Brady K. Cox

Austin, TX | bradycox@utexas.edu

My interest in Information Studies began after I was hired as a Student Archivist in the Special Collections & University Archives at Abilene Christian University. After working and being promoted to Processing Supervisor over two and a half years, I decided to pursue a Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS) in the School of Information (iSchool) at The University of Texas at Austin. My studies in the iSchool have broadened my interests and skills in the Information Studies field.

I will begin working as a Government Information Analyst in the State and Local Records Managemment (SLRM) Division at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) after I graduate from the iSchool with an MSIS in May.


Experience

Government Information Analyst II

Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) | State and Local Records Management Division
Beginning May 2020

Teaching Assistant

The University of Texas at Austin | Cockrell School of Engineering

- Led weekly writing workshops for 32 undergraduate Engineering students

- Graded writing assignments, and helped coordinate communication between 96 students and 3 TAs

August 2019 - May 2020

Records Management Specialist Associate (Contract)

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) | Information Governance

- Researched and analyzed solutions available to address long-term information needs

- Provided recommendations for solutions that will best fit information governance needs

January 2020 - April 2020

Digital Archive and Categorizing Assistant

The University of Texas at Austin | Institute for Geophysics

- Digitized Human Resources (HR) records for easier access in UTBox, and created a workflow for future employees to follow

- Developed and proposed a records management policy for the HR records

August 2019 - January 2020

Digital Archiving Intern

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) | Information Governance

- Evaluated long term-records needs for business groups through surveys and discussions

- Facilitated data gathering interviews in order to update data maps for file plan development

- Conducted legal research for records retention schedules to achieve industry best-practices

May 2019 - August 2019

Senior Student Associate

The University of Texas at Austin | Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

- Processed archival materials for the Texas Jewish Historical Society (TJHS) Records

- Designed and implemented a new filing structure for the TJHS Records in ArchivesSpace

February 2019 - May 2019

Public Services Library Assistant

Huston-Tillotson University | Downs-Jones Library

- Assisted students with reference questions and database searches

- Helped students locate materials, and oversaw the library circulation desk

September 2018 - February 2019

Processing Supervisor & Archivist

Abilene Christian University | Special Collections & University Archives

- Appraised, processed, and organized collections of 20th and 21st century archival records

- Prepared inventory lists and created finding aids for archival collections

- Communicated with patrons concerning research requests in person and through email

January 2016 - May 2018

Education

The University of Texas at Austin

Master of Science (MS) | School of Information
Information Studies

Endorsement of Specialization: Archives & Records Management

August 2018 - May 2020

Abilene Christian University

Master of Arts (MA) | Graduate School of Theology
Religious Studies
Postwar Churches of Christ Mission Work: The Philippines as a Case Study
January 2015 - May 2018

Abilene Christian University

Bachelor of Arts (BA) | College of Biblical Studies
Biblical Studies; History Minor
August 2011 - December 2014

Capstone Project

Identifying Solutions for Long-Term Information Needs at ERCOT

Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power for about 90 percent of the state’s electric load. Working as a Records Management Specialist this semester for ERCOT’s Information Governance program, I performed research and proposed solutions to meet the company’s long-term information needs. This included research on industry standards, vendors, and third-party solutions for long-term digital preservation of information. Deliverables included a business justification document, a draft set of business requirements that can be used for a future RFI or RFP, an executive summary of the work performed, and a recommendation to ERCOT’s upper management.


Other Projects

INF 385M - Database Management | Build a Database Driven Application

Working in a group of three, we produced a web-based application that uses a MariaDB database to provide information to the user. We used information on Texas State Parks as our data set. The final project can be viewed here.

INF 389R - Introduction to Archival Enterprise I | Archival Practicum

Working in a group of four, we arranged and described the Jody Conradt Papers at the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports at The University of Texas at Austin using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS). Deliverables included an appraisal report, processing plan, inventory, and finding aid. The finding aid and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) are on the Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) website and can be viewed here.


Honors & Awards

  • June 2019 - Julie Hallmark Honorary Graduate Fellowship (2019-2020) | The University of Texas at Austin | School of Information
  • June 2018 - Julie Hallmark Honorary Graduate Fellowship (2018-2019) | The University of Texas at Austin | School of Information
  • May 2018 - Academic Achievement Award (4.0) | Abilene Christian University | Graduate School of Theology
  • May 2014 - Academic Achievement Award (4.0) | Abilene Christian University | College of Biblical Studies