A Success Story!
Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Callie: I found a posting through the Pacific Northwest Library Association (which is now covered by INALJ!).
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Callie: Vancouver Public Library’s Carnegie Branch, where I spent many hours reading paperbacks and people watching, and where I first seriously entertained the thought of becoming a librarian.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Callie: Right now it would have to be Evgeny Morozov’s “The Net Delusion”. I am really interested in how the Internet shapes and informs our day to day lives as individuals, and I think Morozov’s arguments open up some new ways to think about our personal digital footprints as well as the larger impacts of the Internet in society. I’m not always in agreement, but I like the way it is making me think.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Callie: I love that libraries are shaped by their users and by the librarians and other professionals who work in them. These places, which should be essentially the same, actually develop their own character through the interactions that take place in them. I think that’s such an exciting process and I am lucky to be a part of it!
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Callie: My first piece of advice is a no-brainer: Keep at it! I applied to almost 100 positions before finally landing a permanent, full-time library job, which just happens to be almost my exact dream job! Secondly, write a cover letter tailored to the job posting. It’s boring, it’s hard, but it gets you interviews!
Callie is about to start her first job as a librarian at Wetaskiwin Public Library in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. She graduated with an MLIS from the University of Alberta in 2011. She has worked as a library clerk, a practical nurse, a special needs assistant, a store clerk, and a garbagewoman, among other things. She speaks English and French, enjoys knitting, video games, Oxford commas, and epic romances, and hates bananas.