Sylvia Bly …In Six

My interview with success story Sylvia


Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Sylvia: Fairly sure it was the INALJ digest. I am a fellow volunteer for the Maine and Maryland sections, and I take a peek at Michigan every time!

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Sylvia: I like the Skillman Branch of the Detroit Public Library. It was located close to where I worked at downtown, and I would walk there on my lunch break. I am a history nut, and I prefer older buildings. Unfortunately, there is not many of them left.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Sylvia: The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is currently fighting with the Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin as a preference.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Sylvia: A place of refuge for some peace and quiet! Even from your own home! You can surf the Internet, play your tunes (with headphones, of course!) or browse the collection for books that you may be interested in.

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Sylvia: I like the MelCat network http://elibrary.mel.org/search. I cannot tell you how many people don’t realize they have access to this! I also like The Librarian in Black http://librarianinblack.net/librarianinblack/. Hilarious, but truthful!

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Sylvia: Do not, I repeat, do not rely on your degree to get that library job. If you do, you will be waiting for a long time. If you do not have the experience, find an internship, or volunteer. If you have past experience in another career, than fall back on that until you do find position that you want!

Hi! I’m Sylvia Bly. I am a BBA graduate of Franklin University in Columbus, OH (completely online!). I just recently graduated from Wayne State University with my MLIS and a Graduate Certificate in Records Information Management (also completely online!). I could not have done them without the Internet! I have been in the administrative field for a long time, and was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to complete my education. I love doing cross-stitch and crossword puzzles! I live in Fraser, MI, with a large ragdoll cat named Cassie and my significant other of seven years, Daniel.