Tag Archives: Amy Cooper Cary

[Ask an Archivist]: Does an Undergraduate Degree in History Matter?

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Will holding an undergraduate in history combined with my MLIS degree give me an advantage in Archival work? I want to work in an archives that houses historical documents – especially African-American or women’s history area. Continue reading

[Ask an Archivist]: How to Handle the Expected Salary Range Question on Applications

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I’m in the second year of my MLIS program and beginning to apply to jobs. Some ask for salary requirements, and I have no idea how to respond, especially when it’s a required question on applications. One job posting required that this information be put on my CV. I went straight from undergrad to grad school, so I feel totally unprepared to give an answer. How do I keep from pricing myself out of a job while not undercutting what I’m worth? What should a new archivist expect to make? Continue reading

[On the Job Training]: The First Publishing Experience (Or, Using Graduate School Work for a Higher Purpose)

This month, we’re thrilled to have five archivists talk about how they published in journals for the first time. While the majority were able to use papers from their graduate school coursework, Jarrett rounds out the article with a different path: reviews. If you’re interested in publishing and haven’t read Cheryl Oestreicher’s blog, Publishing in the Archives Profession, it’s a wonderful resource that I highly recommend.

Each archivist’s path to a published article is different. There are two who won awards (one from SAA, one from SNCA), one who published more traditionally, one who published in a trade journal, and of course, one who started publishing by reviews.

The Traditional Route: Hillel Arnold
A Sign of Contradiction: The Record Keeping Practices of the New York City Catholic Worker, American Catholic Studies 121:2 (Summer 2010)

I consider myself very lucky to have published during grad school, for a number of reasons. Primarily, I was fortunate to land in a program that required and valued substantial writing assignments. I was also very lucky to have an excellent advisor and mentor in my program’s director Peter Wosh, who gave me invaluable guidance on shaping my research, as well as suggestions on journals where it might be appropriate.

I went into grad school with the goal of having one publication by the time I finished, so I was looking for opportunities to turn class papers into a publishable article, and my Masters thesis seemed like the perfect opportunity. If you’re interested in publishing (which, it should be noted, is not absolutely necessary in archives) the best advice I can give you is to approach your academic assignments with an eye to repurposing that content in some way. In other words, start thinking about what and where to publish sooner rather than later, and use the expertise of established scholars around you to help navigate the process. Continue reading

[Ask an Archivist]: Handling Staff Turnover

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How do you deal with the upheaval that follows staff turnover at your institution/company, and what would you suggest to help a younger staff member who feels the pressure of extra work or the disappointment of having a project put on the back burner when someone exits? Continue reading

SAA 2015 Candidate Interview: Amy Cooper Cary

This post is part of the 2015 Candidate Interview series, presented in preparation for the 2015 SAA Election (March 13-April 13). Candidate statements will be posted daily through Friday, March 13. Read more statements from 2015 candidates here or check out our previous election series.

Amy Cooper Cary
Marquette University, Department Head, Special Collections and University Archives
Candidate for Council
Read her bio and response to questions posed by the Nominating Committee here.

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