Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Asheleigh: That is an excellent question. I am early enough in my career that I’m still feeling out what I’m passionate about. I know I really enjoy versatility in the workplace and am very interested in Technical Services Management. I think my dream job for the moment would be to work for the Smithsonian Libraries. I would work in any position they need filled. However, my ultimate dream job would be to be the director of a small historical society library or museum library.
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?
Asheleigh: Dancing! It has been a while, but I love to dance even if it’s just in my kitchen making dinner. It would be difficult to incorporate that particular hobby into my library job, but special collections are another pursuit of mine. It would be fun to create a performing arts special collection, including visual materials and costumes, which could be used as an exhibit to celebrate National Dance Day or the summer and autumn Performing Arts Weeks. If I worked for a public library, it would be fun to start a Let’s dance! program or that sort of idea to go along with First Lady Obama’s “Let’s move!” program.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Asheleigh: Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland. The Book of Kells was on exhibit while I was there and it was absolutely stunning (not to mention the actual Library itself which is gorgeous and worth seeing at least once). I would like the library in my future house to look like the Trinity Library, but with spiral staircases.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Asheleigh: I have way too many literary interests to choose one particular book as my favorite. However, I have read Oscar Wilde’s “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” multiple times and enjoy all of his work.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Asheleigh: The constant evolution of the library as a space and the quickly changing technology needed to meet the needs of patrons. It is interesting to see how libraries have developed into community centers and spaces for people to collaborate as well as places where patrons can utilize technologies that they may not be able to bring into their homes.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Asheleigh: Be patient and don’t give up. The job you need is out there waiting for you. Apply to as many positions you are interested in as possible. When one door closes, jump through the window.
I am the Catalog Librarian for the U.S. Census Bureau Library in Suitland, MD. I have a BA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College and an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am originally from Long Island, NY and, of course, I am a lifelong NY Yankees fan. My interests in librarianship have mostly focused on cataloging and special collections. Recently, I have found an interest in e-resources and digital libraries, especially in terms of the access that digital libraries and metadata provide for rare and special collections. Another of my side interests involves the library’s place in society and how the idea of the “Library” has evolved. However, I would like to obtain another Master’s Degree in the future. I am trying to decide between Archaeology, Marine Biology, Zoology, or Historic Preservation.