Aisha Abdul Rahman

Archivsit & Genealogist

Heritage Preservation Specialist

Email: aishaladon@gmail.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aishaladon/

VR CV: https://bit.ly/aishaladon2024cv

Phi Kappa Phi: https://link.phikappaphi.org/expert/aishaladon

EDUCATION:

SKILLS:

  • Digital Archiving and Preservation
  • Collection Management
  • Exhibit Curation (Virtual and Physical)
  • Graphic Design (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Web Design (HTML, CSS, WordPress,)
  • Social Media Management
  • Virtual Reality Content Creation
  • Instructional Design 
  • Project Management
  • Research and Information Retrieval
  • Database Management
  • Metadata Standards (Dublin Core, MARC)
  • EAD XML Finding Aid Creation

EXPERIENCE:

ARCHIVIST

Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, Sacramento, CA | August 2023-Current

 

Summary:

As an Archivist at the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, I play a pivotal role in preserving, organizing, and promoting the rich cultural heritage and history of African Americans. With a deep commitment to preserving the stories, artifacts, and documents that define our community’s legacy, I leverage my MLIS expertise and passion for heritage preservation to curate and manage the museum’s archives. My work extends beyond traditional boundaries, incorporating immersive technologies to create engaging and educational experiences for visitors and learners. I am dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of African American history and culture through innovative archival practices and immersive storytelling.

    • Develop and implement best practices for the preservation of historical documents, photographs, artifacts, and other valuable materials.
    • Develop archival digitization program, and implement processes and workflows for digitization and preservation. 
    • Ensure the proper storage, handling, and cataloging of archival items to maintain their integrity and longevity.
    • Curate and manage the museum’s archival collection, including cataloging, accessioning, and maintaining accurate records.
    • Assess and prioritize items for inclusion in the collection, considering their historical significance and educational value.
    • Conduct thorough research to provide context and historical background for archived materials and exhibits.
    • Create and maintain cataloging records, and workflows.
    • Create detailed documentation, finding aids, and metadata to facilitate access and retrieval of archival items.
    • Conduct research across various types of artifacts for descriptive metadata
    • Oversee the digitization of archival materials to enhance accessibility and preservation.
    • Maintain digital archives and online databases, ensuring they are user-friendly and up-to-date.
    • Explore and implement immersive technologies, such as AR/VR/XR, to enhance visitor experiences and educational initiatives.
    • Develop and curate virtual reality experiences that immerse visitors in African American history and culture.
    • Maintain comprehensive records of archival activities, including acquisitions, loans, and conservation efforts.
    • Prepare reports and documentation for grant applications and funding opportunities.

STUDENT INTERN

Dr. Anthony Chow, Director of SJSU iSchool San Jose, CA August 2023-December 2023

 

Summary:

As a student intern under the mentorship of Dr. Anthony Chow, Director of SJSU iSchool, I actively contribute to the VR initiative, focusing on the design and development of immersive VR spaces within Mozilla Hubs. This initiative aligns with Dr. Chow’s expertise in usability/UX and web design, technology integration, informatics and analytics, leadership and management, online learning, advocacy, and systems thinking with a focus on EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and underserved populations.

    • Collaborate with Dr. Chow and the team to create storyboards for VR experiences, ensuring alignment with educational goals.
    • Design and develop immersive VR spaces within Mozilla Hubs, integrating usability and user experience principles.
    • Document the development process and outcomes of VR initiatives, creating comprehensive case studies.
    • Prepare reports and presentations to showcase the impact and potential of VR in education.
    • Contribute to various VR projects, including “Northern Cheyenne Seeking Immortality,” “ALA Unite Against Banned Books,” and the “SJSU LTI Lab.”

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER/ DIGITAL ASSET MANAGER
RootedStorytelling, Tunisia | April 2023- December 2023

 

Summary: 

As a freelance contractor for Rooted Storytelling, I serve as the Digital Asset Manager and Instructional Designer, contributing to the development of online courses tailored for professionals in the tourism industry and travel content creators. My multifaceted role encompasses instructional design within WordPress and LearnDash, strategic planning, SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) development, training tutorials, system development, and management of email sales funnels using ConvertKit. Additionally, I oversee checkout e-commerce systems such as Thrive Cart to enhance the learning experience and drive engagement.

    • Collaborate in the design and development of online courses using WordPress and LearnDash to create engaging and effective learning experiences.
    • Develop strategic plans to align educational initiatives with organizational goals and learner outcomes.
    • Create Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), training tutorials, and guides to support course participants.
    • Manage and optimize email sales funnels using ConvertKit to enhance communication with course participants.
    • Oversee e-commerce systems, including Thrive Cart, for streamlined course enrollment and engagement.

ONBOARDING SPECIALIST & COLLECTION MANAGEMENT 

The Atrium, Sacramento.Shop Project, Sacramento, CA | Oct-Dec 2020

    • Curated artists/artwork for an online marketplace, supporting sales during COVID-19.
    • Managed contract photographers and oversaw editorial and product photography.
    • Conducted collection management and cataloging.
    • Provided onboarding and training for artists in the online marketplace.
    • Edited artists’ photography using Adobe Photoshop.
    • Managed artists’ online marketplace shops with Shopify.