Dev Singer


Passionate, eager, helpful, dedicated, circulation/access services specialist committed to diversity and inclusivity. Supervisor with a consistent open door policy. Dedicated to improving library services and making the library a better place for patrons and staff alike. Co-author with Denise Agosto of “Reaching Senior Patrons in the Digitized Library” published in the November/December 2013 issue of Public Libraries.

EXPERIENCE

Franklin Trask Library, Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, MA
    Assistant Librarian, 2/16 - Present
    Assistant Technical Services Librarian, 8/15 - 1/16
    Library Assistant, (Temporary), 6/15 - 8/15
    • Manage circulation desk
    • Train, supervise, and schedule student workers
    • Manage course reserves
    • Submit and fill interlibrary loan requests via OCLC Worldshare
    • Provide circulation and basic research assistance
    • Copy-catalog and process new books
    • Update OCLC with current holdings
    • Update library orders database
    • Hired and promoted from initial temporary assignment

    MIT Libraries, Cambridge, MA
    Database Maintenance Temporary Staff, August 2015 – January 2015
    • Double-checked records created by the music cataloger
    • Identified and corrected errors in MARC records

    Goulston & Storrs, Boston, MA
    Library Assistant, Temporary, December 2014 – August 2015
    • Filed new pages in books
    • Checked-in and routed serials
    • Cataloged new editions of books
    • Updated catalog records to reflect correct AACR2 and MARC standards
    • Processed invoices for payment

    W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
    Library Assistant, Temporary, December 2014 – May 2015
    • Supervised student workers during evening and weekend library hours
    • Assisted patrons in the process of finding and checking out books, including looking up books in the catalog, locating material in the stacks, checking materials in and out, and placing holds
    • Provided basic reference services
    • Identified and cataloged zines in the library’s collection

    Ipl2
    Volunteer, September 2011 – October 2014
    • Answered reference questions sent in by patrons around the world

    William Way GLBT Center Library, Philadelphia, PA
    Volunteer Library Coordinator, January 2013 - June 2014
    • Managed sixteen volunteers including scheduling and handling any problems
    • Trained volunteers in materials processing, Library of Congress Classification, and special project procedures
    • Continued previous duties as a library volunteer
    • Updated volunteer manual to reflect current practices
    • Initiated projects to improve the library, such as utilizing LCEasy to train volunteers in Library of Congress Classification, adding genre labels to books, redoing illegible spine labels, and creating an OPAC
    Volunteer, August 2012 – December 2012
    • Accessioned and cataloged materials
    • Assisted patrons in the process of finding and checking out books

    Demography Library, University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center, Philadelphia, PA
    Intern, June 2012 – June 2014
    • Updated 4,963 catalog records in EOS to reflect correct MARC formatting
    • Cataloged 3,717 new books, posters, and CDs, including both copy cataloging and original cataloging
    • Managed circulation including checking materials in and out and entering new patrons into EOS
    • Scanned book chapters to be placed on course reserves
    • Assisted patrons as needed

    Main Library, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
    Supercirc, September 2007 – May 2009; June 2010 – May 2011
    • Assisted patrons in the process of finding and checking out books, including looking up books in the catalog, locating material in the stacks, checking materials in and out, and placing holds
    • Enforced library policy, including explaining circulation policies, and accepting fines
    • Shelved and organized books, including shifting and shelfreading
    • Troubleshot basic technological problems with printers, copy machines, and microfilm machines
    • Assisted ILL with processing returned books using ILLiad, including checking books in and printing out shipping slips
    • Searched for missing books
    • Helped train other circulation assistants

    National Union of Jewish LGBTQQI Students, Washington, DC
    Volunteer, May 2008 – April 2011
    • Helped plan the 2009, 2010, and 2011 national NUJLS conferences: Attended biweekly phone conferences, put together conference packets, assisted with scheduling of sessions and conferences, contacted congregational rabbis for sponsorship, researched and reached out to potential keynotes, advertised the conferences to Hillels and college GLBT groups around the country
    • Identified queer Jewish organizations to be added to the NUJLS links page
    Intern, May 2009 – July 2009
    • Located and reconnected with alumni by using lists of past conference participants’ names and Google to find contact info and interviewing them about their memories of NUJLS and the impact the conferences made on them
    • Entered data into the NUJLS database
    • Created fifteen queer Jewish programs to be used by Hillels around the country including rituals, text studies, and book and movie discussions

    Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, Jerusalem, Israel
    Volunteer, February 2010 – June 2010
    • Planned and coordinated eight events for the English Speakers’ Group
    • Coordinated the annual Passover seder attended by Hebrew-speakers and English-speakers alike
    • Cataloged and organized the community center’s library using LibraryThing
    • Assisted in the production of the JOH annual report including writing articles, conducting interviews, and participating in progress meetings

    Final Draft Books, Staunton, VA
    Assistant Manager, June 2004 – August 2007
    • Ran store in owner’s absence, often as the sole employee including having the store keys and access to cash
    • Provided customer service including checking the store database for certain books, helping patrons find desired sections, making recommendations and placing special orders
    • Entered books and customer information into the database
    • Shipped books sold online
    • Trained new employees in how to use the database and properly describe and price books
    • Answered questions posed by other employees

    EDUCATION

    Drexel University iSchool, Philadelphia, PA
    Master of Science in Library & Information Services, December 2013

    Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, August 2011

    Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
    Undergraduate Study Abroad Program, 2009-2010

    PUBLICATIONS

    Singer, D., & Agosto, D. (2013). Reaching Senior Patrons in the Digitized Library. Public Libraries, 52(6), 38-42.

    PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION INVOLVEMENT

    Member of the American Library Association
    Member of the American Library Association Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Roundtable (GLBTRT)
    Member of the GLBTRT Resources Committee
    Member of the Association of College and Research Libraries