Who are the Purpleshirts?

Staff members of the IT Lab (also known as Purpleshirts) are MSIS candidates in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. They also make up the TA Pool, which currently supports our undergraduate and graduate classes. Staff/Pool members report to the IT Lab coordinator,  Quinn Stewart. The bios and classes taken by the current Purpleshirts are listed below - if you have questions about the courses or course materials, try asking a Purpleshirt who has taken the class before. The table at the bottom of this page can help with this.

IT Lab Coordinator

Quinn Stewart

Quinn Stewart

Instructional Technology Coordinator

Quinn Stewart studied Government and Psychology at the University of Texas toward the end of the previous century, and completed his MLIS here as well. While a TA in the IT Lab, he co-developed the web-based version of "Information in Cyberspace", now the longest running web-based course at UT. His interests include instructional design and online pedagogy, digitization for access and preservation, rich media and video search, telecommunication and IT policy, and the use of technology to enhance learning.

Specializations: Quinn can help you with Canvas, digitization, video and audio editing and web distribution, Capstone projects, mass digitization, obsolete formats, and anything to do with auto mechanics, plumbing, space utilization and planning, electrical, HVAC, carpentry, metal fabrication and welding, silviculture, demolition, and gardening.

Completed courses:

  • INF392L: Introduction to Audio Preservation (Cunningham)
  • Courses from the 1990's

IT Lab Staff/TA Pool- Spring 2018

Gabriel Bailey

Gabriel Bailey

May 2019

Gabriel Bailey studied Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. His areas of interests include data analysis, artificial intelligence, user experience design, and human-computer interaction.

Completed courses:

  • INF380C: Information in Social and Cultural Context (Westbrook)
  • INF328E: Materials for Children (Jansen)
  • RTF393N: Technology and Culture (Strover)

Samantha Cook

Samantha Cook

May 2018

Samantha Cook studied History at The University of Wyoming. She has come to the University of Texas to study archival administration. Her interests include archives, archival reference, social media, and people with disabilities. I can help you with video editing (Camtasia), camera setup, video editing, and archival help.

Completed courses:

  • INF397C: Understanding Research (Gwizdka)
  • INF380E: Perspectives on Information (Fleischmann)
  • INF380C: Information in Social and Cultural Context (Westbrook)
  • INF385M: Database Management (Gunn)
  • INF389J: Appraisal and Selection of Records (Galloway)
  • INF389S: Introduction to Archival Enterprise II (Trace)
  • INF389R: Archival Enterprise I (Trace)
  • INF392L: Introduction to Audio Preservation (Cunningham)
  • INF385T: Literacy and Memory Technologies (Acker)

Raj Kamat

Raj Kamat

December 2018

Raj Kamat studied English and Library & Information Science. Her interests include libraries and archives. Raj can help you with video editing (Camtasia), camera setup, PHP, proofreading and English language help.

Completed courses:

  • INF380E: Perspectives on Information (Lease)
  • INF397C: Understanding Research (Gwizdka) 
  • INF389J: Appraisal and Selection of Records (Galloway)
  • INF385M: Database Management (Gunn)
  • INF385T: Presenting Information (D. Bailey)
  • INLS501: Information Resources and Services (at University of North Carolina through the WISE Consortium)
  • INF328E: Materials for Children (Jansen)

Alan Garcia

Alan Garcia

December 2019

 

Alan studied Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His interests include using archives for social justice, bi-lingual library instruction, museum studies, and the button accordian.

Completed courses:

  • INF 392K: Digital Archiving and Preservation
  • INF 380C: Information in Social and Cultural Context
  • INF 380E: Perspectives in Information

Kate Golden

Kate Golden

May 2018

Kate Golden studied Psychology and Behavioral Forensics at the University of Central Florida. Her areas of interest include human computer interaction, information security, user experience research, and personal and cultural influences on technology use. Kate can help you with the eye-tracker in the IX Lab, Qualtrics, Excel, most aspects of the research processes, video editing (Camtasia), Audacity, GarageBand, Sketch, InVision

Completed courses:

  • INF380C: Information in Social and Cultural Context (Westbrook)
  • INF380E Perspectives on Information (Fleischmann)
  • INF397C Understanding Research (Karadkar)
  • INF385T Trust and Transparency in the Information Society (Felischmann)
  • INF385T Information Security (Hayden)
  • INF385T Fundamental Human Machine Interaction (Nordquist)
  • INF385P Usability (Nordquist)
  • INF385T Information Science in the Intelligence Community (Hayden)
  • INF385C Human-Computer Interaction (Gwizdka)
  • INF385T Presenting Information (Bailey)

Andrea Gutiérrez (May 2019) studied English Literature, Creative and Nonfiction Writing at Mount Holyoke College. Her interests include instructional design, educational content creation, usability, library instruction, diversity and inclusion, and accessibility. Andrea can help you with editing and workshopping papers, video editing (Camtasia), finding sources for research, distance learning, filming and photography.

Completed courses:

  • INF380C: Information in Social and Cultural Context (Acker)
  • INF380E: Perspectives on Information (Wickett)
  • INF382D: Introduction to Information Resources and Services (Roy)

Rodrigo Leal

Rodrigo Leal

May 2019

Rodrigo Leal studied Radio-Televison-Film at The University of Texas' Moody College of Communication. His interests include audiovisual archiving, immersive technology in cultural institutions, and he wants to get more into instructional design. Rodrigo can help you with: video pre-production, production & post-production, visual effects, audio recording and editing, podcasting, XML. Software: Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut, Avid, Audacity, Garageband, oXygen.

Completed courses:

  • INF380E: Perspectives on Information (Wickett)
  • INF389R: Archival Enterprise I (Trace)
  • INF397C: Understanding Research (Karadkar)

Molly McGee

Molly McGee

May 2018

Molly McGee studied English, Technical Writing, and Communication at Texas A&M University. Her interests include digital asset management, instructional design and educational content creation, usability in educational and cultural institution environments, and information architecture (portfolio). Molly can help you with English language and proofreading, video editing (Camtasia), database management, PHP, MySQL, HTML/CSS, oXygen/XML, audio digitization

Completed courses:

  • INF380C: Information in Social and Cultural Context (Westbrook)
  • INF380E: Perspectives on Information (Lease)
  • INF397C: Understanding Research (Gwizdka) 
  • INF388E: Historical Museums, Context and Practice (Galloway)
  • INF392L: Introduction to Audio Preservation (Cunningham)
  • INF389J: Appraisal and Selection of Records (Galloway)
  • INF389R: Archival Enterprise 1 (Trace)
  • INF380T: Intelligence Gathering (Hayden)
  • INF385M: Database Management (Gunn)

Kate Pauquette

Kate Pauquette

May 2018

Kate Pauquette studied English at Florida Gulf Coast University. Her interests include public libraries with a focus on adult services and programs, and instructional design.

Completed courses:

  • INF380C: Information in Social and Cultural Context (Westbrook)
  • INF380E: Perspectives on Information (Fleischmann)
  • INF388E: Historical Museums, Context and Practice (Galloway)
  • INF397C: Understanding Research (Gwizdka) 
  • INF392F: Risk Assessment and Collections management (Pavelka)
  • INF387: Managing Information Organizations (D. Bailey)
  • INLS 501: Information Resources and Services (at University of North Carolina through the WISE Consortium)
  • INF328E: Materials for Children (Jansen)
  • INF385T: Literacy and Memory Technologies (Acker)
  • IST 564: Services to Students with Disabilities (at Syracuse University through the WISE Consortium)

Megan Pearson

Megan Pearson

May 2019

Megan Pearson (May 2019) studied Psychology and Political Science at Santa Clara University. Her areas of interest include data analysis, information security, artificial intelligence, and user experience design.

Completed courses:

  • INF385T: Information Science in the Intelligence Community (Hayden)
  • INF385T: Data Wrangling: Exel, SQL, and Beyond (Howison)
  • INF385C: Human-Computer Interaction (Gwizdka)

Audrey Sirgo

Audrey Sirgo

May 2019

Audrey Sirgo (May 2019) studied Elementary Education at The University of Texas' College of Education. She has returned to UT to pursue a School Librarian Certificate. Her interests include curriculum instruction and design, school libraries and children's services.

Completed courses:

  • INF397C: Understanding Research (Gwizdka)
  • INF388E: Historical Museums, Context and Practice (Galloway)
  • INF392E: Materials in Libraries, Archives and Musuems (Pavelka)

 

TA Pool Course Coverage Spring 2018

Listed below are courses taken by members of the current TA Pool, and hours when someone should be able to help with coursework. If you are making a special trip to campus, or need to confirm someone will be available to help with a specific need, we recommend you email us at ta_help@ischool.utexas.edu

Please note that the TA Pool consists of your fellow classmates, who have taken these classes before you. No individual is "the TA for the class", but as a group, we can usually help you with problems.

IT Lab Policies

Access and Acceptable Use

  • IT Lab Access is generally restricted to to members of the iSchool community, including any student enrolled in an iSchool course, absent other arrangment.
  • Persons using the iSchool IT Lab must abide by the University of Texas Acceptable Use Policy.
  • The lab may refuse service to persons who violate the Acceptable Use Policy or who are otherwise disruptive on the premises.

Lab Staff Assistance


The School of Information IT Lab is usually staffed by Teaching Assistants enrolled in the iSchool. Lab staff may

  • Assist with technological problems related to use of lab resources;
  • Offer limited assistance in the use of technology as it pertains to iSchool course assignments;
  • Offer instruction related to the use of technology.

Food and Drink

  • Food and drink are only allowed in certain designated areas in the IT Lab. 
  • Drinks are only allowed in spill-proof or capped containers.
  • NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED in the Computer Classroom (UTA 1.210) or the Media Workroom (1.210B) with the exception of bottled water, due to the everyday use of rare materials.
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