Home: 1725 Grove St., Michigan 49006 USA (269) 329-0842
Work: Technical Services Dept, c/o Waldo Library, Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5353 USA (269) 387-5166, fax: (269) 387-5193.
2009 - University Libraries, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Professor, Head of
Technical Services Department. Liaison to School of Art, oversee cataloging, electronic resources and serials, and
monographic acquisitions. Continued involvement with LUNA Insight Image Catalog project and other digital
projects such as the Costume Image project and ScholarWorks. Completed baseline cataloging update project and
one subject and name authority notification with Backstage Library Works. Participated in the successful
implementation of importing OCLC World Cataloging Partners records for purchases from the library’s second
largest vendor of books.
1997 – 2009 University Libraries, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Professor, Visual
Resources Librarian. Head, Visual Resources Library and Videotape, DVD, and Film Collection. Liaison and
bibliographic instruction librarian for the School of Art; creating catalog and imagebase of 125,000+ slide and
digital image collection, LUNA Insight Image Catalog project; implement subscription digital image databases;
preparation of Web pages for library Web site; management of the Visual Resources Library; part-time faculty
Department of Family and Consumer Science, fall 2004 -2007.
1995–1997 Columbia College Library, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois. Librarian. Reference and
bibliographic instruction responsibilities; slide library cataloging, collection development, and collection
management; cataloger for Columbia College’s Costume Imagebase and Commercial Art Imagebase projects. Part-
time instructor of Art History.
1994-1995 Information Autobahn, Oak Park, Illinois. Consultant. Developed research strategies and thesauri for
1991-1992 Regional History Center and Archives, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.
Research assistant. Completed research on mural by Chicago WPA artist, mounted exhibit for 50th anniversary of
Pearl Harbor, and collection arrangement and description.
1990 First Division Museum, Cantigny, Wheaton, Illinois. Assistantship in museum library.
Book cataloging, periodical management, wrote cataloging procedures manual and disaster plan.
1989-1990 St. Charles Public Library District, St. Charles, Illinois. Circulation clerk.
1984–1990 Miranda Imports, Batavia, Illinois. Proprietor. Import and wholesale of handweaving and knitting
yarns from Finland and Norway.
1981-1985 Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois. Instructor of adult education. Taught courses in
Textile Conservation and Restoration, Seminole Patchwork, Natural Fibers Properties and Characteristics, and
1981-1984 Seivers’ School of Fiber Arts, Washington Island, Wisconsin. Instructor of weaving.
Taught courses in beginning weaving, band weaving, rug weaving, and Scandinavian laid-in and pick-up techniques.
1976-1985 Shepherd’s Harvest, Evanston, Illinois. Founder and partner. Retail store specializing in
handweaving, knitting, and spinning supplies. Taught weaving, spinning, and knitting.
1975 Greentree Ranch Wools, Laramie Branch, Laramie, Wyoming. Co-manager of store, retail sale of
yarn, weaving, and spinning equipment. Taught weaving, spinning, and knitting classes.
Continuing Education, 2005 - Present
2011 Attended several NISO Webinars on topics relating to Systems and electronic resources functions
2011 Good Practices for Great Outcomes : Cataloging Efficiencies that Make a Difference, OCLC workshop,
Wayne State University, June 17
2009 Ordering and Managing Streaming and Other Emerging Media, ALA Chicago, sponsored by
2008 Metadata, Michigan Library Consortium, October
2008 Disaster Preparedness, Center for Conservation of Art and Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia, May
2007 Cataloging Cultural Objects and VRA Core Users Session, Art Libraries Society of North
America, Atlanta, April
2005 Content DM, Michigan Library Consortium, July
2005 CCO, Train the Trainers, Visual Resources Association Conference, Miami, Florida
1994 Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. MA in Art History. Thesis entitled: Gift
Of the Moon Goddess: Maya Cultural Heritage Revealed in the Costume of Chiapas, Mexico. Area of concentration
– art of the Americas, specifically costume and textiles. Dr. Jeff Karl Kowalski, thesis advisor. Courses in western,
Oriental, and African art.
1990 Dominican University (formerly Rosary College), River Forest, Illinois. MALS in Library Science.
Area of concentration – special and art collections. Final project: Disaster Plan for the First Division Museum,
Cantigny, Illinois: Library, Archives, and Museum Collections.
1974-1976 University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming. Graduate studies in Wool Production, College of
1972 Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois. BA in Art. Areas of concentration: textile design and art
history. Foreign study at the Institute of Irish Studies, Dublin, Ireland. Archeological field work at the sites of
Ballyglass and Belderrig, County Mayo, 1972.
(published under the name Miranda Howard)
2009 Effects on Color Management when Using a Glass Platen to Flatten Book Pages or Documents
while Capturing Images with a Digital Still Camera Paul Howell and Miranda Howard, Western
Michigan University Libraries (USA) paper delivered by Paul Howell at the IS&T Archiving 2009 Conference,
May 7, Arlington, VA. To be published in the conference proceedings.
2008 Medieval Clothing and Textiles, vol. IV, Boydell and Brewer, indexer
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2008 Book Review, “Clothing the Spanish Empire” by Marta Vicente, University of Kansas Press, 2007.
in the Sixteen Century Journal” 2008.
(published under the name Miranda Howard Haddock)
2006 “Beyond the Slide Show” Visual Resources Association Bulletin, conference proceedings from the
2005 annual conference, summer 2006
2005 “Through the Windows and the Walls: Guided Tours and Case Studies in the Canterbury Cathedral
Project” Visual Resources Association Bulletin v32 n 2 (2005): 59-60.
2005 “Selecting Subject Heading Lists and Thesauri for Digital Imaging Projects: Report of the Survey
from Digital Transfer of Slides from Architecture, Interiors, and Furniture and History of Costume to CD-ROM”
Visual Resources Association Bulletin Special Issue: The Digital Transition, Part II v 31 n 3 (2005): 46-49.
2005 “Visual Resources, The Web, and Classroom Teaching: A Case Study of the Canterbury Cathedral
Project at Western Michigan University” Visual Resources Association Bulletin Special Issue: The Digital
Transition, Part I v 31 n 2 (2005): 24-28.
2003 “Acquiring Pictures in the Digital Age: Licensing Issues in the Acquisition of Slides, Digital Images,
and Digital Reproduction Rights for Two Digital Image Project at Western Michigan University”
Against the Grain v 15 n 2 (2003): 89-91.
2001 “This is Where the Millinery Is: Managing the Manual and the Electronic Hat Racks in the Western
Michigan University Visual Resources Library” Visual Resources Association Bulletin v 28 n 2 (2001): 58-60.
2000 Darning the Wear of Time: Annotated Bibliography and Survey of Periodical Literature
On Costume Conservation, Restoration, and Documentation Published in English 1980-1996. Lanham:
Scarecrow Press, 2000.
1999 “Beyond Creator, Title, and Media: The Core at Western Michigan University: Using the VRA Core
Categories for the Description of Works of Art in Cataloging the Slide Collection” Visual Resources Association
Bulletin v 26 n 1 (1999): 68-70.
1998 “Creating a Visual Catalog for the Visual Resources Library, Western Michigan
University, or a Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Internet…We Cataloged the Collection”
Visual Resources Association Bulletin v 25 n 2 (1998): 57-60.
1997 “CNI/OCLC Workshop on Metadata for Networked Images and Databases: Report”
Visual Resources Association Bulletin v 23 n 2 (1997): 38-40.
1980-1986 Published 24 articles on weaving and spinning in trade journals for Countryside
Publications and Interweave Press. Bibliography available on request. Pulbished under the name Miranda Howard.
Awards and Grants
2005 Western Michigan University, Travel Research Award to attend the International Medieval Congress
in Leeds, UK, July 2005.
2005 Western Michigan University, Travel Research Award to attend the VRA Conference, Miami, March
2003 Western Michigan University, Travel Research Award to attend CHArt Conference, London,
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2002 Western Michigan University, Teaching and Learning with Technology Grant, co-investigator, for
Canterbury and Saint-Denis: An Interdisciplinary Online Approach to Two Churches at the Intersection of Medieval
Culture. Collaborated with Department of History and the Medieval Institute.
2001 Western Michigan University, Teaching and Learning with Technology Grant, principal investigator,
for Digital Transfer of the History of Costume and Architecture, Interiors, and Furniture to CD-ROM.
2001 Western Michigan University, Faculty Research and Travel Award for workshop presentation at Art
Libraries Society of America Conference in Los Angeles
2000 Visual Resources Association, Travel Award to attend annual conference in San Francisco, April
1998 Costume Society of America, Travel Research Award for Darning the Wear of
T ime: Annotated Bibliography and Survey of Periodical Literature on Costume Conservation, Restoration, and
Documentation Published in English 1980-1996 to complete second phase of project.
1998 Western Michigan University, Faculty Research and Creative Activities Support Fund for
Darning the Wear of Time… to complete second and final phases of project.
1998 Art Libraries Society of North America, John Benjamins Research Award for Darning
The Wear of Time to complete second phase of project.
Guides and Web Pages
2011- ScholarWorks, posted five articles:
2011- SelectedWorks WMU Author Home page: http://works.bepress.com/miranda_howard/
2006 - Guide to Finding Images and Pictures, available on the Web at
2003 - 2009 Annotated Bibliography of Costume Research Resources: Print and Visual Materials
http://www.wmich.edu/library/visual/costume/ (removed 2/2009)
2002 - 2009 Digital Transfer of Slides to CD-ROM, instructions on how to use Portfolio software to
create image intensive CD-ROMs and how to use the CDs for instruction
http://www.wmich.edu/library/visual/slidetocd/ (removed 2009)
2001 -2007 Finding Slides on ImageCat, brief instructions, for WMU patrons
http://www.wmich.edu/library/vrl/imagecat/brief_instructions.php (removed 2007)
2001 - 2007 Finding Slides on ImageCat, tutorial, for WMU patrons
http://www.wmich.edu/library/vrl/imagecat/index.php (removed 2007)
2000 -2011 Art Education Subject Guide, available on the Web at
http://www.wmich.edu/library/sg/5/112/ (removed 7/2011, consolidated with Art Subject Guide in
1999 -2005 AMICO Library User’s Guide, available in print and on the Web at
Updated, summer 2002, suppressed Spring 2004 due to change in AMICO interface (removed 7/2005)
1999-2007 Finding Slides on WestCat, for non-WMU browsers
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http://www.wmich.edu/library/handouts/findingslides.php (removed 2007)
1999 - 2005 Slides of Manuscripts from the Bodleian and Pierpont Morgan Libraries in the Visual
Resources Library, Western Michigan University: Browsing Guide, available on the Web at
http://www.wmich.edu/library/vrl/bodleian_morgan/index.php (removed 4/2005)
1999 - Art Subject Guide, updated in Lib-Guides August 2011, available on the Web at
1999 -2007 Professional Web page, available on the Web at
http://www.wmich.edu/library/prof/profpage.php?empid=251 (removed 9/2007)
Papers and Poster Sessions Delivered at Conferences
2008 American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, June, Poster session:
“Catch the Wave: Building a Digital Image Library without Wiping Out”, with Sheila Bair and Paul Howell.
2006 41th Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2006. Paper for DISTAFF session on entitled
“Hunt for the Haberdashery: An Inventory of the Men’s Clothing in the Hunt for the Unicorn Tapestries.”
2005 International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, July 9-13, 2005. Paper for DISTAFF session entitled
“Using Controlled Vocabularies to Describe Medieval Costume and Textiles.”
2005 Visual Resources Association Annual Conference, Miami, Florida, March 2005. Paper, session entitled
Beyond the Slide Show.
2004 39th Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 6-9, 2004. Speaker, “Why is Mary Tablet
Weaving?” Session on Decorative Textiles, sponsored by DISTAFF; Chair, The Virtual Canterbury Cathedral Web
Site: Future Directions for a WMU Teaching Site; Panelist, Digital Media and Medieval Art: Using Computers in
the Classroom and Conference Hall.
2003 19th CHArt (Computers and the History of Art) Conference, Birkbeck College, London, England,
November 6-7, 2003. Demonstration and Poster Session, “The Virtual Pilgrimage: Phase I of Canterbury and Saint-
Denis An Interdisciplinary Online Approach to Two Churches at the Intersection of Medieval Culture.”
2002 37th Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 4. Panelist for session on textile and costume
research as specialist in library materials for these subject areas. Session sponsored by DISTAFF.
2002 North Suburban Library System, Wheeling, Illinois, March 19, 2002. Speaker, “The Art of Reference.”
2001 Art Libraries Society of North America, Annual Conference, Los Angeles,
California, March 29 - April 4. Co-moderator and speaker, workshop entitled "They Never Covered This in Library
School: Basic Resources in Costume, Art Production, Film, and Artists' Videos." Paper, “The Clothes Make the
Movie: Periodical Sources for Costume Research.”
2001 Visual Resources Association, Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 26-March 3.
Paper, “This is Where the Millinery Is: Managing the Manual and Electronic Hat Racks in the Western Michigan
University Visual Resources Library,” for Session V, “Wearing Two Hats: The Visual Resources Curator as
2000 Visual Resources Association, Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, April 4-9. Member of
panel discussion Roundtable V: Entering the New Millennium: The Visual Resources Professional in the 21st
Century, Margaret Webster, organizer and moderator.
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2000 Art Libraries Society of North America, Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 16-21.
Member of panel Ask ARLISL Lost in the Fog: Finding One’s Way Around a Sea of Slides, Paula Hardin,
organizer, Sheryl Wilhite Garcia, moderator.
1999 AMICO Library Conference, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 3-4. Looking
at Images and Information, Teaching AMICO to Library Patrons: One Visual Resources Librarian’s Perspective.
1998 Visual Resources Association, Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2-
8. Creating a Visual Catalog for the Visual Resources Library, Western Michigan University or A Funny Thing
Happened on the Way to the Internet…We Cataloged the Collection.
1997 Costume Society of America, Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 26-29.
Darning the Wear of Time: Phase I, poster session.
1996 Costume Society of America Regions III & IV, Annual Conference, Cleveland, Ohio,
October 27-29. Huipiles of the Moon Goddess: Maya Cultural Heritage Revealed in the Women’s Ceremonial
Garments of Chiapas, Mexico.
1994 Handweavers’ Guild of America, Bi-annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 3-8. How-to
Guide to Textile Research, seminar leader.
University Libraries Service and Activities
2011- Local Digitization Project Committee
2011- SWIT – ScholarWorks Implementation Team
2011 Deaccession Task Force
2010 Bindery Policy Task Force, chair
2009 - Collection Development Committee
2009 -2010 Institutional Repository Committee
2008 - 09 Information Literacy Committee
2008-2010 Tenure and Promotion Committee
2008 - Conservation Subcommittee of the Preservation Committee
2007 - Environmental Subcommittee of the Preservation Committee
2007 - Manuals Subcommittee of the Preservation Committee, chair
2006 - Executive Committee, co-chair
2006 - Tenure and Promotion Committee
2006 - Preservation Committee, University Libraries Strategic Plan
2006 - Library Customer Relations Task Force, University Libraries Strategic Plan
2006 Search Committee for Metadata/Cataloger Librarian
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2006 Search Committee for Systems Librarian
2005 - Strategic Plan Steering Committee
2005 Strategic Plan Committee, co-chair with head of LSAB (dissolved)
2006 Strategic Plan Tabulation Committee (dissolved)
2005 Search Committee for Head of Technical Services
2004-2005 Executive Committee, Chair
2003-2005 Technology Management Team (dissolved)
2002 Search Committee for Web Developer
2002 Search Committee for Web Librarian
2002-2004 Digital Image Projects Committee (dissolved)
2002-3003 Executive Committee
2000-2003 Art Exhibition Committee, Chair
2000-2001 Executive Committee
1998-1999 AMICO Library Test Bed Site Team, Leader
1997-2001 VRL Advisory Committee (dissolved)
2011- WMU Common Read program for 2012, committee chair and coordinator
2005 - Strategic Directions Task Force, under the direction of President Bailey
2003-2004 Sangren Hall Emergency Response Team
1999-2002 Faculty Senate, University Libraries Representative
1999-2000 North Central Accreditation Evaluation, Criterion 4 team member
1999 Center for Teaching and Learning Consortia Development Team
Professional Association Activities
2006 Rutgers University Libraries, outside reviewer for Dr. Sara Harrington, candidate for tenure
2006 - Visual Resources Association, CCO (Cataloging Cultural Objects) Train the Trainers and
Work Type Task Force. I am scheduled to teach a workshop at Michigan Library Consortium in Spring 2007.
2006 - Art Libraries Society of North America, Wittenborn Award Committee
2005-06 Costume Society of America, reviewer for paper for annual publication, Dress
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2003- 2011 Boydell and Brewer publishers, member of editorial board for new scholarly journal,
Medieval Clothing and Textiles.
2003 Costume Society of America, reviewer of paper for annual publication, Dress.
2001 Art Libraries Society of North America, Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, March 29-April 4.
Co-moderator and planner of workshop entitled “They Never Covered This in Library School: Basic Resources in
Costume, Art Production, Film, and Artists’ Videos.”
1999-2002 Voyager Enhancement Committee, Image Server Subcommittee.
1998 Visual Resources Association, Evaluation Committee for new edition of Image Buyers’
1998 VISION Project, Evaluation Team. The VISION Project is a joint pilot project between the Getty
Information Institute and the Research Libraries Group promoting the standardized cataloging of images using the
VRA Core and MARC format.
Courses Taught Since 1995
2010 Wet Materials Recovery Workshop for Waldo Library Disaster Response Team, July 19
2008 -2009 Independent study with honors student, Jessica Yeiter, to translate and research French costume book
housed in Special Collections and Rare Books, co-presented with Susan Steuer and Merrion Gray
2007 Directed Reading on the History of the Printed Book for Paul Howell, co-directed with Susan
2007 Introduction to Cataloging Cultural Objects, Michigan Library Consortium, May
2004-2008 History of Fashion, FCS 3260, fall semester, Family and Consumer Science, WMU
2006 Designing Apparel for Special Populations, FCS 5220, summer, Family and Consumer Science,
1995, 1996 Art History 120, fall and spring semesters, Department of Art, Columbia College, Chicago
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