Name: Kristen Byers
Title: New Media Development Specialist
Location: Monterey, CA
Tell us about your educational/professional background.
I graduated from Michigan State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Professional Writing. I worked a variety of jobs while attending MSU, most of them related to web design or online marketing. After graduation, I spent the summer in West Lafayette, Indiana, working as the Online Digital Content Intern for Purdue University.
Tell us about your current job.
I currently work as the New Media Development Specialist for the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school that offers a handful of internationally focused degrees. Since my position is brand spanking new, I’ve basically been creating my own job description and it’s been both fun and challenging. MIIS actively uses a variety of new media for recruitment and other purposes: the Institute has active presences on Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, and iTunes U, just to name a few. We also make extensive use of blogs, wikis, and Moodle, an open source learning management system.
It’s my job to make sure these web presences accurately reflect the Monterey Institute and its mission.
What does a typical day look like for you?
This really, really varies. Some days are filled with meetings, other days it’s just me sitting in my office bonding with my iMac. Most days I can be found in my office or in the Digital Media Commons. The DMC is a cool technology lab designed to help MIIS faculty, staff, and students learn more about creating and publishing their own digital media.