About Me

Qualifications

  • Eight years' experience in freelance copyediting
  • Certificate in editing from the University of California, Berkeley, University Extension
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Word's Track Changes and Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Competency using AP, APA, Chicago, and house style guides
  • Experience as an academic librarian with advanced research skills

Ongoing Clients

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 2011–present

  • Copyedit books, totaling 39 so far
  • Copyedit and proofread articles, research reports, sample policies, and PowerPoint presentations, totaling 720 so far

NWEA (formerly Northwest Evaluation Association), Dec. 2015–present

  • Copyedit and proofread professional learning materials for K-12 educators; formats include interactive PDF workbooks, PowerPoint presentations, and video scripts
  • Created and maintain a style guide for the professional learning team

Naomi Beard and Associates, 2016–present

  • Copyedit reports, totaling 250 so far

Professional Affiliations

Background

I began my career in libraries, first in technical service positions at two university libraries and then as a reference librarian at a liberal arts college. In addition to offering research assistance and teaching library instruction classes, I managed the library collection in the disciplines of criminal justice, international relations, law, political science, social work, and sociology.

Moving away from academia, I next applied my library and research skills at the nonprofit 2-1-1 helpline in Austin, TX, where I managed a comprehensive online database of health and human service programs offered in the surrounding ten counties. Editing and indexing database entries were daily tasks.

After seven years at the helpline, I began exploring the field of freelance copyediting. I completed the yearlong editing certificate program at UC Berkeley Extension and took additional classes in proofreading. My first professional copyediting position was as a contractor at a public relations firm in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Influenced by my time as a librarian and at the helpline, I continue to have a special interest in topics related to criminal justice, government/political science, human rights, international affairs, public policy, social work, and sociology. I also have a growing interest in human resource (HR) management and K–12 education, thanks to my ongoing work with SHRM and NWEA, respectively.

Education

Ongoing professional development:

  • Northwest Independent Editors Guild biennial conferences, Seattle, WA, 2011–2017
  • American Copy Editors Society annual conference, Portland, OR, March 2016

University of California, Berkeley, University Extension, Berkeley, California

Professional Sequence in Editing certificate, 2009

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Master of Library and Information Science, 1996

TCU, Fort Worth, Texas

Bachelor of Arts in political science with a concentration in international relations, 1991