Kaitlyn Lyons …Success Story

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My interview with INALJ success story, Kaitlyn

Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Kaitlyn: I found my current job posted on INALJ, but a co-worker also mentioned it to me. The first time I looked at it I thought there was no way I’d be qualified for it, but as I read it again I realized I really was. It’s a brand-new position so it will be a learning experience for me and my new colleagues.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Kaitlyn: I feel like I haven’t been to nearly enough! I love the Gettysburg College library because it’s comfortable, but I also really liked the Heinz History Center Library & Archives in Pittsburgh. It’s like being inside a ship! So beautiful.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Kaitlyn: I’ve always been a huge Wizard of Oz fan–it’s nice to escape sometimes 🙂

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Kaitlyn: It’s always changing and there’s always a mystery. That’s what I love about the library. It’s not static at all!

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Kaitlyn: I love the Awful Library Books because it’s a good laugh.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Kaitlyn: Promote yourself! And don’t be scared to be outside the box. I started my cover letters with a relevant personal story instead of the same old same old “I’m writing to be considered for XYZ position…”. It’s really best to be yourself so you’re comfortable and confident.

Kaitlyn was inspired to become a librarian while working as a student worker at the circulation desk of Musselman Library, Gettysburg College. After graduating from Gettysburg College in 2010 she enrolled in the iSchool at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently works in User Services at Musselman Library, but soon will begin a new job as Resource Sharing/EZBorrow Support Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania and PALCI. In her free time Kaitlyn enjoys making jewelry, the great outdoors, playing with dogs, and of course, reading books. Find her on Etsy!