Rachel Collins …In Six

Naomi: What is your dream job and why? 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?
Rachel: My most ambitious answer would be to work as a curator at MoMA. I’ve always been passionate about art and I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than strolling around a museum or attending a great lecture. I studied art history as an undergrad and am considering pursuing another Master’s degree in museum studies, thanks to my unwavering enthusiasm. And being a librarian has honed my research skills, which could only help my cause, right?

I have one all-consuming hobby – I knit. I’d love to own a local yarn shop, and you can be confident that it would have an amazing, well-organized collection of books.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Rachel: The George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore is utterly, overwhelmingly gorgeous. My jaw still drops every time I go there.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Rachel: Just one? My favorites are “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer, anything by Joan Didion and Lorrie Moore, and “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries / library technology?
Rachel: It’s simplistic, but my favorite thing about libraries is that they make information freely accessible. When I was a kid, I had an insatiable appetite for books, but my parents didn’t have a lot of money to spend on them. Having access to literature really shaped me as a child, and I owe most of that to my local library.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Rachel: Be persistent! Yes, this current job market can be terribly frustrating, but don’t quit sending out resumes and finding new ways to market yourself. Also, take advantage of your library association memberships by attending networking events and using their online resources at a discount.

Added 7/10/2012
Naomi: Any blogs or websites we should be following?
Rachel: Here’s a shortlist of blogs/sites I love and read daily!
Hack Library School – hacklibschool.wordpress.com – for the freshest insight on the future of libraries
Librarian Wardrobe – librarianwardrobe.com – for fun, quirky, stylish librarians
Oh Happy Day! – ohhappyday.com – for great design inspiration
The 42 – the42bus.blogspot.com – for NW DC-centric chatter
The Hairpin – thehairpin.com – for progressive ladies with a sense of humor
The Morning News – themorningnews.org – for short stories, thoughtful news articles, and links around the web
Smitten Kitchen – smittenkitchen.com – for the most delicious recipes ever

Rachel is a Development Researcher at Georgetown University’s Office of Advancement in Washington, DC. She holds a Master of Library Science degree from the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park and a dual BA in Art History and Film Theory from Towson University in Baltimore. Rachel dabbled in digital archiving, cataloging, and academic librarianship prior to her current role (which she found on INALJ!). Outside of work, you can find Rachel exploring DC, knitting, and blogging about knitting at http://bmore-crafty.com