Dorotea Szkolar

My name is Dorotea and I am in my last semester of earning my Masters of Library and Information Sciences at Syracuse University with a Certificate of Advance Study in Digital Libraries. I am an aspiring digital librarian and metadata expert, currently seeking full time opportunities. Because of my specialization in Digital Libraries, my coursework continues to cover a wide array of practices, issues and technologies specific to digital libraries including metadata, digitization, copyright, database management, internet services, institutional , open access, policy, and the preservation of digital assets. In addition to my studies, I completed an internship with the Mountain West Digital Library. The internship trained me in Dublin Core, metadata cross walking and harvesting, Open Archives Initiative and CONTENTdm, and I researched, analyzed and composed a report on spatial metadata interoperability issues within the MWDL. My strengths, in addition to my knowledge of digital and academic libraries, include exceptional communication, presentation, analytical and interpersonal skills; and expertise with current trends, technologies and software in metadata and digital librarianship. I am also an experienced professional researcher who has worked for numerous organizations. Before moving to Santa Barbara, I was also the Research Editor for Utah Business Magazine responsible for contacting, researching and authenticating data about businesses for special publications like Utah’s Major Employers Guide. Additionally, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in History at SUNY Binghamton and worked extensively at several non-profits including the Bundy Museum of History & Art, White Plains Ecumenical Food Pantry and Community Options Inc.
Dorotea Szkolar has written 17 posts for Confessions of an Information Studies and Library Nerd

Data Mining in Obama’s 2012 Victory

Data Mining in Obama’s 2012 Victory Hello Everybody, I’m posting the link to my latest blog for Information Space on the role of data mining in the 2012 presidential election.  Data mining secured Obama’s presidential victory in 2012.  But what exactly is data mining in politics?  Post election, there are now many questions as to … Continue reading

2013 New Year Professional Resolutions

I am excited to start 2013 and to be graduating in a few months with my M.L.I.S.  That being said, it is a tough job market.  As I finish my last semester, I am both excited and nervous to move from student mode into a job searching groove.   My ideal job would be to work … Continue reading

Information Space Blog

Hello everybody, and sorry I have not posted in quite a while. I promise to have a new post up soon. Until then, please read and comment on my newest post at Information Space: Is a Master’s Degree a Poor Investment:  A Counter Perspective to Forbes Magazine. I was recently hired as a new contributing … Continue reading


The failure to pass SOPA is yet another development in the debate to establish rules, if any, which would govern sharing on the internet.  Through the internet, it is possible to virtually access, sell and share information and content from anywhere at any time. While I think the ability to access all information is positive, … Continue reading

Reflections on my First Semester of Library School

My first semester at library school was not what I was expecting. Encouraged to blog and tweet was not what I thought would be on the menu for my Master’s program. It amazes me how much my program, after only one semester, groomed me to see potential in all aspects of libraries and to not … Continue reading

Cool Internet Tools to Play With

At the ischool, there is a focus on incorporating technology and innovation to further the field of librarianship. The librarians of today will have to be tech-savvy as the world is becoming increasingly digital and connected. While I will continue to be exposed to innovative and expensive library technology, I think the cool free online … Continue reading

The future of libraries is in digital technology, so long as the library understands what technologies its community needs to facilitate knowledge. Users increasingly use and need digital technologies providing opportunities for libraries! This is a mainstream article posted in the linkedin digital libraries group. Enjoy! http://www.linkedin.com/news?viewArticle=&articleID=911075850&gid=126125&type=member&item=80412027&articleURL=http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2FslLpp1&urlhash=j0Vg&trk=group_most_popular-0-b-shrttl&goback=%2Egmp_126125%2Egde_126125_member_68337711

I recently visited the Conrad N. Hilton Library, the academic library for the Culinary Institute of America in New York. It was very cool to see a library specialized for a very specific academic audience. It is very different from typical university libraries. The Conrad Library’s purpose is to facilitate the access to culinary knowledge … Continue reading

NYLA Conference and Librareo

New York Library’s Rock! That was the theme of this year’s New York Library’s Association’s Conference in Saratoga Springs. First, thank you to NYLA for putting together the conference. I found the panels extremely informative and enjoyed being able to talk with various people at the trade show. Second, thank you to Syracuse University for … Continue reading

Getting that First Job, Advice I Have Been Given

I am excited to have the opportunity to attend NYLA’s Annual Conference tomorrow in Saratoga Springs. In addition to learning about the latest news, trends and innovation in the library world, conferences provide excellent opportunities to network with professionals and potential employers. Since attending the i-school at Syracuse University, I have been bombarded with information … Continue reading

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