My name is Ricardo Johnson, and I’m a PhD student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University. I’m also a academic librarian with a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science degree from the University of Arizona.

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
  • Student Affairs, Success, & Completion

Professional Experience

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 looking for opportunities in college administration, particularly in student affairs and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion departments. My long term goal is executive leadership/deanship at a land-grant or regional university.

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; sh┼Źnen manga & anime; and, unironically, movies directed by the legend himself…Michael Bay.

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