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Professional Experience

River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Director of Metadata Strategies — January 2021-Present
Head of Metadata Strategies — December 2017-December 2021

  • Lead department of five to provide metadata services to meet a range of emerging research and discovery needs while continuing to support MARC-based descriptive cataloging.
  • Provide leadership at RCL for metadata and cataloging services by identifying and supporting emerging needs and services and supporting cross-departmental and cross-portfolio collaboration and efficiencies.
  • Member of Alma Project Team, serving as the lead for the Resource Management Functional Group. Responsible for coordinating Alma configuration choices and development of workflows that impact resource management at all institutions within Alma (RCL, Sibley Music Library, Miner Medical Library, George Eastman Museum Library).
  • Member of Alma Core Team, providing expertise on all Resource Management activities in Alma. Manage and troubleshoot issues discovery issues in Alma and Summon, our discovery layer.
  • Develop and manage Metadata Outreach, a new service model that leverages the experience and expertise held by Metadata Services staff, particularly in information organization, metadata schema, and controlled vocabularies, to help our users solve problems, enhance their research, and reimagine their worlds. Projects include: data governance issues and working with faculty on data organization and student data projects.
  • Collaborator on University-wide projects relating to data governance, including developing a University-wide data model. Member of the Academic Job Codes Working Group, which developed a consistent way of identifying and describing faculty across the University.
  • Provide support to the Dean of the Libraries in her role as a member of the Data Governance council.
  • Team member for a project to develop a service to support Active Research Data Management through RCL. Provide metadata expertise and identify where Metadata Outreach aligns with this service model.
  • Member of the Strategic Planning Implementation Team, charged with reviewing and supporting projects based on RCL’s 2018-2025 Strategic Plan. Team Facilitator for 2019-2021.
  • Project Manager for the Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation (RBSCP) and Metadata Services (MS) Communications Charter, a project which developed a shared vision for rare book cataloging in order to inform and improve workflows and priority management. Final deliverables included a joint vision statement, workflow gap analysis, and revised workflows and communication tools.
  • Project Manager for the Discovery Interface Assessment Group (DIAG), a cross-departmental and cross-libraries team working to improve our shared instance of Summon (discovery layer). Final deliverables included a refresh of our instance of Summon and a final report documenting our work and suggesting next steps for the continual management and improvement of Summon at RCL.
  • Project Manager for the Digital Preservation Environmental Scan and Needs Assessment Group, charged with assessing the Library’s need and readiness for digital preservation. The final deliverable included a Survey of Institutional Readiness and roadmap of next steps for implementing digital preservation at RCL.

Robert L. Bogomolny Library, University of Baltimore, Baltimore MD
Metadata and Digital Curation Librarian — February 2017-November 2017
Cataloging and Metadata Librarian — July 2015-February 2017

  • Co-manager of Acquisition and Discovery Services (ADS) from April 2016 till January 2017.
  • Performed original and complex copy cataloging for library materials, including media, electronic resources, board and video games, and Special Collections materials
  • Implemented RDA for all original cataloging, focusing on theses/dissertations, media, and game collections. Provided training and guidance to the ADS Library Services Specialist on RDA cataloging questions and issues.
  • Planned and implemented metadata creation and virtual access methods for the library’s digital initiatives in collaboration with Special Collections staff. Implemented the authority module in ArchivesSpace and supported the use of digital objects within the platform.
  • Transitioned thesis and dissertation collection from print to print and electronic. Migrated existing electronic submission to a new platform. Revised all documentation, submission forms, and thesis website.
  • Collaborated with Senior Integrated Digital Services Librarian on efforts to increase faculty submissions to our institutional repository, KnowledgeWorks@UB.
  • Reviewed and coordinated digitization and digital preservation efforts. Conducted a “Survey of Institutional Readiness” in preparation for a formal digital preservation program.
  • Project manager for the digitization of audiovisual materials in Special Collections. Awarded a $25000 Fund for Excellence grant to support the digitization of 2” Quadruplex open-reel videotape.
  • Provided reference service as part of the weekly rotation. Served as liaison to the Klein Family School of Communications Design, providing bibliographic instruction for individual classes.

Goucher College Library, Baltimore, MD
Cataloging and Metadata Librarian — January 2012-July 2015

  • Responsible for the overall management of the library’s cataloging and metadata operations.
  • Performed original and complex copy cataloging for library materials, including media, electronic resources, and Special Collections & Archives materials (e.g., rare books and theses).
  • Established procedures and standards for electronic resource records and managed record loads.
  • Maintained the integrity of the catalog through authority control and focused clean-up projects.
  • Provided training, guidance, and direction to the library technician on copy cataloging and processing. Provided training and guidance to Collection Management staff on emerging trends in technical services.
  • Collaborated with User Services Librarian on the first comprehensive, automated inventory of the library’s collection.
  • Planned and implemented metadata creation and virtual access methods for the library’s digital initiatives in collaboration with Special Collections staff. Developed data dictionaries/best practices for collections.
  • Provided reference service as part of the evening and weekend rotation. Served as liaison for History, Religion, and Philosophy.
  • Member of the Digital Assets Management Team, Julia Rogers Research Prize/Goucher College Student Symposium coordinator, Library Emergency Planning Committee, and founding member of the Applestein-Sweren Book Collecting Prize Committee.

W.W. Clark Memorial Library, University of Portland, Oregon
Digitization and Preservation Technical Assistant — June 2010-January 2012

  • Lead member of the Digitization Team charged with developing digital collections of resources within the library and the university archives and museum.
  • Collaborated with Collections Technology Librarian on Dublin Core-based metadata schemas and content standards for digitized materials.
  • Lead daily digitization operations. Described digital artifacts in CONTENTdm using AACR2, LCSH, AAT, and TGM. Trained and supervised student workers.
  • Maintained collection via weeding projects. Copy cataloged JSTOR and other e-serial packages.

W.W. Clark Memorial Library, University of Portland, Oregon
Collections Technical Assistant/Weekend Circulation Supervisor — February 2006-June 2010

  • Supervised 35+ students a semester in Circulation, including student workers in Reference and Graphics Lab.
  • Opened library on Fridays and Saturdays; served as the primary Circulation staff member on Saturdays.
  • Restructured the Circulation manual into a more efficient format. Reviewed workflows and revised content.
  • Coordinated student training, focusing on customer service and problem-solving.
  • Performed daily consortium borrowing processing. Routinely covered Interlibrary Loan.
  • Maintained collection via weeding projects. Created and researched weeding lists for liaisons.
  • Repaired books and other materials and performed special processing (e.g., pamphlet binding).


University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD
Certificate in Curation and Management of Digital Assets: May 2017.

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Master of Library and Information Science: June 2011.

Birkbeck, University of London, London, United Kingdom
Master of Arts with Merit in Victorian Studies: November 2005.

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Bachelor of Arts in Victorian Studies, minor in Art History: May 2004.


Core: Leadership, Infrastructures, Futures
Continuing Education Coordination Committee– July 2021-Present

  • Member of the committee charged with promoting, coordinating, and evaluating the development of Core’s continuing education initiatives and offerings.
  • Member of the Web Course Subcommittee, serving as a liaison to the Fundamentals of Digital Library Projects.

Core: Leadership, Infrastructures, Futures
Continuing Education Working Group– May 20
20-August 2021

  • Member of working group charged with reviewing the continuing education offerings and activities of ALCTS, LLAMA, and LITA as part of the Division’s merger into Core.
  • Final deliverable includes recommending a continuing education portfolio for Core through and combining/eliminating/carrying forward current continuing education committees.

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Publications Committee — July 2018-June 2021

  • Member of the committee charged with coordinating and assessing the ALCTS publishing activities.

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS)

Continuing Education Committee — July 2018-June 2021

  • Member of the committee charged with encouraging and aiding in the creation of continuing education offerings related to metadata and cataloging for the Section, ALA, and beyond.

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Continuing Resource Section (CRS)
Executive Committee — July 2018-June 2021

  • Elected to a three-year term as Member-at-Large. Term ended with ALCTS integration into Core.

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Continuing Resource Section (CRS)
Cataloging Committee — July 2016-July 2018

  • Worked with committee members to develop forums at ALA conferences on cataloging issues relating to continuing resources in all formats.

USA Fencing
Tournament Committee — September 2017-Present

  • Appointed to the committee that oversees USA Fencing’s domestic tournament structure to promote the participation and development of domestic fencing at all levels.

University of Baltimore
University Faculty Senate Secretary — May 2017-November 2017

  • Elected Secretary of the University Faculty Senate in May 2017.

University of Baltimore
Library Faculty Senate, President — May 2016-November 2017

  • Served as Vice-President/President Elect of the Library Faculty Senate.
  • As Vice-President (July 2016-June 2017), managed meeting minutes and organizing the annual election. Member of first Mentoring Taskgroup and Constitutional Review Committee.

University Systems of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI)
Metadata Subgroup — October 2015-November 2017

  • Co-chair for 2016-2017. Member of subgroup responsible for providing guidance on metadata needs for the consortia. Re-appointed in July 2017.
  • Coordinator and presenter at the 2017 Metadata Subgroup Forum, which brought together staff from throughout the consortia.

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Leadership Development Committee — July 2014-June 2018

  • Member of the ALCTS committee focused on developing ALCTS member leaders, creating orientation and training programs, and an annual leadership event.
  • Coordinator and moderator for the committee’s program at ALA Annual 2017, “How to Be an Influential Librarian – Leading and Mentoring from Wherever you Are”.
  • Co-author of a white paper investigating leadership and training opportunities in ALCTS and ALA.

Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (PTPL)
Advisory Council Representative from Maryland — November 2015-October 2017

  • Member of the PTPL Advisory Council, a regional group supporting technical services librarians working and living in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
  • Site coordinator for the 2017 Annual Meeting, held at the University of Baltimore in October 2017.

Maryland Library Leadership Institute (MLLI)
Member of 2014 Cohort — July 2014-July 2015

  • Selected to attend an Institute designed to develop emerging leaders within the Maryland library community. Worked with mentor and team on a year-long post-residency project on assessment.

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award Jury Member — July 2013-June 2014

  • Jury member for the award honoring distinguished contributions to serials librarianship.

Technical Services Division (TSD) of the Maryland Library Association
Past- President and Steering Committee Member — August 2013-November 2017

  • Worked with Steering Committee members to organize events and pre-conference sessions relevant to the needs and interests of technical services staff in Maryland.
  • Revitalized Division membership and participation, and actively recruited Steering Committee members.
  • Member of the 2016 MLA/DLA Joint Conference Committee. Planned a pre-conference on RDA cataloging and a program on Digital Maryland, a collaborative digital repository and DPLA hub.
  • Served as Secretary from 2014-2015. Vice-President from 2015-2016. President from 2016-2017.

Orbis Cascade Alliance Collaborative Technical Services Team
Bibliographic Best Practices Working Group Member — March 2011-January 2012

  • Member of team charged with refining and implementing the bibliographic cataloging best practices.

University of Washington’s iPeer Program
Co-Coordinator — April 2010-June 2011

  • One of three program coordinators for the student-founded iPeer program, assisted incoming online students by matching them with experienced mentors. Maintained the program website.

Ad Coordinator for the Oregon Library Association’s Quarterly
Ex-Officio Member of the OLA Publication Committee — Sept. 2007-June 2011

  • Solicited advertisements, in concert with the editor of each issue, and maintained contact with repeat advertisers. Invoiced advertisers after publication and collaborated with the graphic designer.

Vassar College Alumni Network
Volunteer — May 2004-Present

  • Conduct interviews with applicants from the London, Portland, Baltimore, and Rochester Metro areas.

Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

Esther J. Piercy Award (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)) — Awarded June 2020

Fund for Excellence Grant (University of Baltimore) — Awarded July 2016

CALD Scholarship for the Maryland Library Leadership Institute — Awarded May 2014

New Deal for Goucher College Grant for Student Workers — Awarded November 2012

Oregon Library Association MLS Scholarship — Awarded April 2010

Koon Family Fellowship (University of Washington) — Awarded May 2008

Vassar College Fellowship for Postgraduate Study — Awarded May 2004

Thomas J. Watson Scholarship for Academic Excellence — Awarded 2000-2004

Teaching and Lecturing

iSchool, University of Maryland, College Park
Adjunct Instructor — August 2017-Present

  • Adjunct instructor for LBSC 671 – Creating Information Infrastructures. This core course in the MLIS curriculum provides students with the foundations of acquiring and managing collections, information structures, indexing and discovery systems within the library and information field.
  • Online sections taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2021.

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Fundamentals of Metadata (FOM) Instructor — March 2017-Present

  • Instructor for the Fundamentals of Metadata, a five-week online course on metadata that is part of the larger ALCTS Fundamentals Web Course Series.

“Inventory and Collaboration” — October 2016

  • Invited lecture for the University of Maryland’s LBSC 644 (Collection Development) on collection inventory, project management, and developing collaborative relationships and cross-departmental workflows.

“Metadata in the Wild” — October 2015

  • Invited lecture for the University of Baltimore’s IDIA 730 on metadata basics and the implementation of Dublin Core to describe resources. Provided lecture/slides and a live demonstration of a Dublin Core-based collection in CONTENTdm to highlight metadata principles.

“Metadata and Metadata Standards” — April 2013 and April 2014

  • Invited to prepare a series of short videos on metadata and overview of current metadata standards for the University of Arizona’s IRLS 530 – Cataloging and Metadata Management.


Metadata: A Love Letter to the Future” — February 2020

  • As part of the University of Rochester’s “Love Data Week”, presentation for faculty and staff to introduce them to basics of metadata, what good metadata looks like, and how good metadata practice can help them in their work and lives.

“Mad About Metadata” — February 2019

  • As part of the University of Rochester’s “Love Data Week”, presentation for faculty and staff to introduce them to basics of metadata, what good metadata looks like, and how good metadata practice can help them in their work and lives.

“Use Your Words: Crossing the Jargon Barrier in Academic Libraries” — May 2018

  • With Elizabeth De Coster, presented at the 2018 Maryland Library Association/Delaware Library Association Annual Conference on removing communication barriers by recognizing and reducing use of jargon.

“Training for Results: Hard & Soft Skills for Technical Services Staff” — December 2017

  • With Terry McQuown (King County Library System, WA), co-moderated an ALCTS E-Forum on developing and supporting training for hard and soft skills in technical services departments.

“Transitioning Technical Services: Training Staff to Meet Evolving Needs” — June 2017

  • With Eric Hanson (Johns Hopkins University) and Jacob Shelby (North Carolina State University), presented American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The program discussed strategies for helping technical services staff develop new skills in an ever-changing information landscape.

“How to Be an Influential Librarian – Leading and Mentoring from Wherever you Are” — June 2017

  • Program coordinator and session moderator for a program at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. Facilitated a panel on leadership throughout a librarian’s career with presenters Madison Sullivan, Rachel Fleming, and ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan.

“Expose Yourself! Getting Your Special Collections Noticed” — May 2017

  • With Mary Mannix, Maryland Room Manager at the Frederick County Public Libraries, presentation at the 2017 Maryland Library Association/Delaware Library Association Annual Conference on exposing and generating interest in and use of archival and special collections through finding aids and by cataloging collections locally and globally.

“Hashtags and the Disruption of Information Authority” — February 2017

  • With Natalie Burclaff as part of the University of Baltimore’s annual “RED Talks (Research Engagement Day). This presentation was a discussion of current research on the influence of hashtags and social media on information authority and information literacy in college students.

“Maybe We’re All In(ventorying) it Together” — May 2014

  • With Elizabeth De Coster, presentation at the 2014 Maryland Library Association/Delaware Library Association Annual Conference on the first automated inventory project at the Goucher College Library, focusing on project management, workflows, and fostering cross-departmental collaboration and conversation.


In Progress:
Submitted chapter on developing a metadata outreach program for the forthcoming ALCTS Monograph, Telling the Technical Services Story, edited by Kimberley Edwards and Tricia Mackenzie. Anticipated publication in 2021.

Dull, M.E. (2018). [Review of Introduction to Metadata, 3e. Edited by Martha Burca]. Library Quarterly. 88(2), 193-195.

Dull, M.E. (2017). [Review of RDA Essentials. By Thomas Brenndorfer]. Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), 61(2), 117-18.

Dull, M.E., Findley, E., Griffin, L., & Harris, J. (2017) ALCTS Leadership Development Committee Professional Development Committee Gap Analysis White Paper. (White paper) Prepared for the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Executive Board.

Dull, M.E. (2017). [Review of Digitizing Audiovisual and Nonprint Materials. By Scott Piepenburg]. Library Quarterly, 87(1), 79-81.

Dull, M.E. and Hanson, E. (2016). Moving Metadata Forward with BIBFRAME: An Interview with Rebecca Guenther. Serials Review, 42(1), 65-69.

Dull, M.E. (2016). [Review of RDA Made Simple: a Practical Guide to the New Cataloging Rules. By Amy Hart.] Library Quarterly, 86(3), 359-362.

Dull, M.E. (2015). [Review of The Quality Infrastructure: Measuring, Analyzing, and Improving Library Services. Ed. Sarah Anne Murphy]. Library Quarterly, 85(4), 469-472.

Dull, M.E. (2015). Continuing Resources Standards Forum Report, ALCTS Forum Reports, 2015 Annual Conference. ALCTS News.

Dull, M.E. (2015). [Review of Practical Digital Preservation: A How-To Guide for Organizations of Any Size by Adrian Brown]. Journal of Library Innovation, 6(1), 121-123.

Dull, M.E. (2014). [Review of The New Professional’s Toolkit by Bethan Ruddock]. Library Quarterly, 84(1), 114-117.

Dull, M.E. (2013). [Review of Grant Money through Collaborative Partnerships by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell]. Library Quarterly, 83(2), 192-195.

Dull, M.E. and Parks B. (2011). Cataloging Education and Cataloging Future: An Interview with Allyson Carlyle. Serials Review, 37(2), 116-119. doi:10.1016/j.serrev.2011.03.001

Dull, M.E. and Parks, B. (2009). Solutions and Suggestions from Across the Pond: An Interview with Hazel Woodward. Serials Review, 35(3), 281-285. doi:10.1016/j.serrev.2009.08.014

Elizabeth Bishop: A Growing Legacy. Introductory essay by Ronald D. Patkus, biographical essay by Barbara Page, checklist by Ronald D. Patkus and Margaret Dull, 2004. [Guide to an exhibition at the Vassar College Libraries, Fall 2004]

Vassar College Encyclopedia. Elizabeth Daniels, Editor.
In Spring 2004, composed entries on Emma Church, Henry Van Ingen, Frederick Louis Ritter, Plaster Casts, and the School of Art and Music.