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 is the Archivist for Special Collections at the UCI Special Collections & Archives. She has 10 years of experience working in a variety of archival settings and with varying responsibilities. She began her career working at Pacifica Radio Archives, a public radio/non-profit archive, focusing on digital preservation of reel-to-reel recordings of historic radio programs. She worked as a Project Archivist at Cornell University leading a grant funded project preserving the historic music collection of DJ Afrika Bambaataa. She has been working at UC Irvine since 2019, primarily steering the archival technical services work on Southeast Asian American archives, Orange County regional history, critical theory, and performing arts collections, and working with curators on appraisal and acquisition of collections. She is also engaged in UC and campus-wide library committees including search committees. She has experience taking on a leadership position with SAA and can speak to the ways service can lead to opportunities, as well as managing the stress of applying for many archival jobs, interviewing for, and starting new positions. She is open to discussing her experience pursuing archives as a second career (i.e. later in life), and of being a queer woman in the archives profession.



Jillian CuellarJillian Cuellar (she/her/hers) is the Director of Tulane University Special Collections, where she provides leadership and vision for the division and oversees staff, collections, and operations. As a member of the Tulane University Libraries senior administration, she collaborates with a team to advance the library’s mission and meet its strategic goals. She has significant experience in recruitment in academic libraries, the academic librarian promotion process, strategic career development, and supporting new archival leaders and managers. She is an active member of SAA, having served as a co-chair of the 2020 Program Committee, chair of the Collection Management Tools section, and as a member of the SAA/ARL Mosaic Advisory Group from 2013 to 2020. She is part of the 2014 cohort of the Archives Leadership Institute. Cuellar previously held positions at the University of California, Los Angeles; New York University; and Columbia University. She particularly enjoys working with and learning from students.



Leah EdelmanLeah Edelman is the Outreach Archivist at the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University Libraries in New York, New York. She manages collection development and maintenance, archival processing, and donor relations, in addition to public services and instruction. Edelman has experience in academic and religious archives, historical societies, and specialized collections, as well as working as a "lone arranger" or as part of processing teams and archival units, and navigating collaboration across multi-repository systems. She also has experience with hiring and supervising, committee work, grant writing, and policy development. As a second-career archivist, Edelman is happy to discuss changing careers, and changing focus within the field. (And as a former English teacher, she is happy to edit your resume and cover letter!)



Marcella HuggardMarcella (Wiget) Huggard (she/her/hers) is the manuscripts processing coordinator at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, part of the University of Kansas Libraries. Previously, she was a government records archivist with the Kansas State Archives, part of the Kansas Historical Society. Huggard also has experience working at local historical societies in Colorado and Kansas, managing three-dimensional object collections and archival materials. She is an active member of SAA, the Midwest Archives Conference, and the Kansas City Area Archivists. Huggard has experience as a temporary, grant-funded archivist; performing arrangement, description, and varying levels of processing—particularly minimal processing—with organizational/corporate/government records, manuscript collections, and literary collections; serving on search committees as chair and member; reappraising and deaccessioning collections; and creating and revising records retention schedules. She has a Masters in Public History, is a certified archivist, and holds SAA’s Digital Archives Specialist certificate.




Katherine IshamKatherine Isham (she/her/hers) serves as Archivist for the Cushing / Whitney Medical Historical Library at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She holds an MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin, has six years of professional experience, and is an active member of several professional organizations including SAA, NEA, and LAMPHHS. Past positions include Records Manager for the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Project Archivist for Manuscripts & Archives at Yale. She has experience with policy development, archival processing and description, preservation, and working with photographic materials. Isham has served on multiple hiring committees, has experience with professional development and changing careers, and enjoys helping new professionals translate past work experience to archival job requirements.



Erin KinhartErin Kinhart (she/her/hers) is Head of Collections Processing at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. She manages a team that works on the arrangement, preservation, description, and digitization of manuscript collections. Prior to becoming department head in 2017, Kinhart was an archivist at AAA, processing newly accessioned manuscript collections and providing reference services. From 2005-2010 she worked as an archivist on a grant-funded digitization project, which included working on a team to establish digitization workflows and online access to content. Kinhart has experience with the federal and non-federal hiring process at a large organization and enjoys sharing insight into the recruitment process. She also has experience with grant writing, project management, engaging in supervisor and leadership development, and participating in collaborative working groups.


Pamela McClanahanPamela McClanahan is the Digital Projects Librarian at University of Maryland Libraries and serves as Project Manager for the Historic Maryland Newspapers Project, a large-scale digitization project with the National Digital Newspaper Program. McClanahan was a 2017 National Digital Stewardship Resident at Smithsonian Institution Libraries and has prior experience in a variety of archival settings - state and federal government archives, historical societies, museums, and public libraries. Previously she spent ten years in non-profit fundraising and can discuss navigating a career change. McClanahan can advise on library and archival science graduate programs and course selection, internships and field studies, a variety of archival settings, and the academic library field. Having served on search committees and as a SAA Mentor she enjoys helping others achieve their professional goals and is happy to share her experience with students and recent graduates, new professionals, and those wanting to make a move in their career.



Miranda MimsMiranda Mims is currently the Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer Director of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation at the University of Rochester. She is the co-founder of the Nomadic Archivist Project (NAP), an archival initiative devoted to developing relationships and furthering conversations around legacy, memory, connection, and trust in the African diaspora. Miranda has spent most of her career as an archivist, working in various institutions, including museum, public, government, and academic libraries and archives. She has experience advocating for the needs of archives and special collections through space planning and fundraising.  Miranda has served in a leadership role on different professional boards and has spent years as an active member on various literature review committees. She is available to talk about the path to leadership in the profession.



Joy NovakJoy Novak is the Head of Special Collections Management at Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, she oversees all special collections curation and collection management activities, leading a team of 17 full-time employees. From 2007-2015, she served as the Collections Manager for the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, a political poster archive in Los Angeles. She has experience in collection management, staff supervision, grant development, donor relations, instruction, and outreach. Having served on multiple search committees, she can provide insight on the academic hiring process. As part of the LGBTQIA+ community, Joy welcomes conversations about queer issues in the field and workplace. She earned her Ph.D. in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and her M.A. in Public History at the University of California, Riverside.



Heather PerezHeather Perez is the Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. Since 2017, she has served as the university’s first professional archivist. Previously, she was the archivist at a public library for 12 years. As a lone arranger, Heather enjoys working on all aspects of archival management – from donor relations to reference, from processing to instruction, and from digital preservation to exhibits. She is currently navigating the academic tenure process and can share advice on this. She enjoys reading resumes and conducting mock interviews.



Emily Reiher Emily Reiher (she/her/hers) currently serves as Director of the Women and Leadership Archives at Loyola University Chicago. Reiher is a Certified Archivist (Academy of Certified Archivists) and has a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate (Society of American Archivists). She has previously worked either as a lone arranger or as part of a team at numerous types of small to medium archives in museums, public libraries, corporations, and cultural heritage institutions. Reiher has previously advised on establishing archives, non-traditional outreach, archives administration, preservation, digitization projects, working with vendors, changing careers, choosing internships, archival education, job hunting, the interview process, and navigating certifications.



Kat Siddle Kat Siddle Specializes in corporate archives, special libraries, weird and winding career paths, and job-hunting in difficult times, having graduated in 2008. Currently she manages the product archive at Lulumon Athletica, a Canadian company that makes fitness and casual clothing.





Amanda StraussAmanda Strauss (she/her) is the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections at Brown University, Providence Rhode Island and is the first woman to hold this role. She stewards the John Hay Library's outstanding special collections of rare books, archives, and manuscripts. She has created a new collecting vision for the library and is focused on transforming the Hay into a research destination. Prior to working at Brown, Amanda spent nearly a decade in progressively responsible roles at Schlesinger Library, Harvard University. She has experience with change management, crisis management, academic library leadership, difficult workplace conversations, fundraising, budgeting, grant-writing, research services, digital preservation, acquisitions, and personnel management, including recruitment and retention. Amanda has personal experience navigating mental health issues in the workplace and also works on structural issues around race, gender, and sexuality in the workplace. She strongly believes in mentoring and proactive career planning. Amanda a scholar of human rights archives and twentieth century women’s movements in the United States.



Ashley Todd-DiazAshley Todd-Diaz, Ph.D. (she/her/hers), is Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections and University Archives at Towson University in Towson, MD. She also teaches as an adjunct professor in Emporia State University’s Master of Library and Information Science program and Drexel University’s Master of Information Science program. Todd-Diaz has spent 14 years in the archival field, the majority of which has been spent in academic special collections and archives. She is currently Chair of the Archival Educators Section and Vice-chair of the Graduate Archival Education Subcommittee. She has previously served as Chair of the Manuscripts Repository Section, been active in the Mentoring Subcommittee and the Teaching with Primary Sources Subcommittee, and served as a mentor in SAA’s mentoring program. Todd-Diaz has experience successfully navigating the tenure process, chairing and serving on academic search committees, engaging in professional leadership, managing a department, conducting research and publishing, and mentoring.



Lauren WhiteLauren White is an Archivist at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to joining the Ford Library, she worked at four different academic institutions, in both university archives and special collections roles. She currently serves as an Assistant Editor for the Midwest Archives Conference’s newsletter and as a member of the Steering Committee of SAA’s Accessibility and Disability Section. She also holds Certified Archivist and Digital Archives Specialist designations and is an alumna of the Archives Leadership Institute. White has experience on academic search committees and can discuss the hiring process for both academic and federal institutions as well as share insights on changing career focus, certification, and professional development. She is also happy to discuss issues of disability and requesting accommodations in the workplace.



Christina ZamonChristina Zamon serves as Head of Special Collections & Archives at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. With over 20 years of experience in the field, she is an active member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, Archives Management Section and College and University Archives Section of SAA, and the Society of Georgia Archivists. In addition to her experience as Head of Special Collections & Archives, Zamon previously worked as Head of Archives and Special Collections at Emerson College, Archivist at the National Press Club and in other private special collections libraries. She has experience engaging in professional leadership and scholarship, as well as extensive knowledge managing large and small collections, digital and physical preservation, grant writing, fundraising, multi-institutional collaborations, and facilities management. Her experience serving on a variety search committees as a hiring manager allows her to provide valuable insight into the hiring and interview process.