Curriculum Vitae


Professional Experience:

  • Developer; Center for Open Science; 2014-present
  • Web Services Librarian; University of Alaska Anchorage; 2009 – 2014
  • Information Assistant; Carnegie Mellon University – Engineering & Science Libraries; 2008-2009
                    and Institutional Repository (Field Placement); Spring 2009
  • Senior Consultant; Booz Allen Hamilton; 2006 – 2008
  • RF Engineer; i5 Wireless, LLC; 2005 – 2006
  • Research Assistant; Carnegie Mellon University Electrical & Computer Engineering Department; 2003 – 2005
  • Teaching Assistant; UVA CS Dept., UVA ECE Dept., CMU ECE Dept.; Spring 2000, Fall 2000, Spring 2001, Spring 2002, Summer 2004
    Courses: CS 101, CS 201, ECE 410, 18-100



  • Master of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Virginia


Speaking Experience:

  • “Level Up Your Coding with Code Club (yes, you can talk about it)” Code4Lib 2015. 2/10/2015.
  • “Open source could save libraries! Maybe!,” Open Source Bridge. 6/24/2014.
  • “Technology, Librarianship, and Gender: Moving the conversation forward” (full day preconference, co-moderator) – “Codes of Conduct” (mini-session). Code4Lib 2014. 3/24/2014.
  • “Tune in, Turn on, and Get Social,” Panel Discussion at Alaska Library Association Annual Conference. 3/2/2014.
  • “Getting buy-in on user centricity,” LITA National Forum 2013. 11/10/2013.
  • “Anchorage Programming Workshop,” Anchorage Mini-Maker Faire. 7/27/2013.
  • “Back in the Stacks, Bringing Professional Organization into Professional Life,” ACRL New Members Discussion Group Panel Discussion at ALA Midwinter. 1/27/2013.
  • “Librarians Build Communities: Advocacy Through Volunteerism,” Pacific Northwest Library Association Annual Conference. 8/3/2012. (slides)
  • “Emerging Leaders Team Seeking States to Host Librarians Build Communities,” ALA Advocacy Corner, American Library Association Annual Conference. 6/24/2012.
  • “Alaskan Librarians Build Communities,” Alaska Library Association Annual Conference – Lightning Talks. 2/25/2012. (slides)
  • “Social Media Starter Kit,” Alaska Library Association Annual Conference. 2/18/2011. (wiki page)
  • “Implementing New Tech Tools,” DirLead (Alaska Public Library Directors’ Leadership Group) Annual Meeting. 10/15/2010. (blog post I wrote for attendees)
  • “ALA Conference for Students and Introduction to NMRT,” Chapter Meeting, Virginia/West Virginia branch of the University of North Texas’s Library and Information Sciences Student Association (LISSA). 6/21/10.
  • “Twitter in the Classroom,” CAFE Cloud Computing in the Classroom Workshop. 3/26/2010.


Publications – Online:


Publications – Peer-reviewed:


Honors and Awards:

  • Code4Lib 2014 Conference Diversity Scholarship Recipient
  • 2012 ALA Emerging Leader, sponsored by Association of College & Research Libraries – Science & Technology Section
  • Pacific Northwest Library Association “LEADS” Leadership Institute, October 2010
  • UAA/APU Consortium Library Staff Development Award to attend ALA Midwinter 2010, ALA
    Annual 2011, ALA Annual 2012
  • UCLA student scholarship to attend Electronic Resources & Libraries 2009
  • High 5 Award (Booz Allen Hamilton), 2007 – In recognition of dedication to fostering a collaborative community across ITI Home Team 1 through participation in the Communications Focus Group
  • Marquis Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders, 2007
  • Performance Recognition Award (Booz Allen Hamilton), 2006 – For outstanding support and dedication in developing the subsystem specifications and interface requirements for the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Project
  • Rodman Scholar (University of Virginia), 2000-2003
  • William L. Everitt Student Award for Excellence (2003)
  • Eta Kappa Nu – Electrical Engineering Honors Society
  • Tau Beta Pi – Engineering Honors Society
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars


* “Jessica Hess” was me, before my husband and I hyphenated our names. Coral is technically my middle name, though it’s the name I prefer.

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