Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Stephanie: Some of my library-related passions are digital outreach and digital reference. Thankfully, I have been fortunate enough to do both throughout my library career.
Naomi: If you could take any of your hobbies and create a job out of them or integrate it into your job what would it be? And how?
Stephanie: I’m very passionate about baking! I used to oversee a baking blog, but it was a little too time-consuming to balance that along with studying and interning. I’ve been to a few meetups where people swap books while snacking on baked goods. That would definitely be the ideal combination of my interests. I’m also an avid crafter and I love when when libraries offer crafting clubs or workshops.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Stephanie: My hometown library provides me with nostalgia while the Library of Congress and the British Library provide me with inspiration and awe.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Stephanie: It’s difficult for me to choose just one book as my favorite. I’ve always been a fan of Neil Gaiman. Besides his books, his writing style shines in his hilarious tweets. The most interesting book I have read this year is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Also, I recently read two collections of short stories—We Others: New and Selected Stories as well as Orientation: And Other Stories—and loved them both.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Stephanie: I simply love that libraries are true community centers. I can find everything I am looking for all in one place.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Stephanie: It’s never too late to start networking! Also, take advantage of student conference rates. I’ve made some great connections (now friends) at conferences, who have not only provided me with encouragement during my job search, but sent me job leads as well. I would also recommend getting in touch with alumni from your school. In my experience, alumni love hearing from current students. Overall, information professionals are very friendly so don’t be afraid to reach out to others.
Stephanie Sendaula is a second-year MSLIS student at the iSchool at Drexel, focusing on Digital Libraries as well as Library and Information Services. She has a background in web development and plans to continue to use those skills as a specialist in reference and instruction at her hometown library in New Jersey. She can be reached at @sendualas (http://twitter.com/sendaulas) or @DrexelDUSAA (http://twitter.com/DrexelDUSAA).