Interviews

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Radical Librarianship at the Allied Media Conference

Radical Librarianship at the Allied Media Conference by Veronica Leigh Milliner, Senior Editor While there are many options for professional and personal development in the library and information field, one upcoming opportunity that deserves to be highlighted is the Allied Media Conference (AMC). The AMC “brings together a vibrant and diverse community of people using…

Shoebrarian Extraordinaire: Meet Leslie Howerton-Hicks

Shoebrarian Extraordinaire: Meet Leslie Howerton-Hicks by Rachael Altman, INALJ COO After traveling the world and trying her hand at many different jobs Leslie Hicks finally graduated from University of South Florida with an MLIS in 2011. Leslie Howerton-Hicks manages the Footwear Materials Library at the World Headquarters of a large Athletic Footwear and Apparel Company…

Q&A with Dr. Sandra Hirsh, Editor of Information Services Today

Q&A with Dr. Sandra Hirsh, Editor of Information Services Today: An Introduction by Alison Peters, INALJ Contributor Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice in Wonderland: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” I love Alice in Wonderland—the book, animated movie, and Disneyland ride—but I didn’t remember that quote till…

Anastasia Chiu on the Job Hunt, Volunteering & More

Interview with INALJ Assistant Anastasia Chiu, INALJ Louisiana Assistant by Josh Rimmer, Senior Editor   For this month, I wanted to highlight INALJ Louisiana assistant Anastasia Chiu. If you have visited the Louisiana page recently, you will notice a change in the organization and web links provided on the page. Ms. Chiu was instrumental in…

Dr. Candace Aiani: Library Director at Taipei American School

by Whitney Zahar, Senior Assistant, INALJ Pennsylvania Interview with Dr. Candace Aiani: Library Director at Taipei American School Have you ever imagined working as a librarian in another country? Several colleagues on the INALJ blog have posted several articles about library work around the world. I have the honor of volunteering as the archivist at Taipei American School,…

Sana Khan …Success Story

My non-librarian husband on his birthday! There is a famous quote that, to paraphrase, says that one should never date anyone who doesn’t own books or read a lot.  I find it to be a foolish quote.  Think of all that you can learn from someone raised in an oral tradition, or someone who simply…

Interview with Olga Statnaia, Quebec Public Librarian

by Elena Bubelich, former Senior Assistant, INALJ Quebec Interview with Olga Statnaia, Quebec Public Librarian In this blog post I would like to continue to share experience of job search of some graduates of MLIS programs in Quebec, Canada. I’ve already interviewed Josiane Doucet-Alarie and Mykola Krupko. In this blog post I’m glad to present my former classmate…

Deep in Archives: Interview with Archivist, Christy Tomecek

By Kasia Piasecka, Senior Assistant, INALJ Rhode Island Deep in Archives: Interview with Archivist, Christy Tomecek Kasia:  How did you find your current job? Do you have any job hunting advice for INALJ readers? Christy:  I got very lucky with my current job. My former supervisor is a member of the Archivists Round Table in…

Sierra L. Campbell… Chicago History Museum & Success Story

by Mary-Michelle Moore, Senior Editor, INALJ California, DC, and Illinois Sierra L. Campbell… Chicago History Museum & Success Story Mary-Michelle: How did you find your current job? Sierra: I found my current job by being in the right place at the right time, otherwise known as luck. No, that’s really what happened. I inquired at the Chicago…

Nancy Kranich …Former ALA President

by Claire Schmieder, Senior Editor previously published 5/6/13 This interview is from 2013 Nancy Kranich…Former ALA President and Rutgers University–Lecturer, School of Communication and Information and Special Projects Librarian Claire:  Your career path has been pretty amazing. What are a few of your favorite moments along that path? Nancy: Retrieving books for UW-Parkside by bike…

Cairie R…. Lambda Archives & INALJ Success Story

by Mary-Michelle Moore, Head Editor, INALJ California Cairie R…. Lambda Archives & INALJ Success Story Mary-Michelle: How did you find your current job? Cairie: On the INALJ California page. My most current position at Lambda Archives was from looking at the INALJ page. Mary-Michelle: What is your favorite book? Cairie: Of all time?! That’s impossible. I can…

Mykola Krupko, Hospital Librarian

By Elena Bubelich, Head Editor, INALJ Quebec  Mykola Krupko, Hospital Librarian In this blog post I would like to continue to share experience of job search of some graduates of MLIS programs in Quebec, Canada. In May 2014 I interviewed my assistant Josiane Doucet-Alarie and in this blog post I’m glad to present my former classmate…

Meet Megan Ashley, School Librarian

by Rachael Altman, Head Editor, INALJ Illinois Meet Megan Ashley, School Librarian and INALJ Assistant Editor Favorite Library you have been to? I studied at Loyola University Chicago for my undergraduate degree, and spent a lot of my time studying at the Information Commons. It’s a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing space that was used constantly by students. Favorite book?…

Meet Josiane Doucet-Alarie

By Elena Bubelich, Head Editor, INALJ Quebec  Meet Josiane Doucet-Alarie In this blog post I’d like to introduce my assistant who has helped me to find job offers since November 2013. That month the page of INALJ Quebec became second by popularity among Canadians pages (and it’s still second!). So I asked for help Josiane Doucet-Alarie,…

John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary

.Naomi House, MLIS’s interview with the founder of EveryLibrary, John Chrastka. EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. We will provide tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining…

Erica Findley of EveryLibrary

Naomi House, MLIS’s interview with Every Library’s Erica. EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. We will provide tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining monies to local…

Patrick Sweeney of EveryLibrary

Naomi House, MLIS’s interview with Patrick Sweeney of EveryLibrary. EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. We will provide tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining monies to…

Ulla de Stricker, on getting noticed

Anastasia Gould, Head Editor, INALJ Nunavut, INALJ Yukon, INALJ Northwest Territories Ulla de Stricker, on getting noticed Anastasia: What is your dream job and why? Ulla: Your question provokes reflection: If I were to imagine myself in any other role than the one I now hold, when would I have made the necessary deviation in the past? What decision…

Meet the Law Librarian: Jason Hawkins, from the Thurgood Marshall Law Library of the University of Maryland

by Ta-Shirè Tribbett, Assistant for INALJ DC Meet the Law Librarian: Jason Hawkins, from the Thurgood Marshall Law Library of the University of Maryland Ta-Shiré:  Please describe your educational background. Jason:  I have a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oakwood University; a Master of Library Science (MLS) from The School of Information Studies, Syracuse…

Sarah Houghton, the Librarian in Black

Originally published 1/6/12, 2/15/13 and 6/4/13 as Sarah Houghton, the Librarian in Black …In Six Naomi House’s interview with Sarah Houghton, otherwise know as the Librarian in Black. Naomi: What is your dream job and why? Sarah: I would love to be a futurist for a think tank. It’s what I love to do, and…

Kate Theimer …of ArchivesNext

Naomi House’s interview with Kate of ArchivesNext formerly entitled Kate Theimer …In Six and published on 2/13/12 Naomi: What blogs should we be reading? Kate: Well, mine of course (http://archivesnext.com )! I’m sure your readers already follow library bloggers, so for archives I like The Bigger Picture from the Smithsonian Institution Archives and The Signal…

Dan Robinson, on being a Content Analyst

Naomi House’s interview with Dan Robinson, Content Analyst Naomi:  How did you find your job as a Content Analyst? Dan:  I didn’t find it, it found me. It’s the latest, and last, job title for what turned out to be an evolving position at HW Wilson.  I started out as an indexer, then started interacting…

Rory Litwin of Library Juice Academy

My interview with Rory Litwin, founder of Library Juice Academy, Library Juice Press & Litwin Books! “Library Juice Academy offers a range of online professional development workshops for librarians and other library staff, with classes. These workshops earn Continuing Education Units, and are intended as professional development activities primarily for academic librarians and staff.” Naomi: …

Leadership and the LLAMA New Professionals Section : An Interview with Tyler Dzuba

by Caitlin Moen, Head Editor, INALJ Louisiana Leadership and the LLAMA New Professionals Section : An Interview with Tyler Dzuba Name: Tyler Dzuba Position: Head, Physics-Optics-Astronomy Library, University of Rochester; Chair, New Professionals Section (NPS), Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Brief Bio: Tyler Dzuba is serving as the inaugural chair of the New Professionals Section…

Cross-Country Job Searching : An Interview with Derrick Jefferson

by Caitlin Moen, Head Editor, INALJ Louisiana Cross-Country Job Searching : An Interview with Derrick Jefferson Current Position: Communications Librarian at American University, Washington, D.C. Twitter Handle: @geekandahalf Caitlin:  When you began job-hunting, what criteria did you have? Parts of the country, types of positions, etc. Derrick:  Ideally I wanted to find a job where…

Winona Patterson …Success Story

All Jobs for INALJ can be found here: http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Updated daily Naomi House’s interview with success story Winona. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Winona:  The RAILS Library System has a great job board that is also an INALJ source, so I saw the job both places! Naomi:  Favorite library you have been…

JP Porcaro, MakeItHappenDay and ALATT founder

by Naomi House, MLIS JP Porcaro, MakeItHappenDay and ALATT founder Naomi: How did you come to work for your current position? JP:  I started working in libraries with my first paid position in 1996 when I was 14 in a Children’s library. I kept working there throughout high school, and then college, because it was…

Denise Gary of Kids Need to Read

My interview with Denise Gary, Co-founder and Executive Director, of Kids Need to Read. Kids Need to Read works to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children. It has always been our desire to not…

Stephen X. Flynn of Open Cover Letters

My interview with Stephen X. Flynn, founder of OpenCoverLetters.com.  I was fortunate to be able to meet and chat with him at ALA 2013 Naomi: What made you start your blog? Stephen: While applying for jobs, I thought “wouldn’t it be great if there was a website with real cover letters”? After accepting my current…

Meredith Lowe of Archives Gig

My interview with the founder of Archives Gig, Meredith Lowe! Naomi: What made you start your blog? Meredith: I was already gathering archives job announcements for the job listserv at University of Wisconsin – Madison SLIS (my employer), and I thought that I could create a service to do the same thing, but to a…

Carolyn Sosnowski at SLA

Carolyn Sosnowski – Director, Education and Information Services at SLA My interview with Carolyn Sosnowski of SLA (Special Libraries Association). SLA is “is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves more than 9,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists.”…

Melanie Sellar …of Librarians Without Borders

 My interview with Melanie Sellar, founder of Librarians Without Borders, “a non-profit organization that strives to improve access to information resources regardless of language, geography, or religion, by forming partnerships with community organizations in developing regions.”  “Our vision is to build sustainable libraries and support their custodians and advocates — librarians.” (taken from here)  …

Jackie Miller of Reach Out and Read

My interview with Jackie of Reach Out and Read. Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. Currently, Reach Out and Read serves more than 4…

Missy Shields of buildOn …In Six

My interview with Missy Shields of buildOn, which “is an international nonprofit organization that runs youth service after-school programs in United States high schools, and builds schools in developing countries. The organization’s programs engage young Americans from mostly urban areas in community service, and promote literacy among children and adults in developing countries. buildOn views…