Christa Ruth-Coleman …In Six

My interview with INALJ success story, Christa

Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Christa: I found my current job through the INALJ digest! I looked through the states I was interested in and then went through the list of websites on the resource page. After so much time job searching, I had a bunch of interviews at once!

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Christa: My favorite library is probably the main branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. It’s a beautiful library and between all of their branches, I think they must have every book ever.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Christa: I can’t pick one favorite book. My favorites are probably the Weetzie Bat books by Francesca Lia Block, The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler and Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Christa: My favorite thing about libraries is that they provide so many valuable resources to people for free, services that people really need. There is not much left that is truly free and so useful to everyone, regardless of age. Librarians really care about reaching out to people and bringing communities together.

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Christa: Blogs/websites to follow: Pardon the name but I really love Really inspiring book related art.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Christa: My most important pieces of advice for job hunters are to not give up and stay involved in your field somehow. I would highly recommend volunteering somewhere if you are able. It keeps you in the field and motivated. It helps you remember all of the things you learned in school and people are so grateful for the help. You also meet awesome librarians who understand what you are going through and are willing to help you out.

Christa Ruth-Coleman is a contract library technician at the Library of Congress. She holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in English from Washington College. In her spare time, she makes tiny books, plays her ukulele and hangs out with her cat Rooney.