Isabella Elizabeth Kent León



Master of Library Science
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Specialization: Library Science

Bachelor of Arts
East Carolina University
Major: English
Minor: Writing


Research Services and Instruction Librarian: Head of Digital Initiatives and Outreach
Cochran Library, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia
Purchase, manage and review electronic resources. Maintain access to these resources including management of EZ Proxy. Develop, create, implement and maintain library's web presence, including original institutional resources, using LibGuides and CSS / HTML. Plan classes and instruct students and faculty in information literacy. Provide reference services. Serve as personal librarian to majors in specific departments. Oversee and digitize college archives. August 1993-to date

Gifts of Speech, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia
Write grants to obtain funding for support of the web site. (Four successful grants written as of Summer 2000.) Research and compile lists of contacts with mailing addresses. Write letters to obtain permission to post speeches to the Internet. Write and publish monthly electronic newsletter.
September 1996-December 2010.

Honors and Awards for Gifts of Speech Project - (
  • Isabella E. Kent selected as a biographee in Marquis Who's Who of American Women for 2008 - to date
  • Selected the Voice of America Our World Web Site of the Week for March 17, 2006
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Education Site of the Week -- selected June 2, 1999
  • Permission from the Nobel Foundation to post all of the Nobel Lectures by female laureates to Gifts of Speech -- October 29, 1998
  • Scout Report for the Social Sciences -- selected July 30, 1998
  • USA Today Hotsite -- selected February 11, 1998
  • Executive Speaker Newsletter's Top Ten Sites for Speechwriters and Speakers for 1997 -- selected January 11, 1998
  • Yahoo! Picks of the Year -- awarded December 29, 1997

Instructor for Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
Instructor, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia
Developed and taught one three-credit class (WMGS 101) to ten students. Taught basic feminist thought, and provided an overview of international and American women’s history. Hosted two guest speakers. Taught writing skills. Developed and graded eight pop-quizzes. Assigned, evaluated and graded two essays and an interview project. Fall 2004.

Instructor for First Year Seminar
Instructor, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia
Co-developed and team-taught one three-credit First Year Seminar class to freshman students. Taught writing skills. Assigned, evaluated and graded papers on the topic Southern and Appalachian Foodways. Fall 2000.

Instructor for Summer Programs
Summer Web Classes, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia
Developed and taught four non-credit classes to inaugurate Sweet Briar College's Venture Programming Continuing Education initiative. The classes were called: Fast, Effective Web Searches, Introduction: Writing a Web Page For You, Beginner: Success in Web Building Basics, and Intermediate: Contemporary Web Site Construction & Design. Summer 2000.

Serials/Circulation Librarian
McEwen Library, Elon College, Elon College, North Carolina
Created and maintained public and subject serials catalogs and serials databases. Maintained vendor relations and supervised binding and preservation of materials. Responsible for circulation and reference services. January 1988-August 1993.

Retrospective Conversion Assistant
Jackson Library, UNC-G, Greensboro, North Carolina
Retrospective conversion of monographs and monographs in series on OCLC for creation of JACLIN on-line catalog. Original AACRII cataloging and new book cataloging. Problem solving in barcoding project. October 1985-December 1987.


Conferences – Workshops – Presentations

THATCamp Prime - Washington, DC : June 7 - 8, 2013

THATCamp Piedmont - Charlotte, NC : March 22 - 23, 2013

THATCamp Feminisms East - New York, NY : March 16, 2013

National Women's Studies Association annual conference - Atlanta, Georgia : November 12-15, 2009.

VIVA Learning Objects Portal Planning Summit - University of Virginia June 8, 2007 with John Ulmschneider, the University Librarian for Virginia Commonwealth University. This technology planning session for VIVA libraries across Virginia was attended by invitation only.


Foreign Language



Continuing Education

Modern Archives Institute, at National Archives & Records Administration, June 2 - 13, 2014

Introduction to Archives for Special Collections Librarians, Rare Book School at Yale University, June 17 - 21, 2013

NEDCC Identification and Care of Photographs; Digitizing Vintage Photographs & and Negatives; & Metadata for Digital Photographic Collections, April 24 - 26, 2012


Desktop / Network Software, ILS products and Content Management Systems

Microsoft Office


Organizational Memberships

Society of American Archivists
April 2013 - to date

Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York
April 2013 - to date

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
April 2007 - to date

American Library Association
August 1993 - to date