Jennifer Ferretti is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Decker Library. She’s worked in libraries, archives, and museums for over 10 years. She’s a first generation American Latina whose librarianship is guided by critical perspectives and anti-neutrality. As a MICA fine art undergraduate and Pratt Institute School of Information alum, she firmly believes art is information.


Digital Initiatives Librarian, July 2015 – Present
Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

  • Enhances the Decker Library Digitization Program, institutional repository services, selection of digital tools, Social Media Plan and Web Strategy, with new developments in the field and according to the needs of users.
    Develops digitization priorities and approach for all collections.
  • Manages the library’s digital presence, including the library website, social media platforms, and digital collections sites.
  • Participates in library liaison work including reference, collection development, instruction, and departmental outreach.
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in digitization, digital preservation, institutional repositories, digital tools, and web and social media practices and products.
  • Updates Digitization Program, Social Media Plan, and Web Strategy to be in alignment with contemporary philosophies, practices, tools, and the library’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Develops and designs frameworks, tools, services, activities, and experiences in support of digital initiatives.
  • Oversees the organization and appearance of the content management system for digital collections and institutional repository.
  • Informs and instructs library staff and users of new projects and developments in Digital Initiatives.
  • Coordinates with a variety of library departments in support of digital initiatives, particularly through the Strategic Works Enterprise Tactics Team and the library’s Web Committee.
  • Serves as liaison to the college’s Strategic Communication department.
    • Manages the Digital Curation & Audiovisual Archives Specialist and the Digital Projects Specialist.
  • Oversees processing and cataloging for the digital image collection and academic repository.
  • Performs quality control for all digital projects.
  • Develops activities, outreach tools, or programs that promote social justice, equity, and diversity.
  • Member, Presidential Diversity Task Force.

Archives Technician, June 2014 – July 2015
Library & Archives, Smithsonian Channel, Washington, DC

  • Prepared original footage, completed shows, production elements, and other assets for long-term preservation.
  • Inventoried, identified formats, confirmed health and completeness of files, organized files/folders according to in-house standards.
  • Reconciled materials with production inventory lists and update/correct those lists for cataloging purposes.
  • Preserved born-digital assets on Linear Tape-Open (LTO).
  • Worked with Assistant Editors to create access files for processed collections.
  • Cataloged descriptive and technical metadata in Collective Access.
  • Provided consultations to researchers and fulfill requests for master footage.

Photograph Collection Fellow, September 2013 – May 2014
Archives, Barnard College, New York, NY

  • Developed a processing plan for the Barnard College Photo Collection, a collection that consists of 42.5 linear feet.
  • Based on the processing plan, organized the Photo Collection into series and wrote descriptions.

ARL CEP Fellow, June 2013 – August 2013
Humanities & History Division, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, New York, NY

  • Fellowship awarded by the Association of Research Libraries, Career Enhancement Program.
  • Participant in the Developing Librarian digital humanities project: curated research on the history of Morningside Heights, NYC for an online platform using Omeka.
  • Cataloged dissertations in the institutional repository, Academic Commons.
  • Participated in various cross-library meetings and gained an understanding of how a university library operates.

Exhibits Specialist and Graduate Assistant, January 2013 – July 2013
Public Services Department, Pratt Institute Libraries, Brooklyn, NY

  • Provided reference assistance to library patrons.
  • Curated “The Collections On View,” an exhibition highlighting the Special Collections, Rare Books, and Archives collections of Pratt Institute Libraries (on display May – August 2013).
  • Created the accompanying LibGuide for “The Collections On View.

Curator of Photographs and Digitization Coordinator, May 2009 – August 2012
Department of Imaging Services, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD

  • Processed historic photograph collections previously unavailable to the public.
  • Initiated the equipment budget plan for the department.
  • Facilitated digital project collaborations with local archives and institutions.
  • Supervised the Imaging Services Technician as well as undergraduate interns.
  • Digitized reflective and transparent items, non-print media including oral histories, and three-dimensional objects using archival standards.
  • Fulfilled patron and in-house requests for rights and reproductions.
  • Developed and implemented digitization projects to provide access to otherwise hidden collections.
  • Curated “Paul Henderson: Baltimore’s Civil Rights Era in Photographs, ca. 1940-1960.”

Digital Imaging Technician, March 2008 – February 2009
Digital Imaging Lab, National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Suitland, MD

  • Digitized over 900 lanternslides for the purpose of preservation and web access.
  • Maintained records of imaging projects in the archives’ database.

Digital Imaging Intern, September 2007 – March 2008
Digital Imaging Lab, National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Suitland, MD

  • Digitized over 7,000 acetate negatives taken by noted photographer Walter Rosenblum.

Imaging Services Technician, September 2006 – February 2009
Department of Imaging Services, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD

  • Assisted patrons with rights and reproductions requests; digitized Special Collections items and composed invoices/contracts.


Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS), May 2014
Pratt Institute, School of Information, New York, NY

  • Digital Humanities concentration.
  • Other coursework centered on archival studies.

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography, May 2007
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

  • Coursework centered on photography, other fine arts, and art history.


Ferretti, J. (2018). ‘Temple of Drama’: The Six Year Protest at Ford’s Theater, 1946-1952. In Drabinski, K. & King, N. (Eds.), Baltimore Revisited: Rethinking and Remaking an American City. Location: Rutgers University Press.

Ferretti, J. (2017, Aug 28). Bridging Contemporary and Social Issues for Information Literacy through Instructional Platforms. EDUCAUSE Review, September – October 2017.

Evans, S. & Ferretti, J. (2016, May 23). #Libeyrianship: Pop Culture and #critlib in Information Literacy Programs. ACRLog [Blog post]. Location:

Ferretti, J. (2016, May 3). Beyoncé’s Lemonade Gets a LibGuide. School Library Journal. Location:

Ferretti, J. (2013). First Sale Decided: The Road to the Kirtsaeng v. Wiley Decision and What It Means for Libraries. The Serials Librarian, Volume 65, Issue 3-4, 2013.



Ferretti, J. (2018, Feb 6). Neutrality is Hostility: The Impact of (False) Neutrality in Academic Librarianship [Guest lecture]. LBSC 734 Seminar in the Academic Library, University of Maryland College of Information Studies, Gammons & Inge Carpenter.

Ferretti, J. (2017, Oct 14). Art is information (and neither are neutral) [Keynote presentation]. In Critical Librarianship in the Arts. Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students (VREPS) 2017 Fall Virtual Conference.

Ferrell, R., Ferretti, J. Gilmore, D., & Phong, L. (2017, June 17). Post-Truth. In Dr. J. Ball (moderator), Panel discussions on “Fake News” and “Post-Truth.” Panel discussion at Artist for Truth exhibition space, Baltimore, MD.

Ferretti, J. (2017, May 31). #libeyrianship [Guest lecture]. LIS 537 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Information Professions, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences, Dr. Nicole Cooke.

Evans, S., Grimm, S., Ferretti, J. (2017, April 22). Critical librarianship and visual literacy. In Panopticon panel discussion [Webinar], Simmons College, Boston, MA.

Ferretti, J. (2017, March). Turning Lemonade into a LibGuide. In Chair’s Choice Committee presentation, Association of College and Research Libraries Bi-Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Evans, S. & Ferretti, J. (2017, Feb). #Libeyrianship: Pop culture in critical information literacy programs at art and design colleges. Art Libraries Society of North America Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Evans, S. & Ferretti, J. (2016, Nov 14). Scholarly Communication is Activism. In Virtual Snapshot: Scholarly Communication in Arts Librarianship [Webinar], Art Libraries Society of North America.

Ferretti, J. (2016 Oct). Libeyrianship: Using Pop Culture to Promote Information Literacy Through LibGuides. In Springycamp [Webinar], SpringShare.

Aldana, L., Ferretti, J., & Teaze, K. (2016, July 21). Did You Hear About This? In The Best Idea I’ve Heard This Year: Improv-ing Professional Communication panel discussion, Association of College and Research Libraries, Maryland Chapter, Columbia, MD.



Wikipedia Workshop and War of 1812 Edit-a-thon
October 25, 2014
Workshop, Baltimore Free School, Baltimore, MD

The Collections On View
May 2013 – August 2013
Exhibition, Pratt Institute Libraries, Brooklyn, NY
Curator and creator of accompanying LibGuide

Paul Henderson: Baltimore’s Civil Rights Era in Photographs, ca. 1940-1960
February 2012 (ongoing)
Exhibition, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD
Curator and creator of accompanying website

Seen & Heard: Maryland’s Civil Rights Era in Photographs and Oral Histories
Educational program, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD
Organized panel members, researched topics for discussion, and spokesperson for the media


  • Basic knowledge of HTML/CSS, Javascript, and Ruby on Rails
  • Conversational in Spanish
  • Data and content management systems: Archivist’s Toolkit, CONTENTdm, Collective Access, Drupal, and Omeka
  • Fedora, open source repository software
  • Flatbed scanners and digital SLR cameras
  • Information Visualization software: Tableau, CartoDB, and Gephi
  • Mac and Windows operating systems
  • Metadata and cataloging standards: Dublin, VRA, and PB Core; Encoded Archival Description, Encoded Archival Context, XML, METS, MODS
  • Microsoft Office
  • Millennium, integrated library system
  • Wikipedia article creation and editing


Member, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Diversity Committee

Founder/Organizer, bLAMcollective (Baltimore Libraries, Archives, and Museums)
Baltimore, MD

Judge, Unheard Perspectives: Black History Month Expo
February 21, 2015
Howard County Public Schools, Grades 3-5

Founder/Organizer, Baltimore Wikipedians
Baltimore, MD

Administrator, Student Group, New York City Digital Humanities group
New York, NY


Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), Member, 2017-Present
Society of American Archivists
, Member, 2014-2015
Association of Moving Image Archivists, Member, 2014-2015
bLAMcollective (Baltimore Libraries, Archives, and Museums), Founder, 2015-Present
Baltimore Wikipedians, Founder, 2014-Present
Civil Rights Heritage Advisory Committee (Baltimore Heritage), Advisor, 2014-Present
Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, Member, 2014-Present
New York City Digital Humanities (NYCDH) group, Student Group admin, 2013-2014
State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), Board member, 2009-2012
Maryland History and Culture Collaborative, Member, 2009-2012; 2014-Present