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Amy Chen: English and American Literature Librarian

Amy Chen

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Amy Chen
University Libraries
100 Main Library
Iowa City, IA 52242
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About Amy

Amy Chen is the English and American Literature Librarian. She is available to support the instruction and research needs of Iowa's English department. Amy is currently writing a book, Archival Bodies: The American Literary Collections Market since 1944, due to a university press in June 2018. She invented Codex Conquest, an open educational resource (OER) card game, and is passionate about educating doctoral students (and university administrators!) on alt-ac careers.


PhD, English, Emory University, 2013.

MA, English, Emory University, 2010.

BA, English (Honors) and Political Science, University of Iowa, 2006.

Recent Publications

Amy Chen and Kathryn Heffner. "Mentoring a Peer: A Feminist Ethic for Directing Undergraduate Humanities Research." Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices. Chicago, IL: ACRL, 2017: Online. 

Amy Chen, Melanie Meyers, Charlotte Priddle, and Abby Saunders. "K-12 Outreach Methods." New Directions for Special Collections: An Anthology of Practice. Editors Lynne M. Thomas and Beth M.Whittaker. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, September 2016: 39-54. 

Amy Chen. "Possessing 'An Inner History': Curators, Donors, and Affective Stewardship." Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 12.3 Summer 2016: 1-38. 

Amy Chen, Sarah Pickle, Heather Waldroup. "Changing and Expanding Libraries: Exhibitions, Institutional Repositories, and the Future of Academia." The Process of Discovery: The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Future of the Academy. September 2015: Online. 

Amy Chen and Brooke Champagne. 'A certain kind of seduction': Using Special Collections to Teach Primary Source Research to Honors First Year Writing Students at the University of Alabama." Innovative Practices in Archives and Special Collections: Instruction. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015: 117-130.

Recent Presentations

"Codex Conquest: Teaching Book History and Game Development." Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing. Victoria, Canada. May 2017.

"Teaching Book History with Codex Conquest." Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning. New York, New York. April 2017.

"A Quantitative Approach to the Canon: Literary Collection Acquisition Patterns." Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. January 2017. 

"The Most Valuable Thing You Own." Iowa Writers' Workshop. Iowa City, Iowa. April 2016. 

Current Committees

Chair. Publications and Communications Committee. RBMS. 2016-2018. 

Contributing Editor. Archive Journal. 2015-. 

Member. Teaching Learning and Technology. ALA. 2016-2018. 

Member. Humanities Advisory Board. University of Iowa. 2017-2020. 

Member. Archive Symposium Planning Committee. University of Iowa. 2017-2018. 

Member. Scholarly Publishing Committee. University of Iowa Libraries. 2016-2018.