Melanie Cofield

Melanie Cofield

Lecturer


Biography

Melanie Cofield is Head of Access Systems at UT Libraries, coordinating the
administration of traditional and emerging systems and standards. She
provides metadata expertise across the organization and serves as Certified
Scrum Product Owner for Agile deployments of open source and commercial
software systems, including an open source digital asset management system
and vendor-hosted library services platform. In a previous post as Metadata
Coordinator at UT Libraries, she directly supported metadata practices for
the Libraries digital collections and services, participated in linked
data learning initiatives, and engaged with faculty, staff, and students
across campus to identify metadata needs, prospective projects, and training
opportunities.

Prior to joining UT Libraries, Melanie served as the Digital Resources
Librarian at the UT School of Laws Tarlton Law Library, managing the
Librarys web presence, intranet, digital assets and content management
systems; coordinating the implementation of web-based services and resources;
and providing technology documentation and training for Library staff.

Over the course of 25+ years working in academic libraries, Melanie has
enjoyed various roles in collection management, patron services,
instructional and emerging technologies, web services, digital asset
management, and digital preservation. Digital libraries were the original
motivation for her graduate pursuits, and they continue to figure centrally
in her professional interest and practice.

Degrees

Master of Science in Information Studies, Digital Curation, 2007, The
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing & Painting, 1995, University of Georgia

Areas Of Specialization

Digital Libraries
Metadata
Free and Open Source Software Development

Courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourseSyllabus
2020FallINF 385SDigital Libraries