About Me

Photo of Ruth Kitchin TillmanI'm , the woman behind EADiva. I completed my MLS with a focus in archives at the University of Maryland in December of 2013, worked as the Metadata Librarian at NASA Goddard’s Library, then as the Digital Collections Librarian at the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library, and am now at Penn State University Libraries.

After building the first EADiva site, I was asked to give feedback on the creation of the official EAD tag library for EAD3. I then began working on my own draft of this new EAD3 version of the EADiva site. I was one of the SAA’s EAD Roundtable co-chairs for 2014-2016 and worked with others to make EAD do more for more people.

I became interested in EAD during a class project in Fall 2011 and have been exploring it off and on ever since. In October 2012, Molly Schwartz and I presented a paper on EAD and Archivist’s Toolkit at MARAC. It was while doing research for that paper that I got the idea for this site. Building this site has been a fantastic learning experience for me as I’ve had to deal with each element on a level I might never have been forced to, even in a job where I used the schema. I hope that the site will be useful for archives students and archivists alike.

You can find me on Twitter as @ruthbrarian and on my own site, where I have a blog and CV. My areas of focus are library systems, metadata, labor practices, and accessibility. When I’m not doing library things, I’m probably reading, crafting, or gaming.