Sheryl Cormicle Knox
930 Linden St., East Lansing, Michigan 48823
(517) 337-9679

Education * Information Work Experience * Teaching Experience
Computer Skills * Awards and Honors



Master of Information and Library Studies
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, December 1993
Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English
Grinnell College, Iowa, May 1990

Information Work Experience

Information Architect
Information Architects, Ann Arbor, Michigan
May 1997--present

Founder of consulting practice dedicated to the effective communication of community information via emerging digital technologies.

  • Design and implement WWW sites: assess information, design information, plan graphic and multimedia elements, construct pages, systematize maintenance processes, evaluate quantitatively and qualitatively.
  • Design and implement interactive communication channels.
  • Train for self sufficiency: consult regarding training design, develop instructional materials, tutor individuals and small groups, instruct classes.
  • Evaluate and recommend hardware, software, and connectivity

Kellogg / ALOT Community Networking Initiative, Flint, Michigan

February 1995--June 1997

Equipped, trained, and energized librarians and community organizations to create WWW-based community information.

  • Trained librarians and members of the community to use the Internet effectively and publish on the World Wide Web.
  • Administered all aspects of an 18 station training lab, including supervision of a part time technician.
  • Managed and maintained a World Wide Web server.
  • Designed and implemented web sites, including interaction with databases.
  • Served as consultant and advocate for community groups in regard to Internet access, use, and publishing.
  • Oversaw budget and administrative functions of project.
  • Disseminated “lessons learned” through conference presentations and web publications.

Information Specialist
Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
University Center, Michigan

March 1994--February 1995

Produced metadata and developed standards, procedures, and database infrastructure for metadata development at CIESIN, a digital library of socioeconomic and environmental data and analysis tools.

  • Served as a task leader, managing financial, human, and information resources in the development of a National EPA Environmental Catalog System under an EPA Cooperative Agreement.
  • Designed and developed metadata for the Great Lakes Regional Environmental Information System.
  • Represented CIESIN on a federal government interagency working group concerning the data management of global change information.
  • Analyzed and recommended implementation of a variety of standards for metadata development.
  • Wrote requirements for software to aid in metadata development.

Reference Assistant
Natural Science Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

March 1993--March 1994

Provided services to biology and natural resources faculty and students:

  • Worked cooperatively with reference team in a goal based environment.
  • Provided reference assistance to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates
  • Contributed to the integration of Internet resources into reference services.
  • Designed and taught course-specific research skills workshops.

Internet Resource Developer
Neurosciences Internet Resource Guide
School of Information and Library Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

September 1993--December 1994

Co-author of an effort to discover and organize neuroscience information on the Internet:

  • Discovered resources on the Internet and evaluated them for inclusion using a collection development policy.
  • Established and maintained contacts with neuroscientists active in the Internet community.
  • Created a database using Filemaker Pro to organize and store records of resources.
  • Published the guide as one of the first WWW resources ever mounted at UM SILS.

Teaching Experience

Substitute Teacher
Kearsley Community Schools, Flint, Michigan

September 1991--June 1992

Teach for America, Lynwood Unified School District, Lynwood, California

September 1990--June 1991

Participated in a nationwide education reform program:

  • Taught a Spanish bilingual kindergarten in an inner city public school.
  • Assisted with the creation of an integrated, whole language arts curriculum.
  • Participated in Teach for America support activities.

Computer Skills

Macintosh, UNIX, and Windows in stand alone and networked environments
BASIC, Pascal, DOS, UNIX, SQL, AppleScript, HTML
Library Applications
NOTIS, Innovative Interfaces, Dynix, RLIN, Silver Platter, DIALOG, Lexis/Nexis
Productivity Applications
Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Filemaker Pro; Hypercard; Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator
Internet Clients
Wide variety of WWW, Telnet, FTP, Usenet and Email client software on Macintosh, Windows, and UNIX
Internet Publishing
WebStar and associated plug-ins and CGIs, including Lasso; Adobe PageMill/SiteMill; Claris Home Page; FrontPage; Dreamweaver; RTFtoHTML; Acrobat Exchange

Awards and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa Joyce Fellowship
Beta Phi Mu Grinnell Trustee Honor Scholarship
UM SILS Academic Scholarship Beulah Bennett Loring Prize for Excellence in English


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