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Matthew Allen Hamilton

Phone: 804-708-9515 | E-mail: mahamilton75@gmail.com | Location: Richmond, VA



Summary of Qualifications____________________________________________


  • 10 years of relevant experience in library and archival administrative areas
  • 10 years of relevant experience in customer service
  • Strong interest in working in a collaborative research environment
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and a strong work ethic
  • Microsoft Outlook, library cataloging systems, and digital resources 
  • Writing
  • Archives


Work History­­___________________________________________________


Librarian (Civilian)

Richmond Sheriff’s Office (08/05/2019 – Present)


  • Maintains the library in accordance with the Minimum Standards for Local Richmond City Justice Centers and Lock-ups and the Richmond Sheriff’s Office Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the library is maintained and stocked with current leisure books and law materials.
  • Supervise inmate trustees and train them in library operations and procedures.
  • Acts as a resource person for inmates needing assistance in checking out library materials, books, and completing letters and forms.
  • Maintains an accurate and up to date log of all visits to any POD areas in need of library services.
  • Maintains the computerized inmate check out/ return system. Ensures that overdue notices are given to inmates in a timely manner.
  • Prepares a monthly report to be submitted to the Major of Services detailing how many patrons visited the library, amount of books checked out, number of books on hand and how many books were purchased, and the monies expended.
  • Acts as the Richmond City Justice Center Historian by maintaining a scrapbook concerning topics and articles about the Richmond Sheriff’s Office.
  • Responsible for maintaining and accounting for an operating budget.
  • Explaining new policies and procedures to the inmate population and employees on a monthly basis.
  • Responsible for reviewing and authorizing the eligibility of pre-trial offenders who need time to use law library materials in order to prepare for their upcoming trials and appeals.


Special Collections and Archives Intern 06/11/2018-08/06/2018

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)


  • Conducted shelf reads and reorganized collections in order to enhance accessibility and functionality.
  • Verified shelved collections with listed items in the library database.
  • Evaluated materials for preservation and retention.
  • Promoted work through exhibitions.

Librarian 08/2011 to Current
Benedictine College Preparatory 


  • Working on a project to enhance the accessibility and functionality of Benedictine’s archives.
  • Maintaining public access catalogs, library computer systems, audio visual equipment, and teaching internet research methods.
  • Substitute Teacher Coordinator.

United States Peace Corps ESL INSTRUCTOR (Philippines) 08/2008 - 11/2010


  • Developed and taught language lessons with an emphasis on reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Initiated teaching seminars in classroom management and grant writing for local teachers.
  • Initiated Feature Writing and Creative Writing classes both in the high school and university levels.

United States Peace Corps ESL INSTRUCTOR (Armenia) 06/2006 - 08/2008


  • Developed and taught language lessons with an emphasis on reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Wrote a prospect letter that brought in more than $1,000 of donations to fund a new English Language Resource Center and Library.
  • Co-authored the booklet: English Language Education Project Framework.

PERIODICALS ASSISTANT 04/2005 - 05/2006 (Full Time)
Belmont Abbey College (Abbot Vincent Taylor Library) 


  • Prepared bindery and made claims for missing periodicals for Duplicate Exchange.
  • Updated Union Listing of periodicals with the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).
  • Assisted students with public access catalogs, library computer systems, and audiovisual equipment.
  • Assisted in special projects: researching local history, teaching internet research methods and writing research papers.
  • Apprentice to the Fr. Paschal Baumstein, Archivist of Belmont Abbey Monastery.


 U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, DC


  • Advised Congressman Patrick T. McHenry on the following issues: Education, Welfare Reform, International Relations, Environment, Small Business, and Social Issues.
  • Corresponded with constituents by letter, e-mail, or phone.
  • Gave tours of the Capital Building.
  • Conducted meetings on Congressman McHenry’s behalf.
  • Collaborated with the Legislative Director on public policy.

OFFICE MANAGER 03/2004 - 12/2004

 McHenry for Congress


  • Organized financial and campaign records.
  • Organized incoming and outgoing campaign mail.
  • Supervised office staff.
  • Maintained a safe, orderly, and secure facility.
  • Made sure campaign supplies were fully stocked.
  • Collaborated with Campaign Manager on campaign events.


Belmont Abbey/Belmont Abbey College – Belmont, NC


  • Religious Name: Brother Boniface Hamilton.
  • Wrote course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments and handouts.
  • Coached students on public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Fostered students' commitment to lifelong learning by connecting course materials to broader themes and current events.
  • Apprentice to the Fr. Paschal Baumstein, Archivist of Belmont Abbey Monastery.


Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS)- 01/2019

St. John’s University – New York, NY

Emphasis in Library and Archival Administration


Master of Fine Arts: Creative Writing - 01/2013

Fairfield University - Fairfield, CT 

Emphasis in Poetry


Bachelor of Arts: History - 12/1999

Belmont Abbey College-Belmont, NC

Emphasis in History


Books (Poetry)_____________________________________________________________


The Land of the Four Rivers: My Experience as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia (2006-2008). Cervena Barva Press, 2012.


Lips Open and Divine. Winter Goose Publishing, 2016.




  • Certificate of Completion of the Citizens Academy: Goochland County Sheriff’s Office (10/26/2016)
  • Certificate of Completion of The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research: NIH Web-based training course: "Protecting Human Research Participants" (09/03/2017)
  • Notary Public (Commission Expires 04/23/2023)



  • ­Winner of the 2013 Best Poetry Book from Peace Corps Writers
  • Winner of the 2002 Junior Monk Essay Contest for the essay: "Deepening Union: A Benedictine Commitment.”
  • 6-time Pushcart Prize Nominee
  • Anselm G. Biggs Scholarship Award (History)

Additional Information__________________________________________________________


  • Keynote Speaker: St. John’s University, NYC. MLIS Program (22 April 2017)
  • Member of the Virginia Library Association
  • Poets and Writers Directory
  • Member of the Association of Writer’s and Writer’s Programs (AWP)
  • Member of the Modern Language Association
  • Selected to attend the Alumni Insider’s View (St. John’s University): Washington, DC Program (11-13 October, 2017)


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