My name is Amy C. Nickless. I’m new to the world of writing blogs, but I have read a few for several years. I always considered writing my own, even had ideas on what to write about, but college and graduate school never really left any time for non-academic writing. And writing was a hobby of mine throughout my K-12 education! Well, I graduated in May. Now that I have the time, I will write.
Well, you might be asking, why wait from May until August to begin this venture? Here’s why. After graduation, several things happened in quick succession. First, my lease was up and I had to move. Then, over the course of summer, I’ve helped to take care of two ill relatives and a sick dog, had a couple interviews, babysat my youngest cousin, reorganized the house, and took the opportunity to take some continuing education webinars and a two-week class. Now things have finally slowed down.
What are my intentions with this blog? I hope to write about ideas, thoughts, and ideas surrounding libraries, archives, and history. Some posts will feature just one of those topics. Others might blend them. Still others overlap, such as genealogy. I’ll also share tidbits I’ve picked up over the years to help people understand these fields and ways some skills I’ve learned can be translated to the home (for example, preserving family heirlooms and scrapbooks for the non-archivist/curator). I’ll also examine some of the modern library and archive ideas, such as information literacy, modern reference, disaster planning, etc. This blog may be on professional topics (this will not be a blog about my personal life!), but I intend for the audience to be all who are interested. Thus, it will not be overly formal (like a research paper).
So what are my qualifications to be writing on these topics? In 2010, I graduated with a B.A. in History and a minor in political science from Southeast Missouri State University. This year, I graduated with my M.A. in Library Science for the University of Missouri. My main graduate school areas of study were academic libraries and archives. I also served for two years as a graduate reference assistant at a University of Missouri’s’ Ellis Library and as a manuscript collections volunteer and intern at The State Historical Society of Missouri.
So, now it’s up to you. Do you want to follow along and learn?