Here is a bit of my background. I have always found it difficult to focus my passion for one art form or another. I am also increasingly interested in all things digital / forward thinking.

Here is my most recent CV: Erin Stoner’s CV

I have extensive training in communications, information technology and graphic design. I have detailed some of my relevant coursework from my education below.

I have three bachelors. Initially, I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BA in journalism. Then, I went back to school to get my BS in IT. Yet, while I was there, I began taking graphic design courses, and found I was hooked! I ended up double majoring form NEIU, and ended up with three bachelors.

Now, I am working through my Masters in Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. I expect to graduate in May 2018.

For more details see my formal training / coursework below (most recent first):

Dominican University:

  • Introduction to Library and Information Science:  An overview of the history, philosophy, purpose, functions and processes, users, collections and evaluation of academic, public, school and special libraries and information centers; of the history and trends of books and other media, publishing and information technology; of the principles and basic elements of the collection development process; of relevant legal and ethical topics- intellectual property (copyright), access, confidentiality of records, intellectual freedom and censorship; and of current professional issues.
  • Organization of Knowledge:  An overview of principles, methods and systems in the organization of all types of library materials and information. An introduction to the basic-level use and interpretation of Resource Description & Access (RDA), subject headings (Library of Congress Subject Headings), classification (Dewey Decimal Classification & Library of Congress Classification), authority control, and Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC21).
  • Reference and Online Services:  An introduction to effective reference service in an electronic age. The course deals with the selection, evaluation and use of general reference sources in both hard copy and digital formats; nature, development, functions and management of reference and online services; reference interview; concepts, principles and problems of online bibliographic organization and control.
  • Management of Libraries and Information Centers:  Development of the basic theories and principles of management and their application in the organization and operation of libraries and information centers. Particular stress will be given to goals, policies, personnel, structure, work division, communications, leadership, budgets, systems analysis and future directions in administration.
  • Readers Advisory Services:  A course on serving adult reading needs which addresses fiction (mystery, science fiction, romance, western and more), non-fiction (self-help, biography, and history) and links among the fiction and non-fiction genres. The relationship of readers advisory services with reference and other library programs, research on adult reading, and popular reading in an information society will be examined. Students will also gain experience in adult book discussions.
  • Graphic Format Books, Comics:  Intensive course examining the evaluation and selection of books in graphic format, including graphic novels, memoirs, informational books, manga, and comics, for library patrons of all ages. Attention will be given to the history of the form and current trends in publication; honors and awards, including the Eisner Award, the Harvey Award, the Ignatz Award, and the YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens list; trends in digital distribution of comics and manga, webcomics and webmanga, and their intersection with library collections and librarian practice; and effective evaluation, including elements of text, imagery, text/image interplay, story, content, sequencing, production values, packaging, etc. Discussion of books in graphic format and their context in popular culture will inform planning of library programs, including Free Comic Book Day and “mini-con” events, and Teen Anime/Manga clubs.
  • XSLT for Information Professionals:  Designed for future cataloging, metadata, and systems librarians, this course introduces students to library metadata creation and management through eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT). The course examines XML and XSLT, with a focus on MARC-XML, in libraries, archives, and general information management environments. Students will develop a basic understanding of XML and XSLT, work with current XML schemas, and manipulate self-created metadata with their own XSLT scripts. Students will gain practical experience in creating, managing, and transforming metadata through XSLT. Topics include programming data queries, cross-walks between schemas, and conducting metadata quality control reports.
  • Libraries, Community, and Advocacy:  Students will examine library advocacy and outreach by working with a consortium of libraries and library associations. Students will build profiles of successful library programs, and build an enhanced text to prepare librarians and community members based on the Expect More text.
  • Collection Management:  An overview of collection development and management for libraries and information centers. The evaluation and selection of materials in all formats will be discussed. Particular emphasis will be given to an analysis of issues related to access of electronic content. In addition, methods for managing print, digital, and multimedia collections will be examined. Publishing trends and emerging information product formats will also be studied.
  • Knowledge Management:  Provides an awareness of current theories and foundation of knowledge management with an emphasis on profit and not-for-profit organizations. Discusses knowledge assets and their value to organizations in terms of products, processes, market and services. Examines analytical tools and techniques for knowledge acquisition, assessment, evaluation, management and organization, and dissemination. Provides an analysis of commercially available documents, databases and applications packages, reviews best practices and experiences and addresses the design and execution of knowledge management projects.
  • Advanced Web Design:  This course is an advanced seminar in Web design which will build on students basic Web design knowledge. The course will include deep examination of issues such as information architecture, accessibility and usability, professional interface design, and overall editorial management. In addition, students will gain a deeper understanding of emerging Web design trends and technologies such as content management systems. More specifically, during this course, students will conduct an extensive team project using the CMS, Drupal.

Coming (in Spring):

  • Assessment of Programs, Services, and Organizational Practices:  An introduction to methods and approaches for demonstrating the value of library and information services, programs, and resources to the users and constituent groups served by the organization. Emphasis will be on planning and managing assessment projects. Students will become familiar with tools and sources for documenting and communicating an organization’s assessment data and findings.
  • Leadership and Strategic Communication:  Theory, research and practice of interpersonal and group communications for collaborative leadership roles: facilitator, coach, catalyst and leader. Includes using a variety of media for information transfer among groups; communicating a leadership stance, creating and enrolling others in your vision (advocacy), developing organization support for your vision (systems literacy) and building skills in interpersonal communications, groups dynamics, negotiations, conflict resolution and asserting influence.


Northeastern Illinois University (2011-2013):

Graphic Design:

  • Intro to Graphic Design:  Introduction to techniques and concepts of visual communications/commercial art; historical and contemporary social aspects; typography, layout, display, image-making; lectures, seminars, and workshop.
  • Keyline/Paste-up (Typography):  The second course in the graphic design sequence takes a deeper look at design and use of letter forms. Lectures and assignments focus on examining major type families and their characteristics, creating typographic contrast and hierarchy of information, history of type design and typographic grids. Students build skills for the art of typesetting and typographic layout, conceptual thinking and expressive typography. Basic course in the techniques needed for the production of camera-ready materials ranging from two-dimensional designs to packaging.  Note: At the time when I went to NEIU, this course also doubled up with Typography. It functioned as the second graphic design course. Now Typography is it’s own course.
  • Multimedia Design:  This is a multi-disciplinary course that explores the uses of multimedia applications. Students will be exposed to conceptual and practical components of multimedia authoring and develop interactive materials using authoring, image, sound and video editing software.
  • Studio in Graphic Design:  Principles involved in the thought process, creation and production of a design project. Lecture and discussion. (During this course I created two full length, self bound artist books.)
  • Professional Practices (3 courses):  Professional Practices is three-part series of one-credit courses that are to be taken in sequence. This course will introduce students to general business practices that are prevalent in the graphic design field. Topics to be covered are professional portfolio presentation skills, freelance business skills, marketing strategies, joining professional organizations, online portfolio development, writing job application materials and understanding the Chicago job market. This course is required for all graphic design majors and fulfills the university writing intensive requirement within the major.
  • Special Topics in Graphic Design (Letterpress):  Introduction to letterpress printing techniques including discussion of typographic rules using wood and metal type and image making using contemporary photopolymer plate making techniques. Note: Letterpress is now its own course. My cohort were the first ones to get to do a class on letterpress at NEIU.
  • Web Design:  Studio course emphasizing the techniques, processes, and tools required to create interactive web sites using current authoring technologies. Students will be introduced to contemporary authoring and management tools.

Information Technology:

  • Programming I:  This course serves as an introduction to principles of computer programming. It covers fundamental concepts including input/output, data types, arithmetic, relational, and logical operators, branching, looping, methods, and arrays. Programming projects involving these concepts will be assigned for interactive applications, numeric computations, and analysis of data.
  • Programming II:  This course provides an in-depth study of the principles of object oriented programming, including Classes, Objects, Methods, Arrays, Inheritance, and Polymorphism. Within this framework, the course will cover Sorting and Searching Arrays, Two-Dimensional Arrays, Exception Handling, and File Input/Output. Emphasis is given to the design of algorithms and program development, involving both numeric computations and string manipulation techniques.
  • Computer Organization:  Representation of data, machine arithmetic, processor and memory organizations, instruction execution, assembly and machine languages, addressing mechanisms, and implementation of high level language constructs. Students will gain a vision of levels of abstraction in hardware and software, the nature of the Von Neumann machine and the nature of high level languages.
  • Discrete Structures:  Introduction to the fundamental number theoretic, logical, algorithmic, combinatoric, and computational concepts from discrete structures and their applications to computer science. This course involves no programming.
  • Data Structures:  This course provides experience implementing and manipulating basic data structures, as well as analyzing their applications in Computer Science. Topics covered will include: Stacks, Queues, Linked Lists, Binary Tree Structures, Heaps, Graphs, and Sorting Algorithms.
  • Client Side Web Development:  The course discusses web site design issues and the requirements of e-commerce. Furthermore, it covers the creation of web pages. Hands-on development and group projects are an essential part of this course.
  • Server Side Web Development:  This course is an introduction to techniques and tools for designing server side web applications. Topics covered include web application flow, object oriented programming, design of classes, dynamic content, scripting languages, implicit objects and database accessing. Students will be expected to apply these concepts in the development of a website.
  • Software Engineering:  This course serves as an introduction to the life cycle of the software development process. Topics covered include each phase of the cycle, and techniques and paradigms that result in the successful realization of each stage. Students will be expected to apply these concepts in a large-scale project.
  • Operating Systems:  A general overview of the ideas underlying operating systems. Included are traditional topics such as file systems, CPU scheduling, memory management and device scheduling, along with the topics of more current interest such as deadlock handling, process synchronization and distributed systems. No single operating system is studied; examples are drawn from many sources.
  • Modern Database Management:  Theoretical foundations and state-of-the-art data base management systems. The relational, hierarchical and network approaches to data base management systems and representative systems are described. User interfaces are emphasized.
  • IT Project Management:  An Information System is a well-coordinated collection of technological and human resources that gathers and transforms data into information that enables decision making and process improvement within organizations. Information Technology Project Management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities in order to meet project requirements. This course serves as an introduction to these concepts. Students will be expected to apply these tools and techniques in a group based project.
  • Computer Networks:  This course covers concepts in data communications, emphasizing protocols. An overview of all protocol layers will be covered, with emphasis on OSI and TCP/IP.
  • Introduction to Design of Algorithms:  Methods for analyzing algorithms are discussed including an introduction to asymptotic notation. Several approaches to designing algorithms are covered using theory, examples and problems. Those approaches include divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming, the greedy approach backtracking and branch-and-bound. Different approaches are applied to the same problem to illuminate the relative advantages.
  • Mobile App Development:  This course covers programming applications for mobile platforms. Students will learn about mobile application environments and platforms and how to design and develop applications to account for the limited screen size, memory, and access to the internet. Students will incorporate graphics, networking, security, media to create new, real world, practical applications. Development, design, implementation, testing, debugging, and maintaining these applications will also be covered. Students will use a variety of programming languages to create these applications.

Northern Illinois University (2005-2010):

I began as an Art Major (Photography), then switched my major to Journalism.


  • Drawing I:  Introduction to drawing. Emphasis on object representation through descriptive and expressive means. Control of line, value, and spatial illusion with variety of media.
  • Drawing II:  Further exploration of basic drawing media. Development of skill in representation and interpretation of subjects.
  • 2D Foundations:  Comprehensive study of design elements and principles through the study of two-dimensional space. Emphasis on inventiveness in the use of various media. Studio and lecture.
  • 3D Foundations:  Intensive study of form and structure in three-dimensional space. Studio and lecture.
  • Painting I:  Development of the student’s ability in painting with emphasis on ideas and materials.
  • Manual Photography:  Designed to provide basic skills in technical processes of photography for the art student and to equip the student to use photography as an art medium.
  • Life Drawing:  Study of the human figure through exercises in contour, modeling, and gesture drawing in a variety of media.
  • Art History Survey III:  Art and architecture from the 18th century to the present.
  • Art History Survey I:  Art and architecture from prehistoric times to ca. 1400.
  • Art History: American Art:  Art and architecture in America from ca. 1670 to the present.

Journalism / Communications:

  • Critical Interpretation of film:  Influences of aesthetics, genre, mode of production, visual grammar, and individual artistic vision on the rhetorical interpretation of film. Selected masterpieces viewed and analyzed.
  • Press Photography (digital):  Basic principles of photojournalism. Introduction to the fundamentals of digital camera operation, photo composition, photo editing in Photoshop, and color printing. Introduction to the ethical visual representation of documentary photographs, as well as to ethical photo editing practices required in professional photography. Students are supplied with professional equipment. No previous experience required.
  • Advanced Photojournalism:  Advanced techniques of digital photography. This course builds on the skills taught in JOUR 315 (Digital camera operation, photo composition, photo editing in Photoshop, and color printing.) Students are introduced to specialized color photography under different conditions, such as night photography, snow photography, and close-up photography, Students write illustrated papers on well-known photographers. Students are supplied with professional equipment.
  • Principles of Public Relations:  Introduction to the fundamental principles and techniques of public relations, communication theories, and principles of human motivation and persuasion.
  • Graphics of Communications:  Introduction to typography and page design. Design of logos, columns, newsletters, flyers, magazines, posters, newspaper packages, and ads. Review of the history of various design practices with emphasis on accurate and ethical presentation of graphics and illustrations.
  • Media Management:  Management of mass communications organizations, with emphasis on general administration, advertising, promotion, production, research, and planning.
  • Studio Production:  Examination and application of principles of studio production, including articulation of visual and audio media, as well as an introduction to digital editing.
  • Field Production:  Examination of basic theories and principles of video production in the field beginning with an understanding of visual aesthetics and image analysis. Application exercises include still photography, digital image manipulation, video production, and digital editing.
  • Interactive Media Production:  Technologies and techniques of interactive and multimedia production. Critical readings of interactive media in both CD-ROM and web-page formats and practice in the production process, designing, writing, and producing interactive programs. Emphasis on content design for a variety of applications (i.e. entertainment, education, corporate communication) and platforms (Web page, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM).
  • Article Writing:  Practice in planning and writing features for newspaper and for other general, class and trade publications. Feature story markets.
  • News Editing:  Advanced practice in editing and headline construction for print media, and in newspaper and newsletter page design.
  • Media Writing:  Writing for visual and aural presentation in the broadcast media with emphasis on program continuity, commercials, public service, and promotional campaigns.
  • Writing Creative Nonfiction:  Writing informal and formal nonfiction essays, emphasizing a literary approach to language and flexibility of form. Essay models include memoir, personal essay, nature essay, segmented essay, and travel essay, and may include biography and history.
  • Journalism Law Regulations:  Law and regulation affecting the concept of freedom of the press, access to information, free press–fair trial, libel, privacy, copyright, access to the media, and legal concepts and restrictions related to the press, publishing, electronic media, photojournalism, and public relations.