Cassandra Tucker

Museum Technologist & Digital Humanist

About

I am a museum technologist and digital humanist currently living and working in Bloomington, Indiana. I focus my work on public-oriented outcomes, and my most recent work has focused on increased accessibility of museums' digital offerings. To this end, I leverage my background in both IT and the humanities to develop strategies for meaningful, accessible engagement for all guests to engage with fine art.

I have been a web developer since 2012, with a two-year break to complete my masters degree in history, and took on the role of project manager and “Scrum Master” within my development teams. In that role, I gained experience with a variety of modern web frameworks, databases, and both new and established web design tools. Through the lens of web projects, I consider questions of digital accessibility as a whole, and as it relates to art museum and digital humanities projects specifically.

Outside of my work, I enjoy screen-free time to recharge. I'm into fantasy reading, site-specific theatre, playing D&D, and hanging out with my cat, Scout.

Interests

Museum Technology
Digital Humanities & Digital History
Public Humanities
Accessible Outreach & Education
History of Medicine
History of the Book

Résumé

Education

University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2018
Master of Arts, History; Certificate in Digital Humanities

University of Nebraska at Omaha 2015
Bachelor of Arts, History; Bachelor of Science, IT (Information Technology) Innovation

Work Experience

Manager of Museum Technology Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, August 2018—Present
Responsibilities include developing and maintaining museum web holdings, including the development of Collections Online (launched February 2020) and A Space of Their Own (anticipated 2021); assessing and maintaining accessibility standards compliance; reviewing and making recommendations about technology purchases for the museum; and developing strategies for sustainable technology to support the museum's core values. In this role I have also developed the museum's institutional strategy for technology; worked with colleagues to develop a staff digital literacy training program; collaborated across museum departments to develop standards and guidelines for sharing the museum collection online; and helped author grants to further museum outreach and impact through technology.

Teaching Assistant Making Invisible Histories Visible, Omaha Public Schools, June 2018—July 2018
Making Invisible Histories Visible (MIHV) is a program that gives rising high school freshmen the opportunity to participate in local history research and presentation. Responsibilites for this position included classroom management; conducting supporting research in local newspapers; conducting video interviews with community members; data cleanup and entry with ArcGIS; helping direct student discussions and resesarch; video editing and cleanup with iMovie; and writing post-program summaries and reports. See the student GIS project on Jazz in Omaha, and the documentary project "No Limits" on women in indie rock.

Digital Public History Intern Willa Cather Foundation, June 2017—August 2017
Responsibilities included creating a digital exhibit in Omeka and documenting the creation process; developing digital archives policy documentation; welcoming patrons to the Foundation museum and bookstore; taking reservations for the Cather Second Home; and taking gallery artwork and bookstore sales.

Teaching Assistant University of Nebraska-Lincoln History Department, August 2016—May 2018
Primary responsibilities varied according to professor, but typically included grading; holding regular office hours to meet with students; and researching and delivering guest lectures.

Web Developer The Attic, University of Nebraska at Omaha, May 2012—August 2016
Responsibilities included acting as "Scrum Master" and technical lead on small development teams; front- and back-end web development primarily in HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, and SQL; writing project scopes and budget estimates; acting as the primary point of contact for project clients; and prioritizing and evaluating task completion.

Lead Instructor, iSTEM Middle School Outreach Program University of Nebraska at Omaha, Spring 2016
Taught approximately 15-20 middle school students Android application development; prepared all lesson plans and activities; created handouts and documentation for students; worked with iSTEM coordinator to discuss future workshops and student success outcomes; worked regularly with students in small-class environments.

Lead Instructor, Techademy Summer Workshops University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2012—2016
Created and taught week-long workshop on IT (Information Technology) Innovation to approximately 10-15 middle school students; developed learning objectives and lesson plans for workshops; created activities and handouts for students; modified lessons and objectives to target individual class makeup and interests; assessed workshop effectiveness and student success.

Technical & Professional Skills

Web Development

  • PHP
  • HTML/CSS
  • SASS
  • Bourbon/Neat/Bitters
  • C#/.NET MVC
  • jQuery
  • Ruby
  • SQL

Project Management

  • "Agile" Managment
  • Scope & Budget Development
  • Grant Writing
  • Project Documentation

Museum Tools & Technologies

  • TMS Collections Management System
  • Piction Digital Asset Management System

Web Frameworks

  • Laravel 5+
  • Modern CMS Frameworks (Drupal, Wordpress, Omeka)
  • CakePHP
  • Ruby on Rails

Text Processing & Layout

  • Adobe InDesign
  • TEI Text Encoding
  • Microsoft Office Suite

Language(s)

  • Latin (reading & writing)

Presentations

See Yourself Here: Building Collections Online to Invite Rural Constituents
MCN 2019 San Diego, CA, November 2019

New Approaches to Shared Authority and Annotation (Roundtable: Annotating Ántonia at 100)
53rd Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association St. Louis, MO, October 2018

“Everyone’s Ántonia”: Strategies for Engagement Roundtable
63rd annual Willa Cather Spring Conference The Willa Cather Foundation, Red Cloud, NE, May 2018

Beyond 'The Curiosity Business': Connecting the Public and the Academy
Medieval & Renaissance Studies Public Lecture University of Nebraska-Lincoln, April 2018

In the Shadow of the Valley of Death: Post-Black Death Medical Practice as Illustrated by Thomas Fayreford
Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference University of Colorado-Boulder, October 2017

Visualizing Medieval Thought: Mapping the Dissemination of Ideas across the Medieval World
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies Western Michigan University, May 2016

Service & Awards

MCN Scholar
MCN Conference, San Diego, CA, November 2019
As part of the MCN Scholars cohort, I prepared and presented a lightning talk about my work at the Eskenazi Museum of Art. My presentation focused on how understanding the museum's rural audience impacted the planning, project design, and success metrics for our Collections Online launch.

Conference Co-Chair, James A. Rawley Conference in the Humanities
University of Nebraska-Lincoln History Department, 2017—2018
Responsibilites included writing grants and other fundraising requests, both for internal (university) sponsorship and external sources; Call for Papers creation and circulation; communicating conference and theme information to potential keynote and panel speakers; creating and distributing audience-appropriate promotional materials to public and academic attendees; coordinating advance and day-of logistics for event; documenting processes, procedures, and expenditures for appropriate grants reporting; reviewing conference submissions for acceptance and notifying applicants of results; and coordinating with university faculty about attendance and participation at the conference. Samples of my work on this project include the Call for Papers, presenters' welcome packet, and conference program.

Contact

Want to get in touch? Email me at cassi.tucker at gmail.com if you want to connect!