Dave A.

Koch
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Dave A. Koch
201A Ardmore Avenue
Haddon Township, NJ 08108

(973) 652-0623
kodave1@gmail.com

OBJECTIVE:
Seeking work in dynamic, library setting which allows me to develop my leadership, creativity and
technology skills
CAREER SUMMARY:

Talented and flexible librarian with over five years of experience working in various environments
including academic and public libraries as well as archives

Built society's Wikipedia page which includes images and comprehensive history of organization and
became third most popular portal on internet to society’s webpage

Executed lesson plans in popular classes to build basic computer skills educating around 75 patrons to
meet educational and vocational needs
Extensive experience with developing online and in-house exhibits, including an exhibit that attracted
local media and over 100 patrons at opening reception

Developed customer service skills by handling research needs of hundreds of patrons, including
academic scholars and general public, through email reference responses and in-house customer
interactions

Created content for electronic resources such as Society's blog, Facebook page and e-newsletter to
advertise and educate public about mission and holdings of historical society
Managed employees to recommend security changes in reading room and implement drastic changes such
as security cameras as well as updating procedures for handling emergencies and thefts
EXPERIENCE:
Presbyterian Historical Society
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
January 2011-Present
Reference Archivist
Develop 30-40 reference responses per month while exercising excellent customer service to inform on
use of Society's holdings for variety of users from academic public to amateur genealogists
Built society's Wikipedia page which includes images and comprehensive history of organization and
became third most popular online portal to society’s webpage

Managed a committee of three employees to discuss, recommend and implement important security
policy upgrades including updated handling of materials and theft procedures for reference staff

Instructed 40 patrons at a genealogy conference on the use of the society’s resources to conduct
research

Served on job search committee with colleagues to go through 50 resumes to fill vacancies in public
services department

Planned in collaboration online exhibit about eschatology and Presbyterianism that received 100
views within first three days of being posted online

Authored in collaboration with other department employees new policies and forms that instructed
patrons on use and copyright issues regarding society’s new microfilm machine


Streamlined with employees front web page of online catalog CALVIN for easier public usage
Research and write six articles per issue for society's biannual journal highlighting history of
churches and sites placed on Presbyterian Society's Historical Registry

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• Create several articles a year for the society’s blog, Facebook site and monthly newsletter utilizing
items from archives to both educate and market society

Designed bibliographical pathfinder of early Eighteenth Century Presbytery documents to allow
easier access to archival holdings

Planned in conjunction with colleagues high-quality exhibits on topics such as Civil War and 160th
Anniversary of Presbyterian Historical Society for display in society’s lobby

Collaborated with other society employees to create Civil War traveling exhibit including scanning
and mounting exhibit items

Applied and won MARAC Grant for a scholarship, including tuition and travel expenses, to attend
Modern Archives Institute at National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Work with other denominations to organize six charity events involving volunteers from Historical
Society and other organizations

Scan images for patrons, book publication and exhibits using Adobe Photoshop to specifications
outlined by National Archives

Willingboro Public Library
Willingboro, New Jersey
Reference/Local History Librarian

February 2008-October 2010

Executed reference service to library customers answering between 200 to 400 reference questions
per month from simple questions to complex queries using computerized databases Ebscohost and
Lexis/Nexis
Drafted lesson plans and handouts to instruct more than 75 library customers in high-demand courses like
Microsoft Word, computer basics and resume workshops

Responded to nearly 200 archival reference questions by local residents and academic scholars on
Willingboro History by researching documents, maps, newspapers and electronic resources

Expanded Willingboro’s local history collection by processing over 200 items, some dating to the
Colonial Period, increasing by 25 percent a 20 cubic foot collection

Created dozen historic exhibits; four serving as traveling exhibits to other libraries and one local
exhibit attracting 100 people on opening day

Coordinated and publicized over two dozen programs of cultural interest including guest speakers
such as Ghost Research Society of South Jersey and local history room open houses

Uploaded a dozen local history images online, adding metadata, to create digital library with New
Jersey Digital Library to promote local history and library

Operated content management system Joomla to update and promote library’s monthly calendar
website with average of 20 listings each month

Collaborated with library’s Religious Outreach Committee by seeking local history donations from
area churches and helping local organizations set up displays

Supported library outreach by acting as liaison to Willingboro Heritage Commission (as well as
Commission Secretary for six months) and conducting outreach programs on local history with area
high schools

Contributed to collection development by adding over 200 books, DVDs, and audio CDs through gift
book donations and reference collection suggestions

Developed Web 2.0 tools such as Google Maps and Wikipedia to foster better reference service,
spread historical information and build library publicity
Awarded $800 grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services for materials, such as books and
supplies, to create 10-page disaster recovery plan and manage local history collection
Internet Public Library
Volunteer Reference Assistant

June 2007-February 2008

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Answered two dozen reference questions using internet resources through IPL’s design system
Communicated detailed reference explanations to patrons through email
Hagerty Library (Drexel University)
Reference Librarian

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

October 2006-May 2007

Volunteered free time to assist other librarians at Hagerty’s reference desk by answer requests from
students and faculty members
Answered student and faculty requests for information using Hagerty’s 400 electronic databases, as well
as print sources
Educated students and academic scholars in-person at reference desk on how to use library’s online
resources
Retail Traffic
2006
Associate Editor/Staff Writer

New York, New York

June 2004-February

Researched and wrote three stories per month on national retail trends and demographics for a
specialized business audience
Examined business databases like Thomson’s FirstCall and other business resources to stay ahead of
trends in retail industry
EDUCATION:
Modern Archives Institute, National Archives, Washington, DC.
February 2012
Certificate of Completion
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
September 2007
Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science
Member of Beta Phi Mu
Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey
June 2000
Major: History, Journalism
TECHNICAL SKILLS:
HTML, Microsoft Excel, Word, Lexis/Nexis, Dreamweaver, MS Publisher, Joomla, Wikipedia,
Wordpress, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, OCLC Connexion, Drupal. Familiarity with other
computer operating systems like Ubuntu.
CERTIFICATES:
Copyright for Archivists
Librarians are Wikipedians Too! (Certificate of Attendance)
Arrangement & Description: Nuts and Bolts for Creating Access to Archival Material (MARAC
Certificate of Training)

Helping Your Patrons Understand the Global Financial Crisis (NJLA Professional Development
Certificate)




Radical Reference (NJLA Professional Development Certificate)
Reference Excellence Challenge (NJLA Professional Development Certificate)
Surviving a Genealogy Reference Interview (NJLA Professional Development Certificate)
Advanced Book Repair (South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative Professional Development
Certificate)

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New Jersey State Professional Librarian Certificate (Thomas A. Edison State College New Jersey State
Library)
PROFESSIONAL
ASSOCIATIONS:



Delaware Valley Archivists Group 2011-Present
Society of American Archivists (SAA) 2007-Present
Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference 2011-Present

VOLUNTEER
EXPERIENCE:
Philadelphia Digital Humanities Group (Volunteered to work in the website development committee)
2012


Free Library of Philadelphia Digital Collections (Entered metadata based on Dublin Core for
Automobile Reference Collection) 2010-2011

Moorestown Public Library (Created excel database for local newspaper records) 2007
Princeton Historical Society (worked with glass plate negatives and handled gift shop desk) 1997