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Matthew Upson

1002 Lawrence Street
Emporia, KS 66801
620-242-0487 (office)
620-755-6528 (cell)


Miller Library, McPherson College, McPherson, KS,
July 2009 – Present
Director of Library Services
• Communication with faculty (individuals, committees, divisions, etc.)
• Financial Management (budgeting, grant-writing, etc.)
• Personnel Management (supervision, training, communication) – 11
Student Workers
• Technical Management (catalog/database troubleshooting)
• Purchasing Equipment and Supplies
• Annual and Other Reports
• Short and Long-Term Planning
• Maintaining Cooperative Arrangements
• Supervision of Cataloging and Classification of Library Materials
• Supervision of College Archives
• Collection Development
• Supervision of Special Collections (Auto Restoration Technology and
Church of the Brethren History Room)
• Interlibrary Loan
• Library Instruction and Reference
• Lead campus wide reading group
• Schedule campus and community programming

Track and Field Team, McPherson College, McPherson, KS,
December 2009 – Present
Part-Time Assistant Coach
• Supervised short-distance Sprinters
• Two days per week

School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University,
Emporia, KS,
July 2008 – July 2009
Graduate Student Assistant
• Perform Research for assigned faculty; heavy usage of varied
• Act as course manager for online Blackboard course
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• Assist with logistical and technological issues
• Proctor weekend intensive courses
• Workgroup involved in redesigning graduate assistantship structure
• Specialized in providing assistance to Reference/Instruction-based

Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, Dole Archives, Lawrence, KS, May 2008 –
July 2008
Archival Intern
• Responsible for arrangement, description, and database entry of
Robert J. Dole’s U.S. House of Representatives papers.
• Utilized ARCHON system

Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence, KS, January 2007 – May 2008
• Special Education
• Group and individual tutoring
• Title I Resource Room (Math)
• Coordinated after-school program for 7th graders

History Department, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, July 2006 –
December 2006
Graduate Teaching Assistant
• Teaching Assistant for U.S. History through the Civil War
undergraduate course
• Responsible for conducting 3 weekly discussion sections of 30 students
• Created and graded exam questions
• Created weekly online exams drawn from course readings
• Modified online student resources (Blackboard)
• Acted as Student/Faculty liaison

The Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK, May 1999 – July 2006 (Summers)
Landscape Maintenance Technician
• Responsible for landscape care and grounds maintenance


Master of Library Science
Emporia State University, Summer, 2009
• Overall GPA of 3.99

Master of Arts in History (Anticipated)
Emporia State University, Fall, 2011

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
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Oklahoma State University, Spring, 2006
• Overall GPA of 3.71
• Minor in History – 4.0 GPA in History coursework (30 Hours)
• Graduated Cum Laude

• “Learning to Forget: Readings in American Military History”
• “General David Petraeus and the Role of Leadership in
• “‘Our German Calamity’: Readings in the Rise and Fall of the Third
• “An Ardor Verging on Recklessness: VII Corps in Operation Cobra”
• “The Information Transfer Process: World War II History”
• “The Effect of Cultural Relevance on Native American Public Library
Usage: A Research Proposal”
• “Library Needs Assessment for Americus, Kansas”
• “The Link between Democratic Struggle and ICT Development in

• Panel Member - Session on Paraguayan Libraries and Information
Spring 2009 KLA/MPLA Conference, Wichita, KS
• Librarything and the Online Participatory Catalog
Poster Presentation - Spring 2009 KLA/MPLA Conference, Wichita, KS
• Dynamic Learning Places of Paraguay with Maria Scherich
Poster Presentation - Spring 2009 KLA/MPLA Conference, Wichita, KS

• Libraries and Emerging Democracies
• International Diplomacy in the Information Age
• Web 2.0 Tagging/Online Participatory Cataloging
• American Religious History from Colonial Period to Civil War
• Military History

• South Central Kansas Library System (SCKLS) Programming Grant -
$200 – Fall 2009
• SCKLS Grant-in-Aid - $5,265 – Fall 2009

• 2010 Kansas Reads Committee, 2009-2010
• Educational Policies Committee, McPherson College, 2009-2010
• Instructional Resources Committee, McPherson College, 2009-2010
• Mentoring Committee, New Members Roundtable, ALA
Member 2009-2010
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• Marshall Cavendish Award Committee, New Members Roundtable, ALA
Member 2009-2010

• American Library Association (2008 -)
Reference and User Services Association Division
-History Section
Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table
New Members Round Table
Social Responsibilities Round Table
• President (Spring – Summer 2009), Student Chapter of the American
Library Association (SCALA), Emporia State University (2008 -)
• Kansas Library Association (2008 -)
College and University Libraries Section
Private Academic Libraries Section (PALS)

• Oklahoma Teaching License
6th-12th grade Social Studies

• ACRL New College Library Directors Mentor Program, 2009-2010
Participated in mentoring program, 3 day seminar in Boston, and
• ALA Student-to-Staff Program, Summer 2009, Emporia State University
Chosen to represent ESU School of Library and Information
Management at annual ALA conference in Chicago as a student worker.
• Martha Furbur Scholar, Spring 2009, Emporia State University
Member of delegation sent to Asuncion, Paraguay; responsible for the
study of information resources in developing democracies; work on
developing possible grant proposals.
• Noble Foundation Academic Scholarship, 2001 – 2005
Scholarship of $20,000 over four years of undergraduate studies
• President’s Honor Roll, Oklahoma State University
Fall 2002
Spring 2003
Fall 2005
• Dean’s Honor Roll, Oklahoma State University
Fall 2003
Fall 2004
Spring 2005
• Graduate Record Examination, Fall 2005
Verbal Score – 570
Quantitative Score – 640
Analytical Writing Score – 5.5

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• Lowther North Intermediate School, Emporia, KS Spring 2009
Lunchtime Homework Room Supervisor
• College and University Libraries Section, KLA, Annual Conference,
Lawrence, KS Fall 2008
Technology Support
• Friends of the Emporia Public Library, Emporia, KS, August 2008 –
August 2009
Board of Directors
• Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, KS, Spring 2008
Technical Services Volunteer, MARC Records Updating
• Southwest Junior High School, Lawrence, KS, Fall 2007
Library Media Center volunteer, shelving, processing, circulation

• Participant – College Library Directors’ Mentor Program (2009-2010)
• ALA Annual Conference (July 2009)
• University of Kansas Libraries – Day on the Job (April 2009)
• Kansas Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association Joint
Conference (April 2009)
• Kansas Library Association, College and University Libraries Section
Fall Conference (October 2008, 2009)

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