My interview with Rachel Alexandra Tutera- fabulous librarian with an equally fabulous Tumblr.
Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Rachel: I recently read the article in Archival Outlook about the Tupac Shakur Collection at Atlanta University and felt a wave of something that could be described as a realization that someone else has my dream job. Since this person has already processed Tupac’s papers, I’ll say my dream job is to develop my own collections and to curate them for an audience greater than the people who already know me in a space greater than my apartment. And to be interviewed about it by Michele Martin on Tell Me More.
Naomi: What blogs should we be reading?
Rachel: 16th Street which the Center for Jewish History recently launched to showcase its work and the collections of its five partner organizations (American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research).
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Rachel: The Reanimation Library which can usually be found in the Proteus Gowanus Complex in Brooklyn, but from January 23rd through March 9th, it’ll be housed at the Museum of Modern Art.
Naomi: Favorite book(s)?
Rachel: Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS). Just kidding. Probably Autobiography of Red (Anne Carson), Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf) and Fun Home (Alison Bechdel, who has the brain of an archivist).
Naomi: Favorite thing about library technology?
Rachel: That (like all technology), it’s user-driven but the miracle of library technology is that it’s free.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Rachel: I know many of us don’t find full-time work as soon as we’d like to after graduating from library school. My advice is not to underestimate the value of any kind of work, whether it be part-time, project-based or volunteer-based. Keep busy and you’ll keep learning. When you do see full-time work in which you’re interested, you’ll have the right experience and momentum to apply well, interview well and ultimately perform that job well. Good luck everyone!
Rachel Alexandra Tutera is a Project Archivist at the Center for Jewish History. She holds a B.A. in English from Fordham University and both an M.S.L.I.S. and Archives and Records Management Certificate from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science. Rachel has worked exclusively in archives since graduating from the Palmer School in 2010, and while she is a non-practicing librarian, she firmly believes in a future in which she will temporarily retire her Micro Spatula and talk to patrons. Until then, you can find her processing papers in Manhattan, or working on writersbeingreal.tumblr.com and YouGoGirls in Brooklyn.