Reposted from 2/14/12
Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Lauren: Through the “I Need a Library Job” list. I checked it every day until I found a job I was qualified for and that would allow me to work in an archival environment. When I found the position, I didn’t hesitate. I applied immediately. Job openings are competitive these days, and you have to jump at a position if you want it.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Lauren: The national library in Athens, Greece. Not only do they have beautiful collections, but the architecture is breathtaking.
Naomi: Favorite book(s)?
Lauren: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” by Salman Rushdie, and “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. I love the classics, fantasy, historical fiction, and books that remind me of my childhood.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Lauren: The best thing about libraries is that you can always find multiple books you want to read. And they’re all free!
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Lauren: I’ll pop on Twitter and browse postings from #libday8, where librarians tweet sporadically about their workdays. It can be really funny, even informative. It’s a way to build a great sense of community.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Lauren: I know it’s cliché, but it’s true: persistence pays off. Be willing to make sacrifices to get your foot in the door. And network! Networking pays off a thousand fold in the end. The lead archivist I interviewed with happened to know the librarian I interned under last semester. Having her name on my resume gave the archivist and I a talking point and a connection.
My name is Lauren Rasmussen, and I’m from San Diego, CA. I recently interviewed for and started a position at the San Diego History Center working as their new student processor. I’ll be assisting in the creation of finding aids and organization of several of the library’s collections to help make them more accessible to the public.
I’m currently in my last semester in SJSU’s MLIS program. It wasn’t until I graduated from the University of San Diego in 2009 that I realized I wanted to be a librarian. I originally wanted to go into publishing, but after an internship at a literary agency, I discovered that the industry too business centered for me. When I graduate from SJSU, I hope to pursue a career in archives and preservation work.
Editors note: Lauren was promoted in July 2012!- Naomi