Joseph Koivisto

Contact Information




  • Master’s of Science in Library and Information Science
  • The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
    • Selected for Cultural Heritage Information Management scholarship from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
    • GPA: 4.0 on a 4.0 Scale
    • Expected graduation date of December, 2014


  • Bachelor’s of Art in English with minors in Writing and Philosophy
  • University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
    • Selected for Dean’s List 2005-2009
    • GPA: 3.72 on a 4.0 scale



Project Andvari: Facilitating Access to Disparate Digital Collections of the Medieval Material Culture of Northern Europe through Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Poster presentation at the 2014 Society of American Archivists annual meeting held in Washington, DC.


Identifying Thesauri Selections of Repositories of Digitized Medieval Manuscript Collections

Poster presentation at the 2014 Bridging the Spectrum symposium held at The Catholic University of America.

Video of presentation available here.


Project Andvari

The Catholic University of America, Washington DC

  • Selected to participate in the initial project workshop with Dr. Youngok Choi as representatives of the Department of Library and Information Science
  • Selected by Dr. Lilla Kopár as a graduate research assistant to aid with grant management and project activities such as:
    • Management of project social media presence
    • Planning of controlled vocabulary development activities and one-day intensive workshop
    • Development of NEH Level II Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant application
  • Project Andvari proposes to create an aggregate digital repository of early medieval Northern European material culture in order to facilitate digital scholarship and promote innovative analysis of distributed cultural artifacts
  • Project received NEH funding through a Digital Humanities Level I Start-Up Grant
  • Project information available at:


Analysis of End-User Tags in Digital Collections of Humanities Objects

The Catholic University of America, Washington DC

  • Created a data template to be used by myself and two other research assistance for the analysis of end-user tags on the NINES repository, an aggregate repository of digitized humanities collections
  • Analyzed thousands of individual objects in order to assess the relationship between end-user created tags and the conventional metadata assigned by catalogers and collection owners
  • Aided in normalizing data in order to facilitate final analysis of the study findings
  • Initial project design documented in Choi, Y. & Syn, S.’s “An examination of user tags in a digitized humanities online collection,” Proceedings of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, 49(1), 1-4


Paper presented at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, Minneapolis, MN

  • A New Terminology: Castle’s Interpretation of the Bildungsroman as a Tool of the Colonial Subject and Boehmer’s Theory of Colonized Dependence in Joyce’s Portrait
  • Paper is available upon request



Library Associate, District of Columbia Public Libraries

Washington DC

  • Oversee patrons in Digital Commons computer lab; provide technical assistance with computers, printers, scanners, copiers, tablet devices; provide patrons with information on 3D printing devices and capabilities. Assist patrons in the Popular Reading Room with locating materials; regularly perform shelving, shelf reading, hold processing, and book display set-up. Provide reader advisory services, reference services, and patron guidance regarding electronic-format resources and online research databases.
  • Additionally responsible for the operation and maintenance of the library’s 3D printer devices (MakerBot Replicator 2) for the completion of patron print requests submitted through the library website. Familiarity with printer hardware, software, requisite file types (.STL), and the ability to provide introductory information to curious patrons are a necessary part of this position.
  • Educational Programming:
    • Basic Internet Safety
    • Intro to XML
    • Intro to XML 2.0
    • Introduction to 3D Printing


Research Assistant, Department of Library and Information Science

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC


Training Developer, Softek International


Technical Writer, SystemOne Holdings


Writing Tutor, University of Scranton Writing Center


Automation Assistant, Army Physical Fitness Research Institute


Automation Assistant, US Army Heritage and Education Center


Work Study Secretary, University of Scranton Education Department

Professional Skills

  • HTML & XML coding
  • Metadata schemas and cataloging standards
  • Controlled vocabularies and thesauri development
  • Online catalogs and discovery layers
  • Bibliographic control applications
  • File identification applications (DROID, JHOVE)
  • Data analysis
  • Instructional design
  • Basic website construction and maintenance
  • RESITE Recorder and Publisher (v. 7.1 & &.3)
  • TechSmith Camtasia Studio (v. 3.0-8.0)
  • Ancile uPerform
  • SAP usage and training
  • Basic knowledge of German

Volunteer Experience


Conference Chair, Graduate Student Association

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

  • Responsible for reviewing and approving graduate student requests for GSA funding to attend and participate in academic conferences both domestically and internationally
  • Managed the GSA conference budget over $20,000 for the summer period (March-September)
  • Received the Fulton Sheen Medal of Excellence for service to the GSA


Library Volunteer

Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA

  • Performed general collection and circulation maintenance activities such as shelf reading, book cleaning, pull list, and general patron assistance
  • Assisted in set up of facilities for system-wide librarian training


  • Dr. Youngok Choi, Professor, The Catholic University of America
  • Prof. John M. Hill, Professor, University of Scranton
    University of Scranton, CLP 207, 570-941-7427,
  • Diane Killian, Project Lead & Senior Technical Writer, Softek International
  • Dr. Stephen Whittaker, Professor and Esprit faculty moderator, University of Scranton
    University of Scranton, CLP 212, 570-941-7795,
  • Dr. Lilla Kopár, Director of the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies, The Catholic University of America


Work Samples

Historic Markers of Washington, DC: An online collection

Descriptive Metadata for Rare Book Digitization Projects

Folder Structure & Information Retrieval: Personal information management in your everyday life

Reference service use among undergraduate English majors in academic and research library settings and the impact on research behaviors

Special collections and digital library interfaces: An overview of available application platforms and implementation documentation

Identifying thesauri selections of repositories of digitized medieval manuscript collections


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