Naomi:What is your dream job and why?
Kelli: My dream job would be working as a metadata/cataloging librarian – my passion is accessibility, and I think metadata and cataloging go a long way in making electronic information accessible. (However, describing information so that it’s accessible means nothing if the website can’t be read by screen readers, so if I could throw web design into the mix, then that would be my dream job.) A portion of my dream job would need to include providing Outreach services, so that I can see firsthand what my customers need/like.
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?
Kelli: My favorite hobby is cooking – I love trying recipes from around the world: learning about new spices, flavors, & foods, learning the cooking methods of other cultures, and sitting down to read cookbooks, like others do novels, is how I spend free time. A library café (where I would make some of the food) or perhaps hosting a Talk Time after hours at the library (Talk Time = session where you have ESL practicing English with native speakers) – and having everyone bring a favorite dish from their childhood – that would be a very cool hobby-job integration.
Naomi:Favorite library you have been to?
Kelli: My all-time favorite library was the Lititz Public Library when I was little – I was maybe 5 years old? It was a beautiful old house converted into a library, with lots of windows, gorgeous wooden floors, and each room could be closed off with glass doors (those wooden doors with lots of little panes in them). But the best thing about the library was that I could go to the children’s section and pick out as many books as I wanted…and those books were mine for a whole week! My favorite library did not have my favorite librarian. That honor would go to my elementary school librarian, Mrs. Sensenig: not only did she care enough about us kids to suggest books she thought we might like (Reader’s Advisory for a 3rd grader… how neat is that!), but she was an amazing storyteller. She always left us hanging, stopping at a cliffhanger, and you had to wait until the following week to find out what happened – what wonderful agony!
Kelli: Tie between Tolkien’s The Hobbit & Dickens’ David Copperfield.
Naomi:Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Kelli:My favorite thing about libraries is that any information out there can be made available to anyone. While some people seem to think you need a big, elaborate treatise to properly explain what Intellectual Freedom “is”, I think I.F. can be summed up in that single sentence. My favorite thing about library technology is that (1) digitization can make formerly inaccessible and/or rare items available to everyone; (2) accessibility for people with print and other disabilities will only increase from here on out.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Kelli: Believe in yourself, and use all your history – school, work, volunteer, and personal experiences – to create narratives that reflect the skills and values that the employer is seeking. And practice, practice, practice telling those narratives!
Bio: I will be earning my MLIS degree this December, and although I enjoy everything about librarianship, the aspects that interest me most are: metadata & cataloging, outreach, increasing accessibility for people with print disabilities, and emerging technology. I’m currently interning with Sno-Isle Libraries as a Metadata & Cataloging librarian; I also work at Sno-Isle as a front-line staff member.
I originally started out as an Accounting major and then, after relocating to WA, switched paths and earned a B.S. degree from the UW School of Forestry. I eventually ended up working as a PSA at a public library and realized that librarianship was my true calling. After having [almost] completed my MLIS program, I can’t imagine doing anything else. My dream job would be working as a Metadata-Cataloging librarian combined with the opportunity to perform Outreach services. Since I want to be well-rounded, I’m also currently seeking out neighborhood daycare centers so that I can practice my storytelling and children’s programming skills. (PS: Kelli’s work on INALJ is invaluable- naomi