Web Projects

In graduate school, I took the opportunity to take a website-building class — it was all about HTML and Javascript back then, which is still useful — and have had fun ever since exploring website design. It’s amazing that through sites and services like WordPress and Weebly, putting together a website is easier than ever!

Here are some of my current web projects:

Reel Librarians logo

Reel Librarians

A labor of love — and almost two decades of research (and counting)! I started this web site and blog in September 2011, a reincarnation and expansion of a prior web site I had begun while working at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. With this blog, I dig into portrayals of librarians in film — which run into the hundreds, or even thousands if you count TV shows, documentaries, shorts, etc. — and what those portrayals mean. I run the site through WordPress. This website and blog combine both my personal and professional loves. I grew up on movies — the classics with classic movie stars, like Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, and Jimmy Stewart — so this is a perfect fit. Every week, I’m jotting down ideas. And yes, I have lost count of how many times I’ve mimicked Amy Adams in Julie & Julia:  “I could blog about that!” 🙂

Jane Austen sketch

JASNA Oregon & SW Washington Region

I have been an active member of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) for quite a while — another activity my mother and I share! After returning to the U.S. after living in the U.A.E. from 2008-2011, I joined JASNA again, this time with the Oregon & SW Washington Region, a very active group. I migrated their website to a Weebly site, and I managed the JASNA ORSWWA website from 2011-2016.

Franklin County Genealogical Society display windows

Franklin County Genealogical Society

Since 2008, I have served as web manager for the Franklin County Genealogical Society, located in Mt. Vernon, Texas. My mother is the Society’s secretary. I continued this fun and fulfilling position even while working overseas. In Fall 2010, I built a new site through Joomla and helped transfer us over to a private domain, earning our Society 2nd place in the Texas State Genealogical Society Web Site Awards at their 2011 Conference. In Summer 2014, we moved to a new platform and web address through Jimdo, earning another Texas State Genealogical Society Web Site Award.