Amy Gay joins the library team as our first Digital Scholarship Librarian. Locally born and raised, Amy attended Chenango Valley where she spent most of her time on the track and in the library. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Oneonta, a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching for English Language Arts from SUNY Cortland, and her second master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University.
While attending Syracuse University, Amy focused her studies on cultural heritage and special collections, which led to her also receiving a Certificate of Advanced Study in Cultural Heritage Preservation. She gained experience at the Erie Canal Museum where she assessed a nineteenth century book collection and built phase boxes for the collection. At the Onondaga County Public Library’s History and Genealogy Department, she processed the World War I and II Propaganda Poster Collection, assisted with the encapsulation and repairing of posters, and created a searchable finding aid for the collection.
After graduating in May 2016, Amy spent her summer working at the Central New York Library Resource Council (CLRC) as a Cultural Heritage Preservation Assistant, where she worked on metadata and wrote descriptions for collections within the New York Heritage Digital Collections. This position inspired Amy to discover her passion for working with digital collections and creating access for a larger community.
Amy joined the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) D.C. cohort in Fall 2016, which is administered by the Library of Congress and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. During this time, she managed projects at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration that focused on enabling open science, including the creation of a publicly searchable science data catalog for the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Although she enjoyed her time in Washington, D.C. (especially meeting Carla Hayden), she is happy to be back in her hometown and looks forward to another Binghamton fall and eating lots of spiedies.
Her research interests include primary source literacy, open access, war history and cultural heritage preservation.
Amy will be working on enhancing and expanding our Digital Scholarship Services.