Interviews

Meet Suzy Szasz Palmer, Dean of Greenwood Library

by Rachael Altman, Head Editor, INALJ Alabama Meet Suzy Szasz Palmer, Dean of Greenwood Library at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia I had the pleasure of meeting Suzy at the JobList Placement Center at ALA Annual in Chicago. I was lucky enough to be paired with her for the NMRT Resume Review Service.  It turns…

Julie Tanaka …Success Story

My interview with success story, Julie Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Julie:  Graduation was approaching and all I could think of was being stuck in the anteroom between being a grad student and gainfully employed. While I was browsing positions for Medieval and Early Modern European History, I stumbled across the posting for this…

Marta Murvosh …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Marta. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Marta:  The short answer is I got lucky and had the skill set that managers in my library system were looking for to fill one of four new internal positions at the library system where I work in Western Washington.…

Quaid Long …Success Story

My interview with success story Quaid! Naomi: How did you find your current job? Quaid: Like most of us – scouring multiple job sites and listservs every day and networking (although not as much as I should – it’s a skill I’m constantly trying to improve). Naomi: Favorite library you have been to? Quaid: I…

Venus Bradley, Patient Resource Center Manager

Venus Bradley…Patient Resource Center Manager by Leigh Milligan, Head Editor, INALJ Wisconsin For the last year, I have been working with Venus as Lead Library Assistant in the Patient Resource Center at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and I am very impressed by all the hard work she puts into this very unique library. I am very…

Sheila Campbell, Columbus Zoo Librarian

by Dawn Thompson, former Head Editor, INALJ Ohio Sheila Campbell, Columbus Zoo Librarian 1. How did you find your job as the librarian at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium? Oddly enough, in the want ads in the local newspaper!!  Nowadays this would probably not happen because the zoo posts job openings on the Columbus Zoo…

Talking about Technicians – with Michael David Reansbury

by Lauren Bourdages, Head Editor, INALJ Ontario Talking about Technicians – with Michael David Reansbury I got in touch with Michael David Reansbury, the current President of the Ontario Association of Library Technicians (OALT/ABO) and the Circulation Desk Administrator at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine to find out how he got where he is…

Samantha McClellan …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Samantha. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Samantha:  I actually found my job through INALJ. Thank you to whoever added my job to the Kentucky jobs list in December 2012! Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to? Samantha:  I’m going to cop out a little and mention…

Helen Kim …Success Story and Archivist

My interview with success story, Helen Naomi: How did you find your current job? Helen: I just joined the staff at Visual Communications, an Asian American media arts nonprofit in the Little Tokyo neighborhood in downtown LA. As their Preservation Manager, I work with a lot of AV materials. I have a long history with…

Joe Noel …Success Story

My interview with success story, Joe Naomi: How did you find your current job? Joe: I found my current job listed on the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) website. Most jobs for law librarians end up there sooner or later, but a few fall between the cracks, so I also regularly checked my school’s…

Megan Threats …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Megan. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Megan:  I received my MSLIS degree in May 2013 from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. During my final semester, I created a resource guide of websites that posted LIS-related job openings. Although I began my career search…

Jeremiah Paschke-Wood …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Jeremiah. Naomi: How did you find your current job? Jeremiah: I think it was on inalj.com. In March I was browsing through state employment pages and just thought “Hey, why not apply for this?” A couple months later I got a request for more information, interviewed and was offered…

Dee Krasnansky …Success Story

My interview with success story, Dee! Naomi:  How did you find your current jobs? Dee: I heard about this volunteer position (Vendor Coordinator) from the organization Common Ground on the Hill since I am a long term volunteer there. It’s an organization which promotes peace, cultural understanding and advocacy for traditional arts and music of…

Meet Aimee Graham – INALJ Florida Assistant Editor

by Shelley Macon, Head Editor, INALJ Florida Meet Aimee Graham – INALJ Florida Assistant Editor Aimee Graham is the fabulous Assistant Editor of INALJ Florida. Her dedication and commitment have helped make the INALJ Florida page into the true “one-stop shop” for job hunting information professionals in the sunshine state. Shelley – What drew you…

Margaret Irons …Founder of LibraryJobs.ie

Naomi House’s interview with the Founder of LibraryJobs.ie, Margaret. Naomi:  How did you come to work for (or start) LibraryJobs.ie? Margaret:  LibraryJobs.ie had been on my mind for years. I even bought a domain name many years ago but it just never got off the ground. Many conversations with my friend Barry and years later it came…

Wanett Clyde …Success Story

All Jobs for INALJ can be found here: http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Updated daily Naomi House’s interview with success story Wanett. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Wanett:  I’m juggling a variety of positions at the moment. I submitted my application for the volunteer Social Media Manager position at Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York…

Emily Savageau …Success Story

All Jobs for INALJ can be found here: http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Updated daily Naomi House’s interview with success story Emily. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Emily:  I found my current job through my volunteer supervisor at the Two Harbors Public Library. She got an email about the position and forwarded it to me. Naomi: …

Seed Sharing Library-Akron-Summit County Public Library

by Dawn Thompson, Head Editor, INALJ Ohio Seed Sharing Library-Akron-Summit County Public Library An interview with Michele McNeal of the Akron-Summit County Public Library 1. How did the idea of the Seed Sharing Library come about? When did the library get started? Where did the idea come from?  Did you have any type of model…

Carla Sarratt …Success Story

My interview with success story and former INALJ Assistant Editor, Carla Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Carla:  I found the position on Glassdoor.com when I was performing my nightly INALJ duties in August.  It was listed as an intern position, but the title is librarian. Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to?…

Ricardo Figueroa …Success Story

My interview with INALJ success story, Ricardo Naomi: How did you find your current job? Ricardo: I found my current job using INALJ.  I had been keeping up with the listserv religiously in the last year. Naomi: Favorite library you have been to? Ricardo: This is a hard question, I feel that main branch libraries…

Matthew Kirby …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story and INALJ California Assistant Editor, Matthew. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Matthew:  I had friends from library school looking out for me, and one that was in-the-know told me about a position that would be opening soon.  She forwarded the posting to me the next day,…

Ielle Palmer …Writer and Professor

Naomi: What is your dream job and why? Ielle: My dream job is honestly what Neil Gaiman is doing. I’d love to be able to write prose, comic books and the occasional film or tv script. I just want to write, it’s all I ever wanted for as long as I can remember. Of course…

Joseph L. Annaruma …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Joseph. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Joseph:  Upon relocating to Virginia, I utilized INALJ, Indeed, Simply Hired and the Virginia Government Jobs websites. I actually found my current position as Maritime Specialist through the Virginia Gov.jobs website. Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to? Joseph:  I…

Sarah Lauderdale, Head of Reference

by Kristen Jaques, Head Editor, INALJ Maine Sarah Lauderdale, Head of Reference at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library Sarah Lauderdale is a seasoned library professional who has been happily employed in her dream job for over four years.  She loves writing fiction, exploring the beaches near her home, and taking care of her pet rescue rats. …

Michael McWilliams …Success Story

All Jobs for INALJ can be found here: http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Updated daily Naomi House’s interview with success story Michael. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Michael:  An email listing through the comm_lissa@eden.rutgers.edu group mailbox listing; guess I was at the right place at the right time and the job and I found each other.…

Lia Skalkos …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Lia. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Lia:  Right out of library school I found a part-time job working for my organization’s online publishing initiative. A few months later, we began talking about redesigning the website. I had taken user interface design and introductory web development courses…

Alex Lent …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Alex. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Alex:  I had a pretty good thing going when I applied for my current position. I was teaching and doing research at McGill University, where I was (and still am) a PhD student. Because I already had a job, I…

Christina Bell – Humanities Librarian

by Todd Simpson, Head Editor, INALJ New York City This is my interview with Christina Bell, Humanities Librarian at Bates College. Christina Bell – Humanities Librarian Todd:  How did you find your current job? Christina: I saw the listing on INALJ.com, at the same time that a librarian friend sent it to me. Todd:  Favorite library…

Jessica Schmidt …Success Story

My interview with success story Jessica Naomi: How did you find your current job? Jessica: I actually found my current job on Naomi’s I Need a Library Job daily list. I checked every one that came to my email and applied to this job on a whim because it was the last day they were…

Nico Carver …Success Story

My interview with success story Nico Naomi: How did you find your current job? Nico: I first saw the job listed on the inalj daily digest (now all online)! I immediately knew I wanted to apply. Over the next few days, many of my colleagues sent me the same job posting. I made sure to…

Lupita Sebastian-O’Brien …Success Story

All Jobs for INALJ can be found here: http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Updated daily Naomi House’s interview with success story Lupita. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Lupita:  So let take a crack at this… How I found my job…  Even before library school I had seen an add for a library assistant job and found…

Scottie Kapel …Success Story

All Jobs for INALJ can be found here: http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Updated daily Naomi House’s interview with success story Scottie, also INALJ’s Oregon Head Editor. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Scottie:  I ran into a former teacher of mine from high school shortly before I started the last semester of my MLIS program. She…

Terrence Martin … Information Literacy Coordinator/Social Science Liaison

By Jahala Simuel, Former Head Editor of INALJ Montana Terrence Martin … Information Literacy Coordinator/Social Science Liaison 1) What is your current position, and what are your duties? I am currently the Information Literacy Coordinator/Social Science Liaison at Winston-Salem State University. I am responsible for coordinating the O’K Scholar Institute twice a year, supervise media…

Savannah Gignac …Success Story

Savannah Gignac …Success Story Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Savannah:  I saw the job listed on Archives Gig. During the job search I also checked INALJ, ALA and SAA job listings. Naomi: Favorite library you have been to? Savannah:  I think my favorite would have to be the Monte Oliveto Maggiore, located in…

Lauren Swain Mosley, archivist at Jacksonville Historical Society

by Scottie Kapel, Head Editor, INALJ Oregon Interview with Lauren Swain Mosley, archivist at Jacksonville Historical Society Lauren Swain Mosley is the archivist for the Jacksonville Historical Society. She began working at the institution as an intern while pursuing her master’s in history and continued volunteering at the JHS Archives after completing her degree. Her…

Mike Rybak …Success Story

My interview with success story, Mike Naomi: How did you find your current job? Mike: I responded to a job listing on http://www.metrolibraries.net/res/jobline.html.  I had a good interview, and one of my former supervisors gave me a good reference. Naomi: Favorite library you have been to? Mike: My favorite library is the main Hennepin County…

Meet Sylvia Bly: INALJ California Assistant Editor

by Kiersten Bryant, Head Editor, INALJ California Meet Sylvia Bly: INALJ California Assistant Editor Kiersten:  How did you find your current job? Sylvia: Through Indeed.com, as well as subscribing to job postings from Wayne State University.  I do the searching for California [INALJ page] using Indeed.com, and tried it for the Michigan market. Kiersten: Favorite…

Lessa Pelayo-Lozada …Success Story

My interview with success story Lessa Naomi: How did you find your current job? Lessa: I originally saw the job posted on the CALIX listserv and then saw it posted again on the INALJ Daily Digest. The application was interesting because it had to be turned in completely via snail mail. No electronic copies would…

Poppy Louthan … Youth Services Librarian

by Melanie Masserant, Head Editor, INALJ NYC Poppy Louthan … Youth Services Librarian 1. Please tell INALJ readers about your position and responsibilities at Sacramento Public Library. I’m a Youth Services Librarian and Volunteer Coordinator at a county branch of Sacramento Public Library. The Youth Services part of my role includes serving ages birth-18 with…

Alexis Stapp …Success Story

My interview with success story, Alexis, success story and Head Editor, INALJ Minnesota Naomi: How did you find your current job? Alexis: I found my current job through LISjobs.com. I read about 40+ assorted RSS feeds, e-mail listservs, and INALJ (of course!) every day while I was searching. Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?…

Diana La Femina… Success Story

All Jobs for INALJ can be found here: http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Updated daily Naomi House’s interview with success story Diana. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Diana:  My best friend works at a large corporate bank, and she immediately called me when a position opened up. It wasn’t at all what I was looking for,…

Meet Amy Smith: INALJ Alabama Assistant Editor

by Rachael Altman, Head Editor, INALJ Alabama Meet Amy Smith: INALJ Alabama Assistant Editor and Circulation Supervisor at Troy University in Montgomery, AL Rachael: Favorite Library you have been to? Amy: Alden Library at Ohio University. Ohio University also has a Music & Dance Library, which is really awesome and unique. Rachael: Favorite book? Amy:…