Education | Honors & AwardsProfessional Experience | Skills | Publications | Conference Presentations | Service & Professional Development | Memberships


M.A., Liberal Studies (February 2016)
Specializations in American Studies and Digital Humanities
Graduate Center, City University of New York (New York, NY)

M.S., Library and Information Science, Advanced Certificate in Archives (Feb 2012)
Graduated with distinction
Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY)

B.A., Film Studies (May 2000)
University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

Honors & Awards

  • Director’s Scholarship, Rare Book School (2015)
  • HASTAC Scholar, Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (2015)
  • Early-career Librarian Scholarship, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Awardee, ACRL 2015 Conference (2015)
  • LACUNY Professional Development Committee Travel Grant, Library Association of the City University of New York (2015)
  • Attendance Scholarship, 53rd Annual Preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association (2012)
  • Pratt Circle Award for academic achievement, Pratt Institute (2012)
  • Merit Scholarship, Pratt Institute (2009-2010)
  • Student film, Fringe, selected for “Experimental Works @ Berkeley,” Pacific Film Archive (2000)

Professional Experience

Mina Rees Library, Graduate Center, CUNY. New York, NY.

  • Dissertation Research Librarian, Substitute Assistant Professor (Jan. 2016-present) — Manage all aspects of the dissertation and thesis deposit process. Develop and document procedures, manuscript format guidelines, and instructional materials. Maintain accurate data and work closely with university administrators to coordinate services to graduating students. Provide one-on-one research consultations and workshop-based instruction on scholarly communication topics, serve as library liaison to/selector for Sociology and Film Studies programs.
  • Interim Dissertation Assistant (Dec. 2015-Jan. 2016) — Worked with graduate students, faculty, and administrators to introduce a fully electronic thesis and dissertation deposit workflow.
  • Adjunct Reference & Digital Outreach Librarian (Oct. 2013-Dec. 2015) — Provide reference and research assistance in person and via email, chat services. Develop and implement strategic social media and digital outreach plan. Create custom CSS for LibGuides 2.0 implementation. Assess library space and signage from a user experience perspective. Member of the Web Committee.

International Center of Photography. New York, NY.

  • Collections Intern (Oct. 2012-Jan. 2013) — Examined objects and prepared condition reports for photographs and ephemera to be included in the David “Chim” Seymour exhibit, “We Went Back: Photographs from Europe, 1933-1956 by Chim.” Assigned accession numbers and rehoused donations.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). New York, NY.

  • Library Intern (Sept.-Dec. 2011) — Performed enhanced and copy cataloging, assisted with catalog maintenance activities, collections care, and stack maintenance. Created custom enclosures and assessed preservation/conservation needs. Answered reference inquiries via email and assisted reference staff in the reading room.

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, NYU. New York, NY

  • Intern (Sept.-Dec. 2010) — Under the direction of the Tamiment Librarian, processed additions to pamphlet and serials collections, assessed preservation/conservation needs, and rehoused materials. Searched online bibliographic utilities and updated records in Archivists’ Toolkit and MS Access.

Columbia University Bookstore (Barnes and Noble College Booksellers). New York, NY

  • Store Manager (Aug. 2006-Aug. 2007) — Managed all aspects of store operations, including inventory management, personnel, client relations, IT, bookkeeping, marketing, and community outreach. Supervised a team of five Department Managers and 40-55 booksellers.
  • Assistant Store Manager (June 2005-Aug. 2006) — Ensured accurate point-of-sale (POS) reporting and maintained data integrity in inventory and financial records. Hired, trained, and recruited staff. Managed special projects such as graduation, freshman orientation, book fairs, etc.
  • Textbook Manager (Apr. 2004-June 2005) — Worked closely with faculty, staff, and publishers to obtain course book information and copyright permissions for coursepacks. Managed the ordering, receiving, returns, and buyback of course materials.
  • Trade Book Manager (Nov. 2002-Apr. 2004) — Bought books and sidelines to supplement B&N corporate buys, planned promotions and displays, solicited and executed author events, managed inventory levels.

Publishers Group West. Berkeley, CA

  • Special Markets Assistant (Aug. 2000-May 2001) — Assisted Sales Manager in Special Markets (non-bookstore accounts). Selected titles, wrote copy and designed layout for the PGW Gift Books Catalog, and served as liaison to over 100 commission sales reps.

Pacific Film Archive Library and Film Study Center. Berkeley, CA

  • Intern (Jan.-May 1999) — Clipped and filed additions to the library’s vertical documentation files. Attended weekly sessions with library reference staff.


Experienced with Library of Congress Classification, LCSH, LCSNA, AACR2, MARC21, Cataloger’s Desktop, Classification Web, MARCEdit, OCLC Connexion, OCLC FirstSearch, ExLibris Aleph ILS, Millennium ILS.

Proficient in MS Office (including Access), Lotus Notes, Omeka, WordPress & social networking sites.

Familiar with Archivists’ Toolkit, DACS, EAD, Dublin Core, HTML, CSS, XML, TEI, PHP, MySQL, QGIS, Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop & Final Cut Pro.

Professional working proficiency in Spanish. Elementary proficiency in Italian.


  • Coble, Z., Potvin, S., Shirazi, R. (2014). Process as product: Scholarly communication experiments in the digital humanities. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2(3):eP1137.

Conference Presentations

  • Shirazi, R. & Zweibel, S. (2016, September). Crafting the Digital Front Matter: Guidelines for Depositing Digital Dissertations. Poster accepted to the U.S. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Conference (USETDA) 2016, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Fragaszy Troyano, J., Rhody, L.M., Coble, Z., Shirazi, R., Potvin, S., Pinto, C., Nguyen, K. (2015, March). Enhancing Scholarly Communication and Communities with the PressForward Plugin. Poster presented at ACRL 2015, Portland, Oregon.
  • Fragaszy Troyano, J., Rhody, L.M., Coble, Z., Shirazi, R., Potvin, S., Pinto, C., Nguyen, K. (2014, July). Enhancing Scholarly Communication and Communities with the PressForward Plugin. Poster presented at Digital Humanities 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Coble, Z., Potvin, S., Shirazi, R. (2013, November). dh+lib: behind the scenes. Poster presented at the Digital Library Federation Forum, Austin, TX.

Service & Professional Development

  • Founding Editor, dh+lib. A project of the ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group. Spring 2012-present.
  • M.A., Liberal Studies Program Representative, CUNY Graduate Center Doctoral Students Council. July 2013-July 2014.
  • Student Technology Fee Committee Member, CUNY Graduate Center Doctoral Students Council. July 2013-July 2014.
  • Volunteer, RBMS / Grolier Table, 52nd Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair, April 14, 2012.
Professional Development Training
  • The History of the Book in China. Instructor: J. Soren Edgren. Rare Book School, July 19-24, 2015.
  • Transforming and Querying XML with XSLT and XQuery. Instructor: Robert Chavez. Library Juice Academy, March 1-28, 2015.
  • GIS Practicum. Instructor: Frank Donnelly. Baruch College, Newman Library, New York, NY, November 9, 2012.
  • PHP and MVC Architecture: Build a Better Website. Instructor: Izzy Johnston. Girl Develop It, New York, NY, July, 2012.
  • Information Visualization. Instructor: Chris Alen Sula. Pratt Institute, New York, NY, November 6, 2011.
  • Introduction to Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Instructor: Farris Wahbeh. Pratt Institute, New York, NY, October 8, 2011.
  • Rare Books Cataloging. Instructor: Virginia Bartow. Pratt Institute, New York, NY, July 16, 2011.
  • Paper Conservation. Instructor: Kyle Triplett. Pratt Institute, New York, NY, June 12, 2010.
Conferences/Unconferences Attended


  • Beta Phi Mu (Library & Information Science Honor Society)
  • American Libraries Association (ALA)
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
  • Rare Book and Manuscripts Section (RBMS)
  • Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan NY, Inc. (ART)
  • Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY)

updated June 2016