My interview with success story, Laurie
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Laurie: The one in Montpelier, VT. It has the old charm of how libraries were.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Laurie: Lad, a dog by Albert P. Terhune.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Laurie: The technology brings the patron closer to the information and the librarian more efficient which to me is amazing and wonderful.
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Laurie: I don’t have time to follow any.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Laurie: Apply to everything you can as quickly as you can and belong to a networking group or listserv so you can hear about jobs before they hit the papers.
In 1977 I graduated Pratt Institute Grad. School of Library Science and began my career in the Jersey City Public Library in the children’s department as a reference librarian. I rose through the ranks to become the Branch Head of one of their large libraries. I retired from there in 1990 for family reasons.
I returned to work as a librarian in the Union Township School System in a pre-k through 4th grade elementary school. It was a tight schedule during which I taught library and study skills. Budget cuts ended that position and in 1997 I worked at Oratory Prep in summit, nj creating a new library with automation and computers.
Since that position was eliminated I have worked at Highland Park Middle School and Carteret Middle School. Presently I am the media specialist at Abraham Clark High School, in Roselle, NJ. The goal is to make the library/media center the hub of the school.