Isabella Elizabeth Kent León

Sweet Briar College Library
Cochran Library
PO Box 1200
Sweet Briar, VA 24595
(434) 381-6315
E-mail: lkent at sbc dot edu

Biographical Data

Place of Birth: Greensboro, North Carolina
Citizenship: United States


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

Bachelor of Arts
East Carolina University
Major: English
Minor: Writing
GPA: 3.7

Honors and Awards for Gifts of Speech Project - (



Executive Director
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-to date.

Electronic Resources Librarian
Cochran Library, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia
Develop, create, implement and maintain library's web presence, including original institutional resources, using CONTENTdm and other digital collection content maganement software products. Purchase, manage and review electronic resources. Plan classes and instruct students and faculty in information literacy. Provide reference service. August 1993-to date

LUII: Library User Interface Issues, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia
Created and maintained web site and 400+ member Internet mailing list for the discussion of vendor interface issues in the Library environment.
September 2001-September 2007.

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.


Professional Service

Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives (LACCHA) Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists Ad Hoc Steering Committee : October 2013 to date

Co-Moderator of Wikipedia Gendergap listserv : March 2013 - to date


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




DuPont PACE Grant in the amount of $6000 to develop a CONTENTdm database from Sweet Briar archives to enhance the Gifts of Speech Project for school years 2007-2009.

Verizon Foundation Technology Initiative Grant in the amount of $3000 from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges to develop and teach three seminars titled Beginning and Intermediate Courses in Web Site Construction and Design - Summer 2000

President’s Planning Committee Grant in the amount of $5500 for three years for development of the Gifts of Speech web site - Spring 1999

Three grants from the Sweet Briar College Fund for the Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities in the amounts of $1000 dated March 1, 1997; $1750 dated May 15th 1997 and $2050 dated May 15, 1998.


Continuing Education

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

Edward Tufte's Presenting Data and Information on March 28, 2008

SOLINET Metadata for Digitization and Preservation held via the internet on April 16, 2007

SOLINET Just for Copy Cats: TMQ MARC Cataloging Workshop held August 11, 2006

SOLINET Basic Serials Cataloging held on June 16, 2006

SOLINET Introduction to the Authority File held on May 4, 2006

SOLINET Basic Subject Cataloging held April 25 - 26, 2006

Association of Research Libraries Workshop - "Web Development with XML: Design and Application," held April 19 - 23, 2004

SOLINET Digital Library Program Development held June 20, 2003


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

Feminist Educators Alliance of Virginia
November 2006 - to date

American Library Association
August 1993 - to date

Virginia Library Association
August 1993 - to date


Professional Listserve Subscriptions

ALA Feminist Task Force List (FEMINIST)
ALA Library Research Roundtable (LRRT)
College Libraries Discussion List (COLLIB)
ContentDM Listserv
Digital Libraries Research and Discussion List (DIGLIB)
Electronic Resources Discussion List (ERIL-L)
EZProxy eMail List
Lexis-Nexis Academic List (LNAcademic)
Next Generation Catalogs for Libraries (NGC4LIB)
RefWorks Administrators List
Web for Libraries (WEB4LIB)