My interview with another success story, Hannah Q. Parris!
Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Hannah: My husband found a job right out of grad school that moved us to California. After I finished up my last semester of grad school online it became painfully apparent just how dire the library situation was in California. After a year of no prospects (despite daily searches on INALJ & multiple other job resources), we decided to relocate again. We moved to Colorado in August, and after interviewing for a few jobs, working as a substitute at a public library and working in retail, I found my new library job in December through libraryjobline.org (The Colorado State Library job hunting resource)!
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Hannah: The Newberry Library in Chicago. I actually worked in Special Collections there while in graduate school, and it’s one of my favorite places in the world. Anyone over 16 can register for a reader’s card and request to view materials, including rare books, manuscripts, maps, and jeweled bindings. Go visit!
Naomi: Favorite book(s)?
Hannah: It depends on the day! I do love author Ron Rash for his short story collections. They are stark, heart-breaking, and incredibly beautiful portrayals of life in the Appalachian Mountains. Start with Burning Bright or Chemistry.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Hannah: Access. I love that libraries can provide access to so many resources for pleasure, work, research, and daily life. Libraries, librarians, and the technologies they employ can make such a difference to their user communities. Now we just have to do a better job of letting library users know the extent of our services and how they can benefit from them.
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Hannah: I recommend following library/info types on Twitter. It helps me stay up-to-date & see what my peers are doing, reading, trying, and gives me new ideas. I also have to say check out John & Hank Green on www.youtube.com/vlogbrothers. (DFTBA) They are clever, thoughtful, advocates of libraries, and definitely not just for the YA crowd.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Hannah: Don’t give up! Going for a long time without a job in your field can become demoralizing, so try to celebrate each small success. It truly is an accomplishment if you get asked for an interview, and even if you don’t get that position, you’ve gotten valuable interview practice for the next time. Meanwhile, try to connect with other info professionals & stay current!
Hannah is the new Access Services Librarian at a small university in Colorado. When not at the library, you can often find her watching the BBC, baking from scratch, crocheting, hiking, photo-blogging, exploring her new state with her husband, or generally spoiling her geriatric long-haired dachshund, Mr. Wilson.