Curriculum Vitae

Although I try to update it often, this CV may not be complete. Please feel free to email me (coral at sheldon-hess dot org) if you’d like a current PDF of my full, up to date CV.


Professional Experience:

  • Web Services Librarian/Assistant Professor of Library Science; University of Alaska Anchorage, UAA/APU Consortium Library; 2009 – present
  • Information Assistant; Carnegie Mellon University – Engineering & Science Libraries; 2008-2009
  • Information Assistant; Carnegie Mellon University – Institutional Repository; Field Placement, Spring 2009
  • Intern; National Aviary; 2008 – 2009
  • Library Assistant; Brentwood Public Library; Summer 2008
  • 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


Current Professional & Volunteer Activities:

  • Anchorage Programming Workshop – Co-founder and teacher, Web kunoichi
  • American Library Association (ALA)
    • New Members Roundtable (NMRT), Web Committee – Chair (2013-14)
    • Library Information Technology Association (LITA), Web Coordinating Committee – member (2013-15)
    • Council – Councilor-at-Large (2013-16)
  • Alaska Library Association (AkLA)
    • Social Media Committee – Chair (2012-present)
    • New Members Roundtable – Vice-Chair/Past Chair (2013)
    • Anchorage Chapter – Past President (2012, 2013)
    • Web Team – Member (2012-present)
    • 2014 Conference – Web kunoichi (2013-14)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage – Faculty Senator (2013-15)



  • University of Pittsburgh, Master of Library and Information Science, 2009
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Master of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2005
  • University of Virginia, Bachelor of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2003



  • 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.




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” is me. Coral is technically my middle name, though it’s the name I prefer. Also, my husband and I hyphenated names.

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