Library & Archives CV

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Sharon Mizota


MLIS, San Jose State University, 2013
MFA, Visual Art, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, 1996
BA, Visual Art, with Highest Honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1992

Additional professional coursework
Copyright Issues for Digital Archives, Society of American Archivists, 2014
Standards for Digital Archivists, Society of American Archivists, 2014
Digital Forensics for Archivists, Society of American Archivists, 2013
Born Digital/Digital Collections, California Rare Book School, 2013


  • EAD, MARC, Dublin Core, PREMIS
  • Experience with LCSH, LCNAF, LCTGM, AAT and local vocabularies
  • Access Data Forensic Toolkit, A/V Preserve Fixity, ImageMagick
  • Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device (F.R.E.D.)
  • Current archival and preservation principles, including MPLP, OAIS
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Project management skills
  • Reference interview and research skills
  • Online marketing, information architecture and graphic design
  • Microsoft Office, WordPress, Photoshop, Illustrator

Professional Experience

2013 – present
Production Art Librarian, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Beverly Hills, CA

  • Developed workflows and standards for preservation and processing of digital and analog art materials, including use of forensic and batch-processing software
  • Establish and maintain policies and procedures for inventorying, arranging and cataloging digital and analog artworks according to industry and organizational standards
  • Identify items for digitization, coordinate workflow with imaging technicians and automate metadata creation
  • Train and supervise production art cataloger
  • Provide reference and reproduction services for researchers in person, via email and phone; organized the library’s first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
  • Work closely with conservator to ensure proper handling and preservation of artworks

2010 – 2013
Graphic Arts Processor, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Beverly Hills, CA

  • Created catalog records for artworks and posters
  • Co-curated the exhibition “Kick Ass! Kung Fu Posters from the Stephen Chin Collection”
  • Wrote blog posts highlighting items from the collections

2009 – 2014
Volunteer Cataloger, Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, CA

  • Created catalog records for posters
  • Created and continue to update the Center’s blog

Freelance Web Designer, Los Angeles, CA
Designed online marketing and PR campaigns at a variety of companies, including Seagate and Teleflora

Art Director, Apple, Cupertino, CA
Designed direct marketing emails, landing pages and print campaigns in coordination with advertising, packaging and retail initiatives

Web Designer, Salesforce, San Francisco, CA
Designed marketing emails, Web sites, banners and presentation graphics.

2003 – present
Freelance Art Writer

  • Write about visual art for the Los Angeles Times and other publications
  • Co-author of Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art, UC Press, 2003

1996 –  2003
Web Designer
Designed Web sites and online branding and marketing campaigns at various design and interactive agencies in New York and San Francisco

1993 – 1994
Associate Director of Broadcast Programming, National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA, now Center for Asian American Media)

  • Administered a grant program for Asian American filmmakers
  • Programmed and promoted Asian American film and video works on public television


Kress-Murphy Scholarship, California Rare Book School, 2013
Arts Writers Grant, Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, 2007
Cultural Studies Book Award for Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art, Association for Asian American Studies, 2005
Van Lier Fellowship, Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1996
Rockefeller Protégé Travel Grant, College Art Association, 1994