Experience and Skills

Listed below is information about some of my projects, skills, and work experience.

Information Technology Competency Study Guide

August 2019 - Ongoing
Incoming master’s students in the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science have the opportunity to take a three-part online test to complete their Information Technology Competency Requirement. While the test encourages students to teach themselves the skills, use outside resources, and continue to resubmit until they pass the exam, there are few updated resources available to assist with the process. This project created an online learning module that provides students with self-guided lessons and external resources in order to help them learn the skills necessary to pass the test. The overarching goal of the project was to lower the barrier of entry for incoming master’s students to teach themselves technology skills and improve their digital literacy. See the study guide here.

Digital Humanities Collaborative of North Carolina

September 2018 - Ongoing
TDHN logo


The Digital Humanities Collaborative of North Carolina (DHC-NC) is a connected group of people interested in digital humanities and scholarship in North Carolina. The collaborative hosts a website, a listserv, hosts several Digital Humanities Collaborative Institute meetings every year, and promotes digital humanities in North Carolina. From 2018 - 2020, I have served in many capacities to support this group, including as a project manager, the Web and Co-Communication Manager, an institute cooridnator, and currently as a member of the Executive Board.

Digital Pedagogy Community of Practice

October 2018 - May 2020
UNC’s Libraries facilitate communities of practice to help create library communities discuss prominent topics and connect groups of people working on similar projects. I started the Digital Pedagogy Community of Practice with Sarah Morris at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester, and now run communications, facilitate advertising, and choose topics for the discussion. Meeting once every month, the community of practice is creates the space and materials for discussion so that the group can talk about issues surrounding teaching with and about technology. Here is a list of our previous topics:
  • Using project charters
  • Creating learning objectives for digital projects
  • Digital copyright basics
  • Campus collaborations (with the BeAM Makerspaces and Ackland Art Museum)
  • Sharing current projects
  • Exploratory learning in tool-based lessons
  • Cross training and co-consultations
  • Critiquing workshop lessons
  • Mapping digital pedagogy to the new UNC-Chapel Hill curriculum
  • Teaching reliability in digital media
  • Remote instruction
This group has been an important part of staying on the pulse of the digital pedagogy community in the Libraries, and I have learned a lot about instructing with technology from the members. It has also been a valuable way to seek out new sources of literature in our field, specifically those concerning instruction and digital tools (Hybrid Pedagogy has been a favorite).

Information Literacy Classes (ENGL 105)

September 2018 - April 2020
UNC Chapel Hill requires each first-year student to take an introductory research and writing course (ENGL 105) which often includes a library information session. At the instructor's request, librarians and library students come into classes and teach one or more sessions on library resources, research strategies, and workshop topics or keywords with students. I teach and co-teach these sessions, tailoring each lesson to fit the assignments and needs of the professor and incorporating active learning techniques. This includes attending a pedagogy discussion group that focuses on teaching skills with digital tools and structuring learning goals within the ACRL framework.

Community Workshop Series

September 2018 - Ongoing
The Community Workshop Series is a partnership between the UNC Information and Library Science school and the public libraries of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Durham. The workshop series offers classes to community members on basic computer skills. Class topics include basic computer skills, email, word, excel, health literacy, social media use, and more. I volunteered as a "floater" in these classes several times over each semester, providing assistance to the leader of the session and giving one-on-one help to students who needed it. The classes I have helped with a variety of classes, including "Email Basics" and "Microsoft Excel Basics" at the Carrboro Cybrary and the Chapel Hill Public Library.

"Artificial Eloquence: Artificial Eloquence: Computer-Based Analysis of Human and Robotic Dialogue"

August 2017 - May 2018
Screenshot of thesis presentation

Graphic describing the project's methods

"Artificial Eloquence: Artificial Eloquence: Computer-Based Analysis of Human and Robotic Dialogue" is my senior honors thesis at Ithaca College, advised by Katherine Kittredge and John Barr. The project explores the difference in dialogue between artificial intelligence characters and human characters in science fiction short stories from the 20th century. I wrote a program in Python that gathers the data about each text's characters (average word length, average sentence length, part of speech usage, common words, and more) that I use to do a literary analysis on each story. I presented my work at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, and received the "Best Humanities and Sciences Presentation" award at the Ithaca College Whalen Symposium. See the Python program and the accompanying modified text files on GitHub (clairecahoon)

"The Inexplicably Curious Case of the Murder of Dr. Isaac Carleton": A Mixed Reality Game

April - May 2018

Screenshot of the character speaking Screenshot of the in-game map

Screenshots of gameplay
Artwork by Rachael Smith

This prototype game was developed as part of Ithaca College's Human-Computer Interactions class, taught by Nate Prestopnik. The project was an Android app, coded in Android Studio, that corresponded to a set of physical clues hidden around Ithaca College's campus that fit together with the story told by the app to solve a fictional mystery. I worked with Rachael Smith and Aaron Gerrish to put together wireframes for each of the app's screens, make design choices, and craft the story. I also created the physical objects that were placed around campus.

Copyright Archives Project - Library of Congress

June - August 2017
I was a Library of Congress Junior Fellow in the summer of 2017. I worked within the U.S. Copyright Office in the Office of Public Information and Education with George Thuronyi sorting and organizing archival material for a public display. I worked through over 2000 artifacts from the Copyright archives from the late 19th and early 20th century and assessed each one for historical value and potential inclusion in a public display about the Copyright Office. At the end of the summer, I submitted my findings and the metadata for each artifact to be used for the eventual display and wrote a blog post: "Copyright Creativity, Then and Now". I also presented my work in a Junior Fellows showcase, which included several interesting board game and gaming objects that had been submitted for copyright in the early 20th century.
Throughout my time at the Library of Congress, I attended events, lectures, tours, training sessions, classes, and spoke with current librarians in order to gain as much knowledge as I could about the workings of the Library of Congress and its library staff.

Web Development

Formal Training:
Web Programming minor at Ithaca College, included advanced coursework in creation and design using HTML and CSS, as well as JavaScript, PHP, and mySQL. I have also worked in and taken several workshops in pre-set web environments, mainly WordPress. Courses include:
  • Advanced Web
  • Multimedia Programming
  • Human-Computer Interactions

Used in:


Formal Training:
Web Programming minor at Ithaca College included foundational computer science classes that taught Python and Java. I also used Python to code a tool for my undergraduate thesis project and received mentoring from various professors in order to do that. I also took a graduate level course in intermediate Python programming for information professionals, and currently help to teach the Python workshops in the Davis Library Research Hub.

Used in:
"Artificial Eloquence: Computer-Based Analysis of Human and Robotic Dialogue," my senior thesis project. See the code on gitHub here and find the project description in the "Projects" tab.

Databases (SQL)

Formal Training:
I have taken "Introduction to Database Concepts and Applications" and "Database Systems II: Intermediate Databases" at the graduate level at UNC Chapel Hill, which covers SQL database design and implementation through mySQL. I have worked with ER diagraming, relational database design, relational algebra, and normalization. I have also worked with databases on the backend of website in the course "Advanced Web" at the undergraduate level at Ithaca College, which covered using SQL through the command line and integration into PHP webpages to access stored information.

Digital Tools

Formal Training:
I have taken workshops and received individual guidance for the following common digital programs. I have proficiency in using these tools:
  • Scalar
  • Tableau
  • Omeka
  • GitHub
  • Wordpress

Project Management Tools

Formal Training:
I have used the following tools in my own management of personal, academic, and work-related projects. I have used both to work within a team and individually, managing both long and short-term projects.
  • Asana
  • Trello
  • Basecamp
  • Slack
  • Kanban
  • Familiar with Microsoft 365 and the Google Suite