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.