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.

Processing Intern (Fall 2013), September 2013 – December 2013
Manuscripts and Archives Division, New York Public Library, Queens, NY

  • Wrote archival descriptions for unprocessed manuscript collections using More Product, Less Process principles adapted to fit the mission of the division and library.
  • Created finding aids using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).

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.

See full work experience on my LinkedIn page.


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.A. (2020). Building a Critical Culture: How Critical Librarianship Falls Short in the Workplace. Communications in Information Literacy, 14(10), 134-152.

Sulkow, C., Ferretti, J., Blueher, W., & Simon, A. (2019). “#artlibraries: Taking the Pulse of Social Media in Art Library Environments.” Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, 38(2), 305-323. University of Chicago Press.

Ferretti, J. (2019). ‘Temple of Drama’: The Six-Year Protest at Ford’s Theater, 1947-1952. In King, P. N., Drabinski, K., & Clark Davis, J. (Eds.), Baltimore Revisited: Stories of Inequality & Resistance in a U.S. City. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Brown, J. & Ferretti, J. A. & Leung, S. & Méndez-Brady, M. (2018). We Here: Speaking Our TruthLibrary Trends 67(1), 163-181. Johns Hopkins University Press. Pre-print available via eScholarship, University of California.

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

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.A. (2020, July 21). Disciplines as Domination: How interrogating traditional research and knowledge will help make our libraries and archives more equitable. Triangle Research Libraries Network Annual Meeting. [Keynote presentation]. Available here: edited for Medium.

Brown, L., Ferretti, J., and Gomez, M. (2019, Nov 2). Baltimore Revisited with Lawrence Brown, Marsiela Gomez, Jenny Ferretti, and Joshua Davis. Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, MD.

Ferretti, J. and Tropea, J. (2019, Sept 25). Curating Henderson. Goucher College, Baltimore, MD.

Ferretti, J., Hatcher, K., and Monsalve, A. (2019, Sept). Collecting for Social Justice: Artists’ Books and Critical Theory. Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference, Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens, NY.

Ferretti, J. and Ruffin, R. (2019, April 20). The Art of Information with Brown Art Ink and Jenny Ferretti. Circulation Desk Workshop Series, The Menial Collection, Baltimore, MD.

Brown, J., Ferretti, J., Leung, S., Méndez-Brady, M. (2019, April 12). Moving Beyond Race 101: Speculative Futuring for Equity. Association of College and Research Libraries Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Ferretti, J. and Fontánez Rodríguez, C. (2019, March 29). Archiving Non-Traditional Art and Design Theses Work. Art Libraries Society of North America. Salt Lake City, UT.

Ferretti, J., Fujita, S., Schilling, E. (2019, March 27). Art Libraries Society of North America Diversity Forum. Break out session: Writing Ourselves Into Our Future: Dismantling and Envisioning Alternative Models of Library Leadership. Developed by Jennifer A. Ferretti and Sofia Leung.

Brown, A., Ferretti, J., Perez, E., Veasey-Cullors, C. (2019, March 9). Educational Reform: Challenging the Ideology of the ‘American Dream,’ Equity, and Inclusion in Institutions and the Work Place. Society of Photographic Education conference. Cleveland, OH.

Ferretti, J. A. (2018, Nov 28). Neutrality is Polite Oppression: How critical librarianship and pedagogy principles counter neutral narratives and benefit the profession. Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium (CLAPS). [Keynote presentation.] University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Bedford, C., Daniel, H., Douglass, M., Ferretti, J., Hoi, S., Thomas, H. W., Zellner, P. (2018, Oct 17). For Freedoms Town Hall: The Role of Institutions in Civil Society. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Md.

Dean, C., Ferretti, J., Gabiola, J., Hughes, M., Peltzman, S., Wildenhaus, K. (2018, Oct 16). Building Community and Solidarity: Disrupting Exploitative Labor Practices in Libraries and Archives. Digital Library Federation Forum. Las Vegas, NV.

Brown, J., Ferretti, J., Leung, S., & Méndez-Brady, M. (2018, Sept 29). We Here: Community Building as Self-Care. Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. Albuquerque, NM.

Ettarh, F., Ferretti, J., Hathcock, A., Martin, R., Roh, C., & Winston, R. (2018, Sept 27). Our Librarianship/Archival Practice is Not for White People: Affirming Communities of Color in Our Work. Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. Albuquerque, NM.

Ferretti, J. & Leung, S. (2018, July 20). Writing Ourselves Into Our Future: Dismantling and Envisioning Alternative Models of Library Leadership, Sofia Leung and Jennifer Ferretti. Gender & Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium. Simmons College, Boston, MA.

Ferretti, J. (2018, May 24). Researching Community History: A Free Workshop with Jenny Ferretti. Everything Must Go! Exhibition by the 2019 Curatorial Practice MFA cohort, Maryland Institute College of Art. SpaceCamp, Baltimore, MD.

Ferretti, J. (2018, May 9). Art is Information: Countering the ‘neutral’ classroom with pop culture and social justice. The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) [Keynote presentation]. Radford University, Radford, VA.

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.


Movers & Shakers 2018 – Community Builders, Library Journal


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
  • Wikipedia article creation and editing


  • Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), Member
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive, Treasurer and Board Member
  • National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA), Member