My name is Ricardo Johnson, and I’m the current Resident Librarian at West Virginia University. I earned my Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona, with a dual concentration in Academic Librarianship & Archives and Special Collections.

I also received a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Archival Studies from the UA School of Information. Previously, I graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.

Career Interests

  • Higher Education Administration
  • Academic Librarianship & Pedagogy
  • Archives & Special Collections
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Media Preservation & Literacy
  • Digital Collections, Curation & Metadata

Film & Librarianship

While studying film at Arizona State, my passion for motion pictures began to extend far beyond the production aspect of the medium. My interest started to lean heavily on film history, media theory and analysis, and cinema’s cultural influence. Consequently, marrying my two lifelong passions – film and librarianship – became necessary.

I then scrambled to find best graduate program that catered to my budding needs while staying true to my roots in Southern Arizona. As such, I studied library science at the UA School of Information, and graduated at the top of my class with a 4.0 GPA.

Professional Experience

However, my success in library science is not without merit. I worked at the John Peace Library for 3 years at the University of Texas at San Antonio. While there, I was charged with managing our audiovisual collection and archive, which involved the sorting, cataloging, and digitizing, of thousands of DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, and other legacy media artifacts.

I also worked for 4 years at the PBS affiliate Arizona Public Media (KUAT-TV), located on the campus of the University of Arizona. My time was spent in their digital media archive, ingesting and sorting media (video clips and sound files) from their live studio programming.

Most recently, I worked as an Digitization & Metadata Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Creative Photography Kennerly Archive, located on the University of Arizona campus. I assisted in the enhancement, selection, and updates of visual/art metadata in a DAMS called Piction. I also processed an extensive, 1 million object Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aid for the Kennerly Archive using ArchivesSpace & Oxygen XML Editor.

Future Endeavours

I’m working remotely for WVU currently, but I will be relocating to Morgantown, WV for the spring 2021 semester. I’m also applying to a myriad of higher education PhD programs for the fall 2021 cohort.

Personal Interests

My interests include: the UFC & Mixed Martial Arts (MMA); classic StarCraft; anything written by Tom Perrotta; the NBA & the r/nba subreddit culture; shōnen manga & anime; and, unironically, movies directed by the legend himself…Michael Bay.