My interview with INALJ success story, Sarah
Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Sarah: INALJ! I had just gotten a rejection phone call and decided the best way to stay positive was to scour INALJ for the rest of the day. Within a week I had an interview set up, and within a month I had my very first professional , full-time position!
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Sarah: The Free Library of Philadelphia. I love the architecture, the grandiose feel of the building… Plus, it’s the Free Library. In the City of Brotherly Love. The history of the organization and the original vision for it has always been fascinating to me, so being able to physically visit it was very gratifying.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Sarah: So many! But, the books I read again and again and never get tired of are Catch-22, The Giver, and Ender’s Game.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Sarah: Two things: I love the library’s role as a community center and a place people feel comfortable getting help and accessing information. Second, that library technology is expanding to encompass as many people as possible in its’ sphere of access. Libraries have been enriching, instructing, and entertaining people for thousands of years; and through technology we are expanding our reach! I fully believe that in my lifetime internet access and library technological advances will make it possible for anyone, on any point of the globe, to access the information they seek. I’m excited to be a part of that.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Sarah: Broaden your search parameters. Librarians have great skill sets, and we can be useful in a number of places outside the library. Only a lucky few get their dream job as their first job, the rest of us have to get experience somewhere so that dream job is within reach in a few years.
Sarah Thomas was the Campus Librarian at Everest University’s South Orlando Campus. She received her MLIS with Graduate Certificates in Museum Studies and Reference Services from Florida State University in December 2011, and holds her B. A. in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Central Florida. When taking time out from being a meticulous researcher and organizer of everything from theses to sock drawers, Sarah loves to cook, run, and hone her green thumb (which she is proud to say is no longer completely brown). She recently became a Reference Librarian in Lee County.
Formerly entitled Sarah Thomas …In Six and published on 7/20/12