Mac Stewart

Library & Technology Services
B.A., State University of New York at Oswego

MacKenzie "Mac" Stewart
Instructional Technologist

I am currently an Instructional Technologist in the Research & Instructional Services group of LTS. My main responsibilities are assisting faculty and students with the use of technology for teaching and learning, and providing assistance with systems such as the content management system and the learning management system. My professional passions include information architecture, web & database design, and developing taxonomy for digital collections.

I began working in libraries in college as a student worker in 1982. I earned my BA in Russian and Spanish from SUNY Oswego in 1985. Besides working in my college library for 3 full years, I have worked in bookstores, clothing stores, as an editor, a grant writer, and even a nightclub DJ. I studied for my MA in Slavic Languages & Literatures at SUNY Albany for a year, and also taught English Composition I as a graduate assistantship.

In 1986, I began working at the New York State Library as a rare books cataloger & subject specialist for an NEH grant-funded multi-institution project. After that project funding ended, I worked at Albany Medical Center as the Neurosurgery laboratory manager for 3 years, also preparing NIH research grants. After 10 years in Albany, I moved for a job at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, as a cataloger, and stayed there for 3 years.

I began working at Wellesley College in July 1997, first as an Acquisition & Cataloging Assistant, then as Digital Library Specialist for 10 years supporting the college website and developing digital collections such as the pre-1600 manuscripts database, the autograph letter collection, the Edward McDowell piano music, and Boston-related maps and illustrated books. I was a member of the BLC Digitization Task Force for 2 years, and have delivered digital library & digitization workshops in many venues. From 1999 to 2011, I also worked on weekends as a librarian at the New England College of Optometry in Boston. 

I have lived in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, except for my several escapes to Europe over the years. Currently, I live a block from Boston Harbor in East Boston and take the commuter rail or the Exchange bus to Wellesley every day. I have 3 cats who take care of things while I'm gone. I also have a vast music collection, including 150,000 digital files, about 8000 cds, records and tapes which I use heavily for internet radio shows.