Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Francesca: My dream job would be something that utilizes all librarian type skills — cataloging, reference, collection development, etc. — like a solo librarian (but perhaps with another person or two, since I have had the good fortune to have great coworkers). I’ve enjoyed cataloging and now I like doing reference…but I still miss cataloging. So far during my career I’ve been lucky to be able to try my hand at a variety of things. I feel more “professionally complete” for having done so and it seems to make the day go by faster. Now if I can only land a librarian job like that, I’ll be able to build up and keep up these important skill sets…
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?
I enjoy cooking, but probably couldn’t keep up with the demand of cooking for the public. In the midst of all this home improvement stuff, I’ve been thinking that maybe I should be a builder/crafts(wo)man/decorator, or something that uses my hands, purchasing smarts, and attention to detail. I would probably put myself out there (WOM, crafty marketing) as an independent and inexpensive hobbyist for hire. Suppose a library would hire me to assemble and furnish their space? :)
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Francesca: National Library of Ireland — so official, so historical, so quiet.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Francesca: Princess Gorilla and a New Kind of Water (I’m having a hard time thinking of an adult favorite, but this is a childhood favorite)
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Francesca: Information is all around you!
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Francesca: Build up an endurance. The job market is not so fantastic nowadays. You have to apply to every potential job with internal enthusiasm (which should translate to a little external enthusiasm if you’re selected for an interview!) and make sure you really present yourself as a competent and skilled person each and every time. Keep your eyes peeled, use your resources, and don’t give up!
Francesca Francis (CUA SLIS 2010) is a library associate at the information services desk in the Cumberland County Public Library network in North Carolina. When she’s not helping people with computer troubleshooting, she’s showing them the awesome tools and resources available through the library system. Originally trained and having worked as an enthusiastic cataloger, she is enjoying the flip side of library services. She lives in the middle of the state with her husband, where they’re both very busy fixing up their new house.