Katherine Bell
Academic Program Specialist

I’m a former library paraprofessional, finishing my master’s to become a library professional, seeking to obtain a position where I may utilize and apply my education, experience, creativity, leadership, and organizational skills to benefit the company and my coworkers, as well as ensure a successful work environment.

Master of Science/Master of Library Science (MSI/MLIS))
Florida State UniversityAugust 2020 – December 2022

Completed and upcoming classes:

Digital Libraries, Information Organization, Government Information, Research in Information Studies, Storytelling for Information Professionals, Introduction to Information Policy, Cataloging and Classification, Usability Analysis, Collection Development and Management, Museum Informatics

Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Editing
Florida State UniversityAugust 2009 – May 2011

Selected classes:

Line-Editing, Copy Editing, Electronic Editing, Editing and Designing Newsletters, Magazine Culture.

Bachelor of Arts, English with Professional Writing Option
Georgia Southwestern State UniversityAugust 1998 – May 2002

Minor: Sociology

Member: Phi Beta Kappa, English Honor Society

Selected Courses: Advanced Grammar, Advanced Composition, Professional Writing, Technical Writing, and Creative Writing.

Selected Work History
Academic Program Specialist
Florida State University, Reubin O'D. Askew School of Public Administration and PolicyOctober 2021 – present

Social media management, including managing and updating the School’s website, and updating the School’s social media. Travel and purchasing representative. Advising students on the master’s graduate-level regarding classes, enrollment, certification, paths to graduation, and more. Creating classes and ensuring textbooks were correct. Assisting with orientation for incoming graduate students. Participating in the hiring committee for an additional staff member. Supervising 1 federal work-study student and 1 part-time staff.

Administrative Associate
Florida State University, Reubin O'D. Askew School of Public Administration and PolicyApril 2020 – October 2021

Social media management, including managing and updating the School’s website, creating a twice-yearly newsletter, and updating the School’s social media. Travel and purchasing representative. Administrative and academic support. Supervised 2 undergraduate federal work-study students and 2 part-time staff.

Academic Coordinator
Georgia State University, University Testing & Prometric TestingApril 2017 – April 2020

Administered and proctored a variety of exams within a university-based Prometric Testing facility, with an emphasis on protecting the intellectual properties of various clients. Controlled test areas by maintaining knowledge of policies, procedures, and best practices. Maintained sufficient security clearance to deliver federal-level Internal Revenue Service (IRS) examinations. Provided daily troubleshooting of technical difficulties. Provided high levels of customer support and service to 30 to 50 testing candidates a day, representing a wide variety of professions.

Library Associate
Library Associate, Robert Manning Strozier University Library, Special Collections and ArchivesDecember 2010 – August 2013

Created and managed schedules via Microsoft Excel and later Microsoft Outlook. Maintained department “out” calendar. Staffed customer service and reference desk. Maintained department statistics. Some limited cataloging of special collections archival objects. Monitoring for consistent temperature and humidity in storage areas for best preservation of materials. Responsible for creating department WordPress blog, as well as authoring posts, creating photographs, and editing images for department blog posts, found at:


Administrative Support Assistant
Florida State University, Robert Manning Strozier University, Library Administration OfficeApril 2007 – December 2010

Managed and maintained the calendars of a university dean, two associate deans, and two conference rooms. Travel and purchasing representative. Administrative support. Managed library association, including:

Maintaining membership lists; receiving and processing donations and fees; booking catering for board meetings and taking meeting notes; creating RSVP mailings for annual dinner, as well as creating signage for dinner and arranging catering for dinner; and troubleshooting any issues with memberships that might arise.

Senior Library Technical Assistant
Florida State University, Robert Manning Strozier University Library, Undergraduate Services and Programming Department (formerly User Information Services)June 2005 – April 2007

Copyedited undergraduate library newsletter, checking volumes for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Compiled monthly usage statistics for the department. Retrieved and maintained government documents. Developed and maintained blogs and listservs for use in multiple departments throughout the library. Managed department in supervisor’s absence.