My interview with success story Matt Shangler
Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Matt: I was previously employed as a Library Assistant at the Duke Medical Library and learned of the Archivist vacancy through an internal announcement.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Matt: It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the Tombstone City Library in Arizona is certainly high on my list. When I visited this past December, I was not expecting to see a library in this historic, Western town.
Naomi: Favorite book(s)?
Matt: For pleasure reading, the Chet and Bernie mystery series by Spencer Quinn. The main characters are a washed-up detective (Bernie) and his dog, Chet. I love a good mystery and a series narrated by a dog is just icing on the cake!
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Matt: I am most fascinated by the application of social media to archival outreach and marketing. Social media has expanded access and visibility of collections and is a positive force for emphasizing the importance of the user in processing.
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Matt: Kate Theimer’s site, www.archivesnext.com, deals specifically with “Archives 2.0” – Web 2.0 technology applied to archival work, outreach and vision. And, since I love puns and geeky humor, George Takei’s facebook page for a daily laugh :)
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Matt: Networking through internships and volunteering. Everybody knows somebody so don’t let these connections go to waste! If you seek out opportunities and work hard at them, you will always be rewarded with more opportunities. Also, be persistent and don’t get discouraged. I was out of grad school almost two years before I got a job in my field. It may seem like an eternity before you finally land something, but persistence pays off in the end!
I just started as Assistant Archivist at the Duke University Medical Archives. I graduated in May 2010 from North Carolina State University with a Masters in Public History. When not at the archives, I love staying active and being outdoors. My favorite pass-times are photographing motorsports events, trail riding, and spending time with my girlfriend, Jami, and our two dogs, Roscoe and Sadie.