John Shank …Success Story

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Naomi House’s interview with success story John.

johnshankNaomi:  How did you find your current job?
John:  I was in a grant funded position at Bryn Mawr College Libraries and was looking for a permanent innovative position within the Mid-Atlantic region in and came across the job ad (I think it was from the Chronicle of Higher Ed) and thought it was a perfect match for my interests and experience.

Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to?
John:  I have been to a fair number of libraries and depending on the criteria you are using size, collections, architecture, etc… I probably would have a couple. However, I think I am very fortunate because I work at a library that fits my personality and is a vibrant hub of our college campus at Penn State Berks. To see the Thun Library and the Boscov-Lakin Information Commons click on the following link –

Naomi:  Favorite book?
John:  This question is like asking me which of my six kids is my favorite – I love them all and have no favorites. There are simply too many great books for me to answer this with one. Hope I don’t sound too much like a politician.

Naomi:  Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
John:  It can be a central place where a community comes together to discover, learn, and create.

Naomi:  Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
John:  I think it is crucial in today’s networked and fast paced world to join the stream of news, thoughts, insights, and information shared by other professionals via LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter. Choose the ones that most resonate with your interests and career. I currently am exploring social curation tools such as! I have a site for Blended Librarianship with this site at

Naomi:  Best piece of job hunting advice?
John:  If you make it to the interview process, make sure you learn all you can about the institution and staff in order to make sure it is a good fit for you and your personality. Best ways to do this are visit the website and identify staff then search Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook and the web in general for posts by library staff, and if possible make an advanced trip to the library before the Interview and talk to people to get a sense of the culture and community.