Peter B. Frisman

Professional librarian and archivist with three years' experience in public libraries, two years' experience in archives, and a background in filmmaking and film theory.

Master of Library and Information Science, Simmons College

Bachelor of Arts in Communication, University of Massachusetts

Associate of Liberal Arts, Berkshire Community College

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  • Excellent organization skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Project planning
  • Strong writing skills
  • Instructing and supervising young adults

Library and Information Science Skills

  • Archives management
  • Circulation
  • Collections maintenance
  • DACS
  • Dewey Decimal Classification
  • EAD
  • Library of Congress Classification
  • Library database input
  • Library materials processing

Artistic Skills

  • Acting
  • Actor direction
  • Analytic writing
  • Camerawork
  • Constructive criticism
  • Narrative storytelling
  • Screenwriting
  • Text editing

Computing Skills

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • ArchivesSpace
  • CSS
  • Digital video compression
  • Evergreen ILS
  • Final Cut Pro
  • FileMaker Pro
  • General website design
  • HTML
  • Logging and capturing
  • Macintosh OS X
  • Microsoft Office
  • Sierra ILS
  • XML



Jul 2018 — Mar 2020: The Donohue Group, Inc., Windsor, CT.

Project Cataloger. Edited databases of Yale University's library system for items to be placed in storage.
  • Edited MARC records
  • Affixed bar codes
  • Searched OCLC database for MARC records
  • Checked items for damage

Sep 2017 — Jun 2018: The Donohue Group, Inc., Windsor, CT.

Library Assistant. Edited library databases of Yale University's Film Study Center in accordance with updates to its cataloging system.
  • Edited MARC records
  • Affixed bar codes
  • Searched OCLC database for MARC records

Jan 2015 — Nov 2017: Aurora Research & Evaluation, Glastonbury, CT.

Research Librarian. Provided research support on independent research and evaluation projects concerning education, health, and human services.
  • Literature searches
  • Data tabulation and quality assurance
  • Edited reports

Nov 2014 — Jun 2017: Freelance Writing Tutor.

Provided tutoring services for disciplines and assignments involving writing.
  • Advised on grammar, effective means of persuasion, essay structure, writing smooth and fluid prose, etc.
  • Tutored middle and high school students

Mar — Jul 2008: FOX 61 WTIC-TV, Hartford, CT.

Operated camera for nightly newscast.
  • Set up microphones for anchor desk
  • Other miscellaneous duties

2007: New York Pro Tech Expo, Brooklyn, NY.

Production assistant.
  • Set up booths, staffed registration table, set up tables and chairs, etc.

2003 — 2008: Freelance videographer.

Weddings, training events, etc.
  • All camera work
  • All editing
  • Transfer to DVD

2000 — 2002: Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Glastonbury, CT.

Page for children's department.
  • Processed books for disposal
  • Helped children with activities
  • Assisted patrons
  • Read to children


Nov 2016 — Feb 2017: Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Glastonbury, CT.

Intern for children's department.
  • Helped conduct reference interviews and reader's advisory for young patrons, parents/guardians, teachers
  • Assisted in creating seasonal book displays
  • Supervised children during special programs
  • Determined items to be discarded
  • Mended items
  • Assisted in development of children's programming

Mar — Jul 2013: Wellesley College, MA.

Collaborated in the development of the intranet of the Wellesley College Archives via ArchivesSpace.
  • Wrote online request forms
  • Created automated scripts via Google Forms

Jun 2010: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT.

Helped publicize films to be screened in theater.
  • Researched upcoming films
  • Located synopses, blurbs, positive reviews, and publicity stills
  • Wrote own synopsis of plots
  • Designed flyers containing above elements for the purpose of distribution and promotion of screening

Oct — Dec 2009: American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA.

Designed and co-wrote online exhibitions of photographs and other visual materials related to businesses run by Jewish families.
  • Selected suitable materials from archival collections
  • Digitally enhanced images as necessary
  • Wrote code for exhibit in valid XHTML
  • Designed exhibit in valid CSS
  • Researched and wrote descriptions of materials in own words

Mar — May 2009: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Boston.

Analyzed information on land plans.
  • Entered and indexed data into electronic database
  • Re-foldered used materials

2007 — 2008: Production Internships.

Conducted miscellaneous duties for films and television pilots.
  • Six Bullets From Now
  • New Amsterdam
  • Evolution of Dad
  • New Music Showcase
  • Stonestreet Studios
  • Blood Kisses

2003 — 2004: Community Television for the Southern Berkshires, Lee, MA.

  • Operated camera equipment
  • Assisted in non-linear editing
  • Created slideshow presentations for airing


Oct — Dec 2014: Brookline Public Library, MA.

Teen room volunteer.
  • Maintained orderliness of teen room
  • Assisted patrons

Mar 2013: Boston Public Library, Charlestown Branch, MA.

Helped organize book giveaway program for children.
  • Organized books to be distributed for display
  • Supervised children and guardians during event
  • Helped children and guardians select books
  • Placed remaining books in storage

Sep 2012 — Feb 2013: Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School Library, MA.

  • Checked books in and out via library's circulation software
  • Processed books for withdrawal
  • Edited classification of books in library's circulation software

May — Sep 2012: Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, MA.

Devised and implemented simple and efficient classification system for small children's library.
  • Organized and sorted books
  • Checked for books in need of disposal
  • Instructed other volunteers on labeling books

Oct — Nov 2010: Rotch Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

Edited metadata on maps of architectural library on database.
  • Researched background of library assets to determine value

Aug — Sep 2010: Connecticut State Library, Hartford.

Organized collection of historical photographs.
  • Researched persons and settings present in photographs
  • Created written descriptions of items in own words
  • Recorded metadata of the photographs
  • Entered all created data into spreadsheet for finding aid

2001 — 2002: Glastonbury Youth Service Bureau, Glastonbury, CT.

Took part in student-run television program.
  • Operated camera
  • Recipient: Distinguished Service Award, by Friends of Glastonbury Youth


Degree Programs

2008 — 2010: Simmons College, Boston, MA. Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Concentration in Archives; earned MLIS with a GPA of 3.583. Completed classes in:
  • Moving Image Collections in Libraries and Archives
  • Archiving and Preserving Digital Media
  • Managing Records in Electronic Environments
  • Photographic Archives

2005 — 2006: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Earned Bachelor of Arts in Communications, under Film Certificate program.
  • Focused on classwork in filmmaking and film criticism
  • Wrote 3 short videos; edited, photographed, and directed 2
  • Directed 2 live television programs

2002 — 2004: Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA.

Earned Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts.

1998 — 2002: Glastonbury High School, CT.

  • Coursework included two classes in videography
  • Completed 12 short videos (6 solo)

Other Education

2006, 2007: International Film & Television Workshops, Rockport, ME.

Completed one-week intensive workshops in:
  • Digital Post-Production — training in Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects
  • Motion Graphics
  • Adobe Photoshop

2007: Manchester Community College, CT.

Coursework in:
  • Website design
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Flash

Published Works


The Simmons Voice

  • Film reviews
  • Other entertainment

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

  • Film Reviews


American Jewish Historical Society, Boston

  • Three Jewish-owned Businesses of 20th century Greater Boston