Kelcy Shepherd

Kelcy Shepherd is the Head of Digital Programs at Amherst College. She holds a masters degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, and a BA in Art & Design with a second major in Anthropology from Iowa State University.

Prior to her current position, Kelcy was the Digital Interfaces Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She worked as an analyst and Five College liaison for the Archivists’ Toolkit™ project, an effort to develop an open source software application for managing archival information, and led a collaborative MARC and EAD retrospective conversion project for the Five Colleges, improving access to over 1,000 archival collections by making their finding aids and catalog records available online. Kelcy started her professional career at the Environmental Design Archives at the University of California, Berkeley, working on a project to arrange, describe, and improve access to architectural collections.

Kelcy has published and made presentations relating to shareable metadata for archivists, the Archivists’ Toolkit™, EAD and MARC, usability of archival finding aids, and metadata standards for architectural records. With Waverly Lowell, she co-authored Standard Series of Architecture and Landscape Design Records: A Tool for Arrangement and Descriptions of Archival Collections, winner of the 2001 C.F.W. Coker Award of the Society of American Archivists.

An active member of the Society of American Archivists, Kelcy has served as chair of SAA’s Description Section and member of the Technical Subcomittee for Encoded Archival Description (TS-EAD) and the Technical Subcommittee on Descriptive Standards. She has been an SAA workshop instructor since 2006, and teaches XML and metadata courses for Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.