholarship Section Nominating Committee Chair, 2017.
  • DLF Forum 2016 Planning Committee, including smaller program review committee and inclusion committee
  • ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group Executive Commitee, Past-Convener, 2014-15; Convener, 2013-14; Vice-Convener, 2012-13; Recorder, 2011-12
    Activities included webinars every spring and the proposal of a Research Data Management Road Show to the ACRL Board in 2015
  • ACRL Health Sciences Interest Group Information Literacy Task Force, 2011
  • SLA-DBIO: Home Page Subcommittee of the Public Relations Committee, 2010-2011

Professional Service

  • Guest editor for the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication special issue on “The Role of Scholarly Communication in a Democratic Society,” 2018.
  • Co-convener of the DLF Technologies of Surveillance Working Group.
  • Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Future Vision Task Force member. The task force gathered information and set strategic vision for proposed independence and eventual formation of RDAP as a professional association.
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) field reviewer
  • Conference Co-Chair for the 2017 RDAP Summit, April 19-21 in Seattle, WA.
  • ALA Spectrum Scholarship Jury Member, 2017
  • Invited member of NMC's Horizon Project Library Panel of Experts, tasked with advising on the 2017 NMC Horizon Report; Library Edition
  • ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor, 2016-2017
  • Selected editor for the IMLS-funded DataQ project, 2015
  • Reviewer for Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB), Journal of Web Librarianship, Journal of Chemical Education, and ACS Books
  • Planning Committee Member on the first Science Bootcamp Southeast, held at North Carolina State University, July 16-18, 2014

Courses Taught

  • Data Management Skills (JMU GRAD 550-e), 1 credit, Fall 2017.
  • Literature and Seminar I (JMU CHEM 481), 1 credit, Fall 2012-15, 2017.
  • Seminar (JMU PHYS 391/2 & PHYS 491/2), 1 credit, Fall 2014-15, Spring 2015-16.

Current Memberships

  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • o Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Division: Science and Technology Section, University Libraries Section, Digital Scholarship Section.


UC Denver Anschutz Medical Campus: Health Sciences Library — March, 2011
Observed the organization and function of the various departments of the library and met with department heads and administration to discuss mission and challenges. Compiled a short bibliography and biography of an invited speaker and reported my observations and feedback to the administration.

Library of Congress: Collection Access, Loan and Management Division — March, 2010
Assisted the Collection Officer in rehousing projects and preparation of materials for transfer to Fort Myers. Developed a template prototype for a new four-flap enclosure designed by the Collection Officer.

Community Service

  • Illinois Youth Literature Festival, 2010. Assisted with activities, including teaching children to set their names in wood type and print their own bookmark.
  • Together with other members of the ACRL - Student Chapter, a traveling poster for Open Access Week, 2010 was designed and produced to reach out to undergraduates, graduate students and faculty to educate them on the open access movement and the University’s institutional repository.
  • Served as the liaison between the University Community Archives class and the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center to help create an archive of the community’s 30-plus year history in Champaign County.
  • Served as the liaison between the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and the University of Illinois Student Life and Culture Archives to facilitate the creation of MSA holdings at the University.
  • On behalf of the Women’s Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan, conducted several speaking engagements at Chicagoland universities and organizations, including Columbia College, DePaul University and the Gene Siskel Film Center (2001-2003).


Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Contribute, Mac OS and iWork, as well as industry computer assisted drafting programs Vectorworks, AutoCAD and Autodesk Viz4. Experienced in XHTML and CSS and can perform website maintenance. Familiar with oXygen XML editor, XML and Adobe DreamWeaver. Familiar with MySQL and Microsoft Access database programs.
Book conservation skills include Japanese tissue mending, washing, sewing and re-casing. Familiar with Millennium, Voyager, and Horizon integrated library information systems, as well as MARC format, AACR2 and monograph cataloging. Familiar with metadata schemas Dublin Core, CDWA Lite, PREMIS, METS, MODS, EAD, TEI, RDF and PBCore.
Possess biology and chemistry laboratory experience as well as small animal handling, histological sectioning and staining experience.
Native fluency in English. Reading and writing proficient in Farsi with beginning conversation skills. Beginning Spanish language skills.