Bobbi Newman …In Six

My interview with Librarian by Day, Bobbi Newman

Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Bobbi: I recently returned to school full time to pursue my Masters in Public Policy. So much of the work I was doing was related to the digital divide and 21st century literacies, I kept running into issues surrounding public policies which made me start thinking about returning to school. I just began my second semester and I love the work, especially applying it to libraries and introducing my classmates & instructors to library issues. I would have to say that my dream job would be something related to public policy, libraries and bridging the digital divide.

Naomi: What blogs should we be reading?
Bobbi: Of course any of the blogs I write for! Librarian by Day, the Libraries and Transliteracy Project, at LibraryRenewal or on the Transliteracy Research Group. I Seriously this is a hard one because I think it depends on what your interests are. I really enjoy Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. I ready her book about 2 years ago and it really changed how approach things, reading her blog reminds me regular to be happier. DML Central is great if you’re interested in research surround social media and 21st century literacies. I would recommend Steve Thomas’ Circulating Ideas podcast, Steve interviews a different librarian every month and he has a great line up! I also skim the Harvard Business Review blogs, there is so much that it would be impossible to read all of them, at least for me, but I get some great things by skimming for what catches my eye.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Bobbi: Without naming names I’ll confess that I’m fan of beautiful old libraries. I know that new open spaces and community centers are in, and rightfully so, but I love the library buildings of my childhood.

Naomi: Favorite book(s)?
Bobbi: Wow this is hard. I love the Song of Ice and Fire series from George R.R. Martin. I discovered them when HBO began Game of Thrones. Anything by Mary Roach, though Bonk might be my favorite. For a classic Pride and Prejudice. I tend to read more nonfiction for that Blink, Predictably Irrational, the Geography of Bliss, The Big Moo, The No Asshole Rule, Drive by Daniel Pink, Brag by Peggy Klaus.

Naomi: Any tips on surviving/thriving in library school?
Bobbi: As someone who is currently in school full-time I would say pace yourself and don’t procrastinate!

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Bobbi: Remember this is a two way street, it is just as important that you like them as it is that they like you. It can be easy when you’re job hunting, especially if you’ve been at it a while, to feel like you just want them to like you and that you’ll take any job you’re offered. A job is more than your job description, it’s the team you’ll be working with, your supervisor and your colleagues and upper management. Pay attention to those things and be aware of any red flags.

Bobbi is passionate about 21st century literacies and the role of all libraries in equal access and opportunity for all. Her professional interests include digital and technology based services, the digital divide, and improving existing services through expanding traditional methods, while creating innovative new practices.

On the personal side, she is on a never-ending quest for the perfect pair of shoes.

Bobbi was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal in 2011. Her professional involvements and accomplishments include founding and coordinating the semi-annual Library Day in the Life Project. She is a contributing editor and advocate at Library Renewal. In 2010 she co-founded Transliteracy Interest Group, LITA, ALA and currently serves as co-chair. Bobbi co-founded and writes for the Libraries and Transliteracy Project. She was recently invited to be a contributor on the Transliteracy Research Group. She is the LITA representative on the ALA OITP Digital Literacy Task Force and serves as an ALA Councilor-at-Large and on the OITP Advisory Committee.

She shares her passions by consulting and speaking at local, national, and international conferences. She writes at Librarian by Day.