Naomi: What made you interested in blogging for Hack Library School?
Rose: I’d been following Hack Library School since it began as a wiki and guest posted early on, but I was too scared of committing myself to writing for it. I loved that library students all over were analyzing issues I was thinking about, and Hack Library School provides a great space for discussion. I finally committed to writing after talking to Micah Vandegrift in person at ALA this summer, and I haven’t looked back since. The blog definitely needed a perspective from an online student, as well as someone with a focus in archives.
Naomi: Are there other blogs or resources you can recommend?
Rose: Twitter is hands down the best place for learning about articles and news I otherwise wouldn’t see. Also — while listservs can clog your inbox, they can have a lot of great discussion and newsworthy resources/events. Some LinkedIn groups have interesting discussions going on and are good places to ask questions.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Rose: I can’t help but think most fondly of the public library from my childhood. While it has a newer building and I no longer live there, the old Greenville County Library – Mauldin branch in South Carolina will always be my favorite. The library was small, but the librarians were the best. It definitely fostered my love of reading and learning.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Rose: I have so many! My all-time favorite is probably John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, but my favorite read from this year is The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Rose: There’s rarely a dull moment, and I’m constantly learning! The most satisfying part of working in the LIS field is connecting people to whatever they’re looking for.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Rose: While your resume and cover letter need to be well-written, substantive, and typo-free — focus most of your job-hunting energy connecting with people. Networking really is the key to finding a job you love, and you’ll meet a lot of cool people along the way.
Rose L. Chou is an MLIS student focusing in archives at San Jose State University and lives in the Washington, DC area. She is currently a Circulation Specialist at the American University Library but will soon be transitioning to the position of Reference Archivist at the National Anthropological Archives. Rose tweets as @roselovec and blogs at anthroarchivist and Hack Library School