My interview with success story, Ken
Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Ken: By devotedly searching through the links on the New York state INALJ Jobs Page.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Ken: That’s a tough question! While I was amazed and humbled by a tour of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York, I find that the library of my previous employment, the Lackawanna Public Library, embodies the spirit of the small community public library. Its colonial styling, beautiful oak wood work and cozy atmosphere make it one of my favorites.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Ken: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Ken: While it may sound a bit idealistic, I am really taken by the idea of the library being the university of the public. The free access to information by people of all backgrounds is really a powerful concept.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Ken: Persistence. For the dozens of jobs that I’ve applied for, it made getting my new job all the more worthwhile. Each rejection letter or lack of response was an opportunity for me to retune and perfect my cover letter and resume for the next application. Hang in there and something great is bound to come your way!
A native of the Buffalo area, I am a recent graduate of the Library and Information Studies program at the University at Buffalo. My undergraduate degree was in film studies, which lead to a passing intrigue with film restoration and from there to the pursuit of an M.L.S. and a passion for librarianship. Soon after graduation, I was hired as a part time outreach librarian at the Central Library in downtown Buffalo, NY and as a part time reference and programming librarian at the Lackawanna Public Library in Lackawanna, NY. Thanks to INALJ, I found, applied for, landed and will soon start a new job as a Systems/Assessment Librarian at SUNY Brockport. Outside of the library, you will find me being preoccupied with classic and antique cars, Russian culture, classic films and 20th century history.
Originally published 7/12/12 and entitled Ken Wierzbowski …In Six