Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Angela: When I was an undergraduate, I wanted the big title and with lots of money. Fast forward 14 years and two kids, I’m all about LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. I don’t want to be traveling in Washington, DC area traffic. To be honest, I considered my first job out of library school my dream job. I was a librarian at a news library where we were researching and writing content on topics I truly enjoy. It also had a collegial team of librarians, a supervisor whose management style I liked and the library employed the latest technology. Also when you’re in the middle of Georgetown (the neighborhood), what’s not to like.
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?
Angela: My favorite hobby is history. I love history as much as Homer Simpson loves doughnuts. I love reading about it, talking about it, watching documentaries, though I’ve never tried reenacting – and I’m not sure I would want to try it. For example I can’t wear wool, so Civil War reenactment would out of the question… The “how” part is hard to answer. At the news library, we research topics that I found interesting like history, politics, religion etc.
However, I’m not sure how to create or recreate that type of job again.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Angela: For sentimental reasons, I like the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, because my parents would take me and my brothers there when I was growing up. I really like going to a branch library in Reykjavik on my honeymoon because well…it’s Iceland. The Huntington Library in San Marino is really cool and I liked visiting the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s library when I was out in California. Recently, most of sojourning in libraries have been to visit the Children’s Section, so I think my daughter would give a shout out to the Greenbelt branch of the Prince George’s Memorial Library System. And I think my son appreciates it has a changing table (I know I do).
Naomi: Favorite book?
Angela: I’ve always been a member of the reality based community, so my favorite books are usually non-fiction: biographies, history, politics, etc. However my favorite fiction books have been ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ by Arthur Golden, which I still read over and over though the movie was a disappointment. Also ‘The Mists of Avalon’ by Marion Zimmer Bradley due to the strong women characters in the story. I hope to someday pass that book along to my daughter.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Angela: I like that libraries can be a great equalizer. The information is there for anyone, whether your Bill Gates of Redmond, WA or Bill Gates of Brooklyn, NY. Getting a library card is free and an individual has a right to any book or some other media (unless it has been banned). Library technology furthers breaks down those barriers.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Angela: It’s something I’ve been thinking about recently. I think one should come up with an “elevator speech” about themselves. Basically its selling the product (in this case, you) by the time you get to your floor on a elevator. Usually interviews start off with “tell me about yourself” or some iteration of that, and job seekers go to job fairs where you don’t have a lot of face time, or you can use it in networking. You can always change it depending the job your
interviewing for…but since interviews are always about first
impressions, you have something in your arsenal that displays your
skills and shows confidence. I’m still working on this advice
Angela Prikockis has been a librarian for over five years. She was a librarian at U.S. News & World Report where her responsibilities included ILL, research and reference, and cataloging. She also wrote content for usnews.com including profiles on Karl Rove and Jerry Falwell. Angela also worked as a research specialist for a trade association where she produced competitive intelligence and market research for manufacturing companies. Currently she works at InfoCurrent where her assignments have included being a solo librarian at a major environmental organization and a reference librarian at a federal agency. Angela received her MSLS from The Catholic University of America in 2005.