We are fortunate to bring Jessica Bailey to the AKALA project. As Assistant Curator of Visual Resources at Johns Hopkins University, Jessica oversees the daily workflow of the department’s collection and coordinates image digitization, editing, and archiving. She also provides original cataloging for a wide range of art and art-related objects, as well as reference and technical support for faculty and students. She is familiar with both of the Gallery’s digital presentation formats, ContentDM and ARTstor, as well as metadata standards and vocabularies that we’ve adopted for our other digital collection projects.
Jessica holds a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a B.A. in English from Penn State, where she worked with one of the artists in the AKALA project, Chika Okeke-Agulu. She cataloged hundreds of examples of art from Yoruba, Nok, Igbo, and other West African cultures for Dr. Okeke-Agulu’s personal teaching collection and for the Penn State Department of Art History’s digital image collection.