Career Counselors


We have several Career Counselors available to assist you. Feel free to read through the Counselor's biographies below, then to make an appointment with a specific Counselor, click on the Schedule an Appointment button at the bottom of the page. If you need help with the scheduling application please visit the Appointments page for detailed instructions.


 

Jolene BeiserJolene Beiser (she/her)
Specialties: Audiovisual archives; Grant project management; Collection management; Digital preservation; Community archives; Academic archives
Institutional Experience: Community archives; Academic libraries
Career Development Areas Exhaustive job searches and interviews; Graduating during a recession; Getting involved in professional associations; Becoming an archivist later in life; Stress management
Years in the Profession: 13


 

Jillian CuellarJillian Cuellar (she/her/hers), Director, Tulane University Special Collections
Specialties: Archival processing; Collection management; Digital archives; Digital preservation; Donor relations; Metadata and description; Outreach; Project management; Supervision and management
Institutional Experience: Academic
Career Development Areas: Professional development; Networking; Mentoring; Navigating promotion and tenure; Job search; Hiring and search committees
Years in the Profession: 17


 

Leah EdelmanLeah Edelman (she/her/hers), Outreach Archivist, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University Libraries
Specialties:Archival processing; Collection management; Donor relations; Instruction; Outreach; Reference
Institutional Experience: Academic, Historical Society, Religious, Lone Arranger
Career Development Areas: Job search; Changing careers; Changing professional focus; Networking; Hiring and search committees
Years in the Profession: 7


 

Marcella HuggardMarcella (Wiget) Huggard (she/her/hers), Manuscripts Processing Coordinator, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries
Specialities: Arrangement, description and processing; Collection management; Reappraisal and deaccessioning; Project management; Hiring, training, and supervising staff and student employees; Records management and writing/revising retention schedules
Institutional Experience: Academic, government (state and local), local historical society/museum
Career Development Areas: Professional development; Job search; Certifications; Hiring process and search committees; Changing professional focus
Years in the Profession: 15+


 

Katherine IshamKatherine Isham (she/her/hers), Archivist for the Cushing / Whitney Medical Historical Library, Yale University
Specialties: Archival processing; Records management; Metadata and description; Preservation; Collection management; Visual materials
Institutional Experience: Academic
Career Development Areas:Changing careers; Hiring and search committees
Years in the Profession: 6


 

Erin KinhartErin Kinhart (she/her/hers), Head of Collections Processing, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Specialties: Archival processing; Collection management; Digitization; Artist archives
Institutional Experience: Government; Museum; Manuscript repository
Career Development Areas: Job search; Federal employment; Supervisor and leadership development
Years in the Profession: 15+


 

Miranda MimsMiranda Mims (she/her/hers), Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer Director of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, University of Rochester
Specialties: Archival processing; Collection management; Donor relations; Supervision and management; instruction; Writing and publishing; Outreach Institutional Experience: Academic; Public; Government; Museum
Career Development Areas: Professional development; Changing careers; Job search; Mentoring; Navigating promotion and tenure; Changing professional focus; Hiring and search committees
Years in the Profession: 10+

 


 

Joy NovakJoy Novak (she/her/hers), Head of Special Collections Management, Washington University
Specialties: Collection Management; Donor relations; Exhibits; Instruction, Outreach; Project management ; Supervision and management; Visual materials
Institutional Experience: Academic; Non-profit; Community Archives
Career Development Areas: Professional development; Mentoring; Job search; Hiring and search committees
Years in the Profession 10+

 


 

Heather PerezHeather Perez (she/her), Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, Stockton University
Specialties: Archival processing; Continuing education and training; Donor relations; Exhibits; Metadata and description; Outreach
Institutional Experience: Academic; Public Library; Historical Society; Museum; Lone Arranger
Career Development Area: Professional development; Mentoring; Navigating promotion and tenure; Job search; Hiring and search committees, Changing professional focus
Years in the Profession 15

 


 

Emily Reiher Emily Reiher (she/her/hers), Certified Archivist, Director of the Women and Leadership Archives, Loyola University
Specialties: Lone arranger; Preservation; Archival processing; Grant projects; Digitization
Institutional Experience: Corporate; Non-profit; Museum; Public library; K-12; Historic homes and buildings; Academic
Career Development Areas: Certified Archivist; Digital Archives Specialist; Students; New professionals; Career change; Re-entry; Allied professions
Years in profession: 7+

 


 

Kat Siddle Kat Siddle (she/her), Corporate Librarian/Archivist, Lululemon
Specialties: Collection management; Stats and KPIs; Succeeding in a solo role; Outreach; Communications
Institutional Experience Corporate libraries and archives; Fashion and apparel companies; Law libraries; Lone arranger
Career Development Areas Career planning; Job searching in challenging times; Resume feedback; Non-traditional jobs and career paths; Networking
Years in the Profession: 12

 


 

Amanda StraussAmanda Strauss (she/her), Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, Brown University
Specialties: Change management; Academic library leadership; Difficult workplace conversations; Personnel management, including recruitment and retention, fundraising, budget management, grant-writing, research services, digital preservation, collection development
Institutional Experience: Academic
Career Development Areas: Professional development; Job search; Mental health in the workplace; Salary negotiation
Years in the Profession: 11

 


 

Ashley Todd-DiazAshley Todd-Diaz, Ph.D. (she/her/hers), Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections and University Archives at Towson University
Specialties: Instruction; Supervision and management; Archival processing; Writing and publishing; Continuing education and training; Donor relations; Facilities
Institutional Experience: Academic; Museum; Historical society
Career Development Areas: Job search; Navigating promotion and tenure; Hiring and search committees; Changing careers; Professional development; Mentoring; Certifications
Years in the Profession: 10+

 


 

Lauren WhiteLauren White (she/her/hers) Archivist, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
Specialties: Processing; Collection management; Records management; Donor relations; Instruction; Outreach and exhibits
Institutional Experience: Academic; Government
Career Development Areas: Job searching and interviewing; Professional development (professional organizations and certification); Changing type of institution
Years in the Profession: 10

 


 

Christina ZamonChristina Zamon (she/her/hers), Head of Special Collections & Archives, Georgia State University
Specialties: Management; Solo archivist; Outreach; Donor relations; Fundraising; Grant writing; Instruction
Institutional Experience: Non-profit; Academic
Career Development Areas: Resume review; Job search; Career coaching; Professional development
Years in the Profession: 23