My interview with INALJ success story Meghan!
Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Meghan: INALJ.com! Thanks to my friend, Kristen, for telling me about the listserv. I joined in early December, found the posting in mid-December, received an invitation to interview at the end of December, and received an offer by mid-January. Truly the fastest job search I’ve ever experienced!
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Meghan: I have a special place in my heart for the National Library of Ireland. I could spend hours sitting in the reading room just staring at the ceiling, nevermind perusing their materials.
Naomi: Favorite book(s)?
Meghan: Hands down: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It was my uncle’s favorite book and I got my own copy when I was 14. If I sold all my other books, I would keep that one for myself.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Meghan: I love how we’re in charge of puzzling out the answers, particularly when it comes to library technology. From e-books and the deep web to building digital libraries and providing virtual reference, there are so many unanswered questions in the field of librarianship. It’s our job to ask, “What’s the best way to approach this challenge?” We get to shape the future of the field.
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Naomi: In my Google Reader, I keep tabs on The Unquiet Librarian, ArchivesNext, and IREX Global Libraries. I’m always looking for more reading material, though!
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Meghan: Start early! The process takes longer than you’d expect. I began applying for jobs in September and I’m shocked that my search was this short. If a position seems slightly out of your reach, apply anyway. Don’t put yourself out of the running before they have a chance to screen you. Good luck!
Meg Duffy is a freshly-minted librarian (she graduated in December 2011). During her time at Queens College, she interned at MTV and the San Francisco Media Archive. Most recently, she landed a job as a consultant with the NYC firm AV Preservation Solutions. When she’s not assessing collections, she can be found running with North Brooklyn Runners, sewing dresses, and photographing street art.