- Seven 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
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 2011–present
- Copyedit books, totaling 35 so far
- Copyedit and proofread articles, research reports, sample policies, and PowerPoint presentations, totaling 680 so far
Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), Dec. 2015–present
- Copyedit and proofread professional development materials for K-12 educators; formats include interactive workbooks, PowerPoint presentations, and video scripts
- Created and maintain a style guide for the professional development team
Naomi Beard and Associates, 2016–present
Copyedit reports, totaling 116 so far
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).
Ongoing professional development:
- American Copy Editors Society annual conference, Portland, OR, March 2016
- Northwest Independent Editors Guild biennial conferences, Seattle, WA, 2011, 2013, 2015
- Subscription to Copyediting newsletter, 2011–present
Professional Sequence in Editing certificate, 2009
Master of library and information science, 1996
Bachelor of arts in political science with a concentration in international relations, 1991