Freelance Writer current
- Behrendt, Beth. “Consider these facts when deciding whether to install a pool at home.” The News-Sentinel. June 20, 2014.
- Behrendt, Beth “Saarinen’s Village: A Midwestern Campus”, Atomic Ranch, Winter 2014 (saarinen’s village AR issue 40 .pdf)
- website text for clients such as HD Marketing & Design (writing blog posts and other web text for a number of their small business clients including: Crescent Avenue Gardens, Workspace Solutions, and Denver Spine Institute) and Hakes & Robrock Design-Build, Inc.
- Real Food. Real Family. Real Midwest. (a blog) www.realfoodfor5.com
- A blog. bethbehrendt.com
Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Washington DC
Funded by the Institute for Library and Museum Services. The project’s primary goal was to preserve materials — school records and photos dating back to the 1920s — which had been stored in unlabeled, deteriorating boxes in the school’s boiler room; also to make the materials easily accessible and to encourage their use by the school’s students and faculty and anyone researching neighborhood or DC history
- Organizing, cataloging, and storing, in appropriate archiving vessels, a collection of school records and photos dating back to the 1920s
- Writing reports to the funding organization, the US Government’s Institute for Library and Museum Services (ILMS), to meet their reporting guidelines and to encourage continued funding
- Networking with other school archivists/librarians to learn best-practices for school archives.
- Teaching 5th-8th grade students how to appropriately handle and store archival materials and how to use the materials for research; e.g. students used the collection to study and present on the changing racial and economic history of their school and to learn about the history of their neighborhood
- Designing — in collaboration with a group of volunteer student architects from Catholic University — a new work area and archival storage space within the school’s library
- Promoting the project to the PTA, the DC Public Schools administration, local press, and neighborhood groups
- The project was profiled in the Washington Post in 2009: “A School’s Unintentional Time Capsule Offers Students a Glimpse of the Past” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/12/AR2009051203274.html
Librarian / Library Director 1995-2005
World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington, DC
WRI is a 150+ staff nonprofit research organization which produces information — internet and print — to promote sustainable development and improve the global environmental.
- Managing the library space and collection, electronic resource subscriptions, the budget, professional and support staff, and professional development of self and staff
- Marketing services and resources to the WRI researchers, other academic and government libraries in DC, and to partner organizations worldwide
- Representing WRI outside of the US by working at partner organizations in Budapest, Hungary and Nairobi, Kenya and at the Frankfurt, Germany Book Fair
- Researching 1) global environmental and development issues to support the research staff and 2) potential donors to assist the fundraising staff
- Writing donor profiles, summaries of research, library policy and procedure manuals, self assessments, and staff reviews
Librarian / Head Librarian 1992-1995
Infoterra Project / US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), DC
INFOTERRA was a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) project with the pre-internet goal of the world-wide sharing of environmental information. The US office was based at the EPA Headquarters Library.
- Researching using print and online resources to answer requests for information about US environmental laws or guidelines from individuals and government officials from around the world
- Writing cover letters to summarize our research, explain included copies of relevant US government documents, and provide referrals to other government or academic sources
- Marketing our services to EPA staff working on international issues, as well as providing tours and information to any foreign visitors to the EPA
- Managing professional and support staff, the budget, and the collection
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
Renovating / Updating, first a 1908 Edwardian row house in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of DC; now a 1949 Midcentury Modern ranch in the Wildwood Park neighborhood of Fort Wayne
- Our house was one of the featured homes on the ARCH 2012 Historic Home and Garden Tour and was profiled in the Journal Gazette’s “Midcentury Style Impresses”
Volunteer, Washington, DC Public Schools and Canterbury School (Fort Wayne, IN), 2004-current
- fundraising, reporting, coordinating