Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Brian: Being a librarian on a ship community like Freedom Ship. I would enjoy the travel and service to members of a ship community.
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?
Brian: I would become the bike-riding circuit law librarian to a community that had branch law libraries I could bike to and from.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Brian: New York Public Library.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Brian: Far too many to list – I know it’s cliché, but it’s true. I love the prose of Oscar Wilde though – few modern authors write that way anymore.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Brian: I find helping people learn and discover the most compelling part of libraries. Libraries and information is the key that can set people in motion of new horizons and journeys that will last a lifetime.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Brian: Find creative ways to make connections and make it fun. At parties, educational events, conferences, church, or the local public library. Be genuinely interested in the other person and think of ways to help them before you ask for help.
Brian Huffman is a lawyer turned law librarian. After over a decade of private practice, Brian became Washington County’s law librarian in 2008. Brian feels a primary goal of county law libraries is to develop programs that provide access to legal resources and assistance for pro se litigants. He serves on executive and special interest section committees for the American Association of Law Libraries, Minnesota Association of Law Libraries and is presently the Chair of the Minnesota Coalition of County Law Libraries. Brian has presented at national and local conferences. He received his JD from Drake University and his MLIS degree from St. Catherine University. Through Brian’s assistance, Washington County received a LSTA grant that develops training and legal assistance for the public and public librarians. Brian’s most enjoyable aspect of his career is utilizing his skills and experience to assist the community at large.