Carla Sarratt …In Six

An interview with Carla Sarratt

Naomi:What is your dream job and why?
Carla:My dream job would definitely be at the Library of Congress. All of those books, history, and culture in one big building? Yes, please.

Naomi:If you could take any of your hobbies and create a job out of them or integrate it into your job what would it be? And how?
Carla:My hobby is reading. So it would be great to sit and read books all day long at the Library of Congress. I could then recommend books that visitors to the LOC should check out.

I also love traveling. It would be great if the Library of Congress hired me to be a traveling Library of Congress promoter. Then there’s my addiction to Facebook and Twitter. I would be awesome doing social media for a library of any kind. I could make connections between the library that I work for and other libraries out there.

Naomi:Favorite library you have been to?
Carla:So far it is Imaginon, the children’s and teen’s library in Charlotte, North Carolina, but I hope to visit libraries in Denmark and Sweden next summer as a part of the study abroad program for North Carolina Central University’s MLS students. Imaginon has cool and educational spaces for children and teens inside and outside of the library. http://www.imaginon.org/

Naomi: Favorite book?
Carla:Asking me for my favorite book is like asking a parent to name their favorite child. I love to read fiction primarily, but I also enjoy biographies. I will tell you 5 of the best books I’ve read in the last 5 years and recommend to others on a frequent basis and/or talk about feverishly when I hear or see someone else reading it: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Perfect Peace by Daniel Black, and 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter. I admit I had difficulty even giving you just those 5 titles because I left off Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney and Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Naomi:Favorite thing about libraries/library technology?
Carla:I love that libraries are an important part of the community and that libraries offer so much to its patrons for free. I adore seeing kids come in to the library with their parents ready to pick out more books.

Naomi:Best piece of job hunting advice?
Carla:Network, network, network. Have an idea of what you want to do professionally, but be open to new opportunities that you never thought of as a career as well as working in a new city.

Carla Sarratt is a native of Cleveland, Ohio who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and psychology from Wittenberg University. Currently she is pursuing a Master of Library Science degree at North Carolina Central University. She is active with the student ALA and SLA chapters on campus. She aspires to work as a librarian for the federal government after graduation in December 2012. When school is not in session, she enjoys reading fiction in copious amounts and coming up with new ways to procrastinate on the Internet.

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list INALJ.com (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ.com. INALJ has had over 19.5 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro. She presents whenever she can, most recently thrice at the American Library Association's Annual Conference as well as breakout talk presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa and as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting, at the National Press Club, McGill University, the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has relocated to being nomadic. She runs her husband’s moving labor website, KhanMoving.com, fixes and sells old houses and assists her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food as well. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 

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