Interviews

Conference Tips: An Interview with Sarah Mailloux

by Emily Guier, Head Editor, INALJ Wyoming Conference Tips: An Interview with Sarah Mailloux Emily: As a first-time library conference attendee, what were you expecting? Sarah: I think I was expecting more people. There were only about 20 people there, but that made for easier discussions. People were more willing to speak up than if…

Rachael Altman …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Rachael. Naomi: How did you find your current job? Rachael: I currently work at Rockford University as the Reference & Instructional Librarian. I originally found position posted on ALA JobList, and it was also posted on INALJ Illinois. I was hesitant to apply because it asked for 3-5 years…

Kaitlyn Lyons …Success Story

My interview with INALJ success story, Kaitlyn Naomi: How did you find your current job? Kaitlyn: I found my current job posted on INALJ, but a co-worker also mentioned it to me. The first time I looked at it I thought there was no way I’d be qualified for it, but as I read it…

Transitioning to Management: Q&A with Anna Jensen

by Caitlin Moen, Head Editor, INALJ Louisiana Transitioning to Management: Q&A with Anna Jensen Caitlin: What has been the greatest challenge for you in moving into a management role? Anna: Moving into a library with employees who are older and more established than I am. Luckily for me I feel like the staff at my…

Emily Weak of Hiring Librarians

My interview with Emily of the blog, Hiring Librarians Naomi: What made you interested in starting your blog, Hiring Librarians? Emily: I’d been thinking about ways I could do service for the profession. Because I’m such a new librarian I don’t have a lot of sage advice and because I’m severely underemployed I feel weird…

Heather Firchow …Success Story

My interview with success story Heather Firchow Naomi: How did you find your current job? Heather: I saw the listing for my Altadena job on the local library consortium’s (SCLC) jobs list. I use several resources, like the CALIX listserve, the SCLC job listings and the INALJ daily email. I cannot truthfully say, for the…

Matt Thorenz …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Matt. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Matt:  I contacted my local library to see if there was a need for help. It turned out they were looking for a temporary substitute clerk with archives experience and I was hired after my interview. When the person I…

Catherine Wagner …Success Story

My interview with success story Catherine – this interview is from last year and Cathy has since found another position at a higher level- congrats Cathy! Naomi: How did you find your current job? Catherine: I found my current job on the INALJ daily .pdf. I didn’t hear anything from them for about two months…

Casey Lansinger …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Casey. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Casey:  I found my current job by religiously checking INALJ, LibGig, various library websites, etc. I was always told it’s who you know when it comes to getting a library job, and I’m certainly not here to dispel that, but…

Jon Haupt …Wine Librarian

. . by Kiersten Bryant, Head Editor, INALJ California Jon Haupt …Wine Librarian  Kiersten: How did you come to work at the Sonoma County Wine Library, and how long have you worked there?  Jon: I started as Wine Librarian in July, 2012. Before that, I was a music librarian for about eight years – first…

Adrienne Chamberlin …Success Story

. . Naomi House’s interview with success story Adrienne. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Adrienne:  It was timing, really. Last fall, I had a freelance writing job going, was tutoring student essays online, and working in retail at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The founder and director of NHC came…

When Archiving and Comics Collide

by Sandra Hoyer, Head Editor, INALJ Washington When Archiving and Comics Collide: Tess McCarthy on Incorporating Creativity in Librarianship Tess McCarthy is the archivist at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, California. She also draws comics. All artwork featured in this article is by Tess McCarthy . (Images used with permission.) Tell us…

Meet Fantasia Thorne, Learning Commons Librarian

. . by Rachael Altman, Head Editor, INALJ Alabama Meet Fantasia Thorne, Learning Commons Librarian at Syracuse University Bird Library  Rachael: Favorite Library you have been to? Fantasia: The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. I recently visited this library during a conference, and I was in awe. The layout is wonderful, the Friends…

David del Norte …Success Story

My interview with success story David Naomi: How did you find your current job? David: Through volunteer work at the library, I had made myself known as a dedicated librarian impartial to disengaged staff, patrons, or scholars. After two applications for different positions, about 40-50 hours of volunteer work for the Special Collections and the…

Carrie Netzer Wajda …Success Story

My interview with success story Carrie Naomi: How did you find your current job? Carrie: Through the New York chapter of the Special Libraries Association jobs website. I’ve always had better luck applying for jobs online or through postings than through networking. Perhaps this is just a fluke, since it goes against every piece of…

Jarrett Farmer …Success Story

My interview with success story Jarrett Naomi: How did you find your current job? Jarrett: I have worked for Baltimore County Public Library since I was 17. I started as a circulation assistant at the branch closest to my high school, and stayed there until I graduated college, working my way up through the circulation…

Karen Hiebert …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Karen. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Karen:  In the last semester of my MLIS program, I applied for an internship locally. While there, I applied through the Broward County careers website through the advice of my supervisor while on my internship at Tamarac Library. After my…

JJ Pionke …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story JJ. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? JJ:  My job was posted on INALJ as well as alajoblist.  Admittedly, I saw it on the alajoblist first. Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to? JJ:  I adore the British Library but keep in mind that I spent a…

Mary-Alexandra Smith …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Mary-Alexandra. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Mary-Alexandra:  I actually found my current position as librarian for Touro University Worldwide through networking. A professional contact and good friend shared the job posting and I applied. Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to? Mary-Alexandra:  There are so many…

Karen Klein …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Karen. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Karen:  A classmate from GSLIS e-mailed me. She wasn’t sure if I was still looking for work or not, but she reached out to me. I’m definitely grateful she did. It taught me the importance of keeping my LinkedIn up…

Meredith McGowan …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with Meredith McGowan, success story and librarian! Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Meredith:  I contacted a grad school friend of mine who worked in the contracting services business.  She was able to connect me with a wonderful recruiter who has consistently kept me employed for the last year.  …

Jeremy Withnell …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Jeremy. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Jeremy:  My current job that I just started (Library technician with the rare books and manuscripts section of the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine) is in the same institution as my previous position.  It was…

Melody Townley …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Melody. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Melody:  I found my job listing through the INALJ New Jersey page. I was interested in working in school libraries, so I checked that site daily and was able to find many possibilities. I applied to about 15 districts, totaling…

Interview with Janssen of Everyday Reading

. . by Emily Guier, Head Editor, INALJ Wyoming Interview with Janssen of Everyday Reading Emily’s interview with Janssen, of the blog Everday-Reading.com, who started blogging in 2006 to chronicle the books they were reading and so much more! Also follow on Twitter @EverydayReading. Emily: What is your librarian background? Janssen: I did a master’s degree in library…

Fallon Bleich …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story and INALJ Arkansas Head Editor,  Fallon. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Fallon:  I actually just happened to use my networking and bragging on myself skills to get it. I was working in a different department and when I heard that another GIS tech was leaving, I…

Mallorie Colvin …Success Story

This was the very first Success Story interview at INALJ.com published on 12/9/11.  I updated the title from Mallorie Colvin…In Six.  Enjoy!  And find all jobs at http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Naomi: How did you find your current job? Mallorie: I found it on the INALJ daily email! I didn’t have a specific state or area in mind,…

Alexandra Carter …Librarian and Success Story

My interview with success story Alexandra Naomi: How did you find your current job? Alexandra: I never would have expected this, but I actually found out about the job via a posting on Monster.com, which isn’t generally the greatest source for library jobs. I did see the same posting later on a library-related listserv, but…

Jennifer Snoek-Brown …Reel Librarians Blogger and Success Story

My interview with INALJ success story, Jennifer who also founded the blog, Reel Librarians  “a website and blog exploring hundreds of portrayals of librarians in film and what these reel librarians represent.” Naomi: How did you find your current job? Jennifer: Multiple sources, including INALJ, Craigslist, and state library jobline postings. INALJ actually helped me…

Being Daring as a Librarian: Nadia Pazolis-Gabriel

by Sandra Hoyer, Head Editor, INALJ Washington Being Daring as a Librarian: Nadia Pazolis-Gabriel on Creating Opportunities for Oneself I had the pleasure of meeting Nadia Pazolis-Gabriel during a brief, but exciting, time volunteering with the Smithsonian Institutions Libraries Cataloging department. What struck me most about Nadia was that she embodies the clever and resourceful…

Victoria Brooke Rodrigues …Success Story

My interview with success story, Victoria Brooke Rodrigues by Naomi House, MLIS Naomi: How did you find your current job? Victoria: INALJ’s daily jobs. Albuquerque’s library jobs were few and far between, and most with the local university are offered as work-study to its students. This made job hunting tough as a distance-ed student interested…