Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Marianne: I am a big picture person which is somewhat a rarity in our profession. Therefore, I do approach things rather differently than most library professionals. And, while I am somewhat introverted, my dream job would consist of writing, presenting, researching and working with people to achieve common goals. Similarly, I am very mission oriented, so the vision and culture of the organization are very important to me. Moreover, I am an Initiator, so creating, organizing, facilitating and bringing something to fruition are my strong points.
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?
Marianne: To a degree, I am doing that now…I like designing, developing and implementing programs, hence, the CUA Centennial Program and Luminaries Panel emerged. Additionally, I am a collaborator; I connect people with a mutual understanding and ensure the success of their shared vision. That’s how the Intelligence Analysis Convergence Discussion came into being. I am a people person, intuitive, logical and see how the potential of ——-fill in the blank—- can be achieved.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Marianne: I’d have to say the Library of Congress because it’s the largest repository of our cultural heritage, a convener of thought and a steward of our history. I am in awe of who we are as a people, what we have accomplished and what is yet to be achieved. The Library of Congress reflects that……..it also resonates with my values of stewardship, cultural heritage and common inquiry across time.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Marianne: As you might imagine, I have a lot of interests….so I tend to find an author that I like and read them until I move onto something else. I just finished Thomas Friedman’s new book, That used To Be Us. He’s very insightful and brings a very different view based on his deep understanding of the global world today. I also like esoteric topic’s like Gnostic: the Gospel of Thomas…and the Nag Hammadi texts, and Kahlil Gibran’s poetry.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Marianne: I love libraries! Where else can you go to find information on any topic, books, codices, manuscripts, and where you find people who love libraries working to uphold our rights to being an informed society? As for library technology, while I understand some people don’t like it or don’t want to use it, it is here to stay…..So, to remain current I believe it is incumbent upon us to be lifelong learners. Not only of the content, but also the technology or the tools to create, share, discover and organize knowledge. That may mean, learning about Library 2.0, mobile technology or being very good at searching open source and proprietary databases. If we think of technology as another tool in our toolbox, that might help.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Marianne: Keep trying; perseverance pays off in the long run. Know that you will have good days and bad days……Stay focused and you will achieve you goal. It might take longer than you expect, so being agile, flexible and curious are good skills to have or add to your personal characteristics
Marianne E. Giltrud is a knowledge professional and educator skilled in digital media, emerging technologies, and innovative pedagogy. As an Adjunct Faculty at the Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science (CUA SLIS), the Program Manager for the CUA SLIS Centennial Celebration, Membership and Recruitment Director to the SLA KM Division and a member of the DC/SLA Program Planning Committee, Marianne connects, engages, and leverages resources, technology and community to bring about change. Marianne has worked extensively with the Careers in Federal Libraries Google Group as a Group Manager, participated in the subgroup that planned the 2011 DC/SLA Speed Networking event, hosted a Careers in Federal Libraries Event at CUA, exhibited with the Careers Group at the 2011 FLICC Networking event and acted as a Speed Mentor at the CUA Student-Alumni Speed Mentoring event. This is Marianne’s fourth career and had careers in banking, human resource management, and non- profit administration.