USAG-HI Cultural Resources, Schofield Barracks, O'ahu


I am a graduate student in the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa. This electronic portfolio was created using html for a Library Information Science course assignment and highlights some my education, class projects, and work experience.

Career Summary

My educational background and work experience are highly varied, covering wildlife science, marine science and biology, eco-tourism, underwater research, television, and museums. I have sixteen years of museum technical and preservation experience with training in historic preservation and cultural resource compliance law. I am a certified Institutional Protection Manager, trained in collection disaster response, and a federally-trained Fire Warden.

In my current position, I plan and implement collections management projects and also manage collection databases and other digital and analog records. I held the position of Exhibit and Archive Curator for six years at the Pacific Tsunami Museum, in Hilo, where I was mainly self-taught and self-directed. I have also worked with the Honolulu Fire Department museum and various exhibitions on O'ahu.

My marine science experience includes cetacean and coral reef research; I am a certified Dive Master trained in underwater survey techniques. I have also crewed ships in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands and Palmyra Atoll. These diversified life experiences and perspectives help me to respond with creative, well-considered ideas, keeping projects moving forward when faced with obstacles.

Copyright © Jill Sommer, April 2016