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Beth Behrendt

Curriculum Vitae

Freelance Writer 2011- Current

Research, conduct interviews and write for:

  • editors, ad agencies, businesses and organizations
  • magazines, newspapers, newsletters, web and video
  • local, regional and national markets

Particularly experienced in covering family life, personal finance, travel, food, health, environment, interior design, history, and historic architecture.

Archivist 2007-2009
Institute of Museum and Library Services Project at Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Washington, DC(/span>

Organized and cataloged archival materials (dating back to 1920s) to facilitate use by students and other researchers.

  • Instructed students on working with archival materials
  • Wrote funding reports to IMLS
  • Worked with architects on the design of a new work and storage space for the materials
  • Networked with school librarians across the country to learn best practices for school archives
  • Promoted the project to the DC Public Schools Administration, community organizations, and local press
  • Profiled in The Washington Post  “A School’s Unintentional Time Capsule Offers Students a Glimpse of the Past” Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Library Director  1995-2005
World Resources Institute, Washington, DC

WRI is an international nonprofit research organization promoting sustainable development. As Library Director:

  • Oversaw and trained staff research librarians and support staff
  • Managed budget, collection development, and the design of and move to a new library facility
  • Researched all aspects of environment, business, and sustainable development (Dialog, Lexis-Nexis, internet, and traditional sources)
  • Compiled donor profiles for WRI’s Development Office (DonorPerfect, Lexis-Nexis, internet and traditional sources)
  • Marketed library services internally to research staff and externally to academic and international organizations worldwide
  • Provided training and research services at WRI partner organizations in Budapest, Hungary and Nairobi, Kenya
  • Represented WRI Publications at the Frankfurt, Germany International Book Fair
Librarian | Head Librarian  1992-1995
Infoterra (UNEP) / USEPA (contractor). Washington, DC

INFOTERRA was a program of the United Nations Environment Programme to facilitating the exchange of environmental information between governments, organizations, and researchers. 20+ INFOTERRA offices existed worldwide. The US office was based at the USEPA Headquarters Library. As librarian and then Library Director:

  • Researched and answered requests for information about US environmental laws from individuals and government officials from around the world
  • Provided tours for international visitors to the USEPA
  • Marketed INFOTERRA’S research services to EPA staff working on international issues
  • Managed INFOTERRA’s budget, collection development, and a staff of research librarians and support staff

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MSLS, Library Science

Miami University (Oxford, OH)

BA, History/French

Volunteer 2004 – current

DC Public Schools, Washington, DC and Canterbury School (Fort Wayne, IN), 2004-current

  • fundraising, reporting, coordinating, and chairing committees
Home renovator, 1996-current
  • 1949 Midcentury Modern ranch in historic Wildwood Park, Fort Wayne, IN
    • the house was one of the featured homes on the ARCH 2012 Historic Home and Garden Tour and was profiled in The Journal Gazette “Midcentury Style Impresses” June 3, 2012
  • 1908 Edwardian row house in Historic District of Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
Chair / Member Special Libraries Association (SLA) and DCSLA 1992 – 2005
  • Chaired the DCSLA Environment and Resource Management Division for 4 years
  • Presented and/or organized roundtables on environmental and international information at various national conventions


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