Creative / Dynamic / Effective


Information Technology Professional - Experience in telecom engineering, application development, product management, the arts, and technology education in a hybrid instructional environment. Ability to communicate to C-level prospects and clients. 


  • Ph.D. – Univ. of California, Los Angeles – 2014 
  • MLIS – Univ. of California, Los Angeles – 2012 
  • MA – Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI – 1978 
  • BA – Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA - 1977


Member The Society of American Archivists – 2010 to Present

 Member  LA As Subject 2009 - Present

Alliance of research archives, libraries, and collections. Hosted by USC Libraries.  Exhibitor at the Archives Bazaar, '09 to '13.

Featured Speaker, 2012, Los Angeles in Postcards, Doheny Library, University of Southern California (USC).
Joint Symposium Presentation at Huntington Library February 25, 2012 and Sept. 19, 2009 Days of Sadness, Years of Triumph: The American Homefront During the Second World War.  Pasadena Teachers Retreat. Co-presentation with Dr. Arthur Verge.

Special Reader UCLA Anthropology 133P – Visual Anthropology, Documentary Photography Winter 2011
Photo Restoration Project - Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) Venice, CA Spring 2010

Deltiologist 2004 – Present - Accessioning rare postcards with a focus onstreet scenes. Special interest in real photo postcards (RPPCs), and chromes from the early 1900s through the 1960s. 


  Asst. Professor & Dir. of Archives Studies - Emporia State Univ., Emporia, KS     2014 - 2016

 Subjects Taught Include: Information Technology, Professional Ethics, Library & Information, Science, Introduction to Archives, Archival Arrangement and Description, Records Management, Research Methods. 

Additional Experience

2009 - 2014, Graduate Student, UCLA

Attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned a Masters in Library and Information Science, and a Doctorate in Information Studies.  Part-time graduate teaching assistant.


Towards a Unified Theory of Visual Knowledge in Library, Archives and Information Studies: A Test of the KBI Model Using Documentary Photographs. 

2006 -2009, M Hale Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

  Owned and operated an upscale art gallery and artist studio on Palm Canyon Drive in the heart of Palm Springs. Sold over 400 works of art and photography to collectors worldwide. As an artist won four awards in the California State Fair Fine Art Competition for a new genre of digital art called Digital Realism, including the Crystal Award of Excellence. Won a $100,000 contract to supply art and photography to the $70 million renovation of the Palm Springs Riviera Resort & Spa project in 2008. 

2004 - 2006, District Mgr., Sears, San Francisco, CA

 Responsible for the retail sales and the installation of built-in appliances, and the hiring, training and management of a workforce of over forty outside contractors. Created a first-of-its-kind Retail Installation Guide in notebook and CD format that was adopted throughout the region for measuring contractor and store customer satisfaction metrics. Consistently attained 100%+ revenue-to-plan, expanding district revenue from $4.2 million to $5.5 million. 

2001 - 2004, Gallery-By-the-Sea, Indialantic, FL

 Opened a high-end art gallery one block from the Atlantic Ocean featuring the art and sculpture of acclaimed local and international artists. Developed relationships with community organizations and businesses that attracted a diverse patronage. 

2000-2001, Dir. Product Mkt. - Harris Corp., Melbourne, FL

 Led five managers and 35 indirect reports to re-focus product design for the next generation NetBoss network fault management system. Led the interdepartmental team that produced the Market Requirements Document (MRD), and Product Roadmap. Created the Channel Alliance group to resolve challenging customer problems. Reviewed and approved marketing materials; oversaw development of website, advertising plan, and sales literature. 

1994 - 2000, Sr. Product Mgr. GRIC Com., Milpitas, CA

 Developed business and marketing strategy and opportunities for an innovative VoIP calling card product and an ISP billing system. Managed a team comprised of technical writers, product managers and marketing communications to create the product requirements, user guide, white papers and technical specifications. Participated in focus groups and conducted user surveys. Traveled between Milpitas and the Washington, D.C. area to meet clients and develop key relationships. 

Melvin Hale, Ph.D.