Myka Kennedy Stephens

Independent Information Professional
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Services

Writing & Editing

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As a published author, I write magazine and newsletter articles on a wide range of topics, including libraries, technology, theology, Christian mission, ministry, parenting, and ecology.

As an editor I perform the full range of editorial responsibilities, from copy editing to publication. I organize submissions, provide editorial content, manage editorial staff, and create layouts and designs for both print and online publications.

Websites

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My websites are hand-coded using the latest W3C standards for CSS3 and HTML5. I design sites based on my client's needs while being mindful of accessibility and user experience. Javascript, PHP, RSS 2.0, and WordPress are tools I use to design dynamic and responsive sites.

The way in which information is organized and presented on a website is just as important as the design. I consult with clients to revise and update site content and help to maintain sites, including support and training.

Cataloging & Indexing

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Detail-oriented and self-motivated, I excel at creating, importing, and editing bibliographic records for monographs and serials. An experienced cataloger, my specialty is in bibliographic maintenance and management.

I am versed in many major library and metadata standards: AACR2, LCRI, LCSH, LC Authority File, LC Classification System, DDC, MARC21, OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards, CONSER, Dublin Core, and EAD. I am highly adaptable and can adhere to my client's established standards and practices.

Information Ministries

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I consult with churches and synagogues to renew and enable library and information ministries. This happens through individualized consultation, research, and training services.

Examples of my work with faith communities include conducting workshops and training events on all aspects of library operation, community profiling and needs assessments, and assisting in the development of policies and procedures. Visit mission-information.org to learn more.

Experience

  • Cataloger at Pitts Theology Library, 2004-2006

    Cataloger, Pitts Theology Library, 2004-2006

    Cataloged approximately 250 titles per month, including new acqisitions, special collections, and periodical materials; imported and updated bibliographic records for monographs and serials; created full-level original records for monographs and serials; performed bibliographic maintenance activities as necessary.

  • Minister of Resources and Church Librarian at Druid Hills UMC, 2006-2009

    Minister of Resources and Church Librarian, Druid Hills UMC, 2006-2009

    Reorganized and revitalized collection of approximately 4,000 volumes; created and implemented new library policies; automated circulation procedures and introduced computerized integrated library system; cataloged and maintained the collection by performing routine book repair; recruited and trained volunteers to assist with various library activities and tasks.

  • Web Manager, New Hope UMC, 2009-2011

    Web Manager, New Hope UMC, 2009-2011

    Redeveloped and redesigned website, including the design of a new church logo and original graphic design to complement logo; integrated food pantry ministry into website; added blog functionality and utilized RSS feeds from social media sites to provide dynamic content; updated content regularly and trained volunteers to make updates.

  • Articles published in 'The Flyer'

    The Flyer, General Commission on the Status and Role of Women of the United Methodist Church

    • "Called to Serve: A Brief History of the Methodist Deaconess Movement," vol. 42, no. 6 (June 2011): 6, 8.
    • "Called to the Edges: United Methodist Deaconesses Today," vol. 42, no. 7 (July 2011): 10-11.
    • "Filipino Women Are Front-Line Ministers: Deaconesses in the Philippines," vol. 42, no. 8 (August 2011): 8-10.
  • Editor of 'SRRT Newsletter', 2008-2011

    Newsletter Editor, Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association, 2008-2011

    Edited and published quarterly newsletter publication; coordinated submissions from round table members and task force leaders; transitioned publication from print to electronic; instituted five-member editorial board and led development of editorial policy; redesigned SRRT website to optimize transmission of SRRT Newsletter; created searchable online archives of newsletter issues and round table resolutions from 1969 to 2011.

  • Articles published in 'Response' magazine

    Response: The Voice of Women in Mission, United Methodist Women

About

portrait of Myka Kennedy Stephens by Merri Lutzker Stephens

Education

A graduate of Southern Methodist University, I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in religious studies and music. In my final year of study, I was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the National English Honor Society.

I hold two Masters degrees. I earned a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University where I attended as a William R. Cannon Scholar. In 2007, I earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the College of Information, Florida State University where I concentrated my studies on information policy and management.

Affiliations

I maintain memberships in the American Library Association, the Library and Information Technology Association, the American Theological Library Association, the Church and Synagogue Library Association, and the Gamma Chapter of Beta Phi Mu—the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society.

In 2009, I was commissioned as a Deaconess of the United Methodist Church. I embrace the deaconess commitment to ministries of love, justice, and service in my vocation as an information professional. Dedicated and passionate about libraries and information services, I bring vision and integrity to all of my projects.

Contact

May I Be of Service?

I am happy to hear from you and learn about your projects. I can create a custom quote for any type or combination of services based on your needs and budget.

Freelance writing and editing is contracted on a per-project basis. Cataloging, indexing, and library ministry consulting is contracted on an hourly basis. Special monthly subscription packages are available for website design and maintenance, in addition to regular hourly rates. Discounted rates are available to non-profit and religious organizations.

I contract all of my services out of my office located in the Chicago metropolitan area. I can provide a complete CV and references upon request. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more.

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