My interview with success story, David
Naomi: How did you find your current job?
David: I was regularly checking USAjobs and I also saw the job in the INALJ daily listing. I definitely found it useful to check both of those resources as well as Indeed.com to see available jobs.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
David: The Tretter Collection at the University of St. Paul. They have built underground storage facilities to archive materials. The storage facilities are large enough to hold two aircraft carriers.
Naomi: Favorite book?
David: So hard to choose – so many good books. What comes to mind is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. It was a great read – I laughed out loud and also cried.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
David: The ability of finding what the patron wants using technology, networking with other librarians and sometimes a lot of determination.
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
David: Government Info Pro is great. I recently rediscovered the Internet Public Library –www.ipl.org
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
David: Apply for every job that interests you. Put your best foot forward, be honest and play to your strengths. Also have a clear idea in mind of what you want – location, minimum salary, environment etc.
I have always explained that I fell into being a librarian. I went to work for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the library. Initially I checked in serials and opened the mail. My abilities led to my becoming the Cataloger and I began working with the library’s databases and built our first OPAC. Eventually I enrolled at University of Maryland and completed my MLS in 2000.
I have worked in all areas of librarianship – Technical Services, Reference, Electronic Services Acquisitions and even some Administrative work. I have benefited from working with some very talented professionals who have taught me a lot.
This week I started as Command Librarian with the US Army Corps of Engineers where I will be working with Corps librarians around the country.
I live in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC and am active with church and community groups. I am still interested in film and theatre. I play piano and also play trombone with a local community band. Read meat http://www.librarybuzz.blogspot.com/