Affiliation: Missouri History Museum
Sector: Library, Archive, Museum
Country: United States
I have been a full time web developer for about 12 years working in diverse fields: government, education, and museums. Web development is my second career (at least), but information sharing and collaboration have always been important motivators for me. I started out as a public policy analyst, working for more than 8 years with the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO). In about 1994, I began advocating for greater use of the internet (later web) as a research tool for policy analysts at GAO. In that role, I spoke a numerous conferences about the great potential of the internet and web for research and collaboration. At around the same time I received extensive training in programming and web development. In about 1998, I developed a collaboration tool to facilitate sharing of vital counter-terrorism information across divisions within GAO. In 1999, I developed the first web survey used at GAO to collect data for a report on U.S. embassies. From 2000 to 2007, I worked as a web developer at a private school focusing on information sharing and collaboration tools for teachers, students, and parents. Since April 2007, I have worked at the Missouri History Museum where I have had many opportunities to apply my skills in web development and interest in information sharing and collaboration.