My interview with Stephanie Altbier. Stephanie also wrote an article on Frequently Asked Interview Questions for INALJ.com
Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Stephanie: I found the job announcement for the Digital Library Technician at the National Park Service on the University of Maryland ISchoolDiscussion listserv.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Stephanie: I like the University of Maryland McKeldin Library in College Park, Maryland, because the librarians distribute floor maps illustrating where to find all of the resources. In addition, all of the librarians are very knowledgeable about the collection. They are always pleasant and very helpful to assist patrons in finding what they need.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Stephanie: The Information and Knowledge Professional’s Career Handbook: Define and create your success by SLA members Ulla de Stricker and Jill Hurst-Wahl is an excellent reference book for growing your librarian, information professional career.
Also, I like the book Career Comeback: Repackage yourself to get the job you want by Lisa Johnson Mandell. She provides tips on revving up your resume, web presence, wardrobe and youthful tips for looking fabulous for your interview.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Stephanie: My favorite thing about public libraries is the remote access to databases made available to library card holders. When I worked for the Food and Drug Administration, I had a literature search request that required business databases to complete the request. In addition to using FDA’s DialogSelect database, I used my public library card for the Montgomery County Public Libraries in Maryland to gain remote access to their business databases. I received high praise from the patron and my supervisor for taking the initiative to expand my research beyond the FDA collection.
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Stephanie: I find the articles posted on Libgig.com are very informative about interviewing tips, improving your resume, and job searching advice. I read these articles daily.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Stephanie: I have found networking to be very valuable. I learn about contract agencies that work with the federal government or get referred to someone else to contact, and sometimes get my resume critiqued.
I belong to the majority of the LinkedIn Librarian groups, and I read all of the discussions. I find there is a wealth of job search tips, resume advice and interviewing tips from individuals and articles. I always make copies of the articles and comments I want to permanently keep for a reference.
I am fortunate that the National Park Service offers government job searching tips training and resume writing training. The government wants to read a very detailed resume about every job you held. The average length of a government resume is at least 5 pages.
Stephanie Altbier has nine years of experience working as a librarian, information professional in traditional library settings in the federal government and the private sector. My expertise is in conducting medical literature searches, synthesizing results and writing summary reports for the patron. I teach patrons life-long search skills to retrieve electronic resources. I organize and catalog resources for patrons to easily locate and retrieve resources, build collections to keep resources current, and fulfill interlibrary loan requests for patrons to complete their projects. I manage electronic serials subscription license renewals and resolved access problems by maintaining a close working relationship with serials subscriptions vendors. I write comprehensive operations manuals for library staff’s reference. I review digitized records to document errors to be corrected to guarantee historical accuracy.