Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Richard: Still looking!
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?
Richard: Is there such a thing as a “travel librarian”?
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Richard: My childhood library in Nuneaton was everything a library should be, to a poor kid with a hunger for knowledge. In my memory, it’s warm and full of glowing wood and wonderful books.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Richard: I read and reread an oddball piece of ’70s SciFi by R.A. Lafferty- Arrive at Easterwine. One of the first SciFi novels I read and one which is still a pleasure to step into every year or so.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Richard: Never the same! Provides opportunities and excuses to learn every day!
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Richard: All of the relationships you make at library school and in the jobs you’ve been in and the one you may have now will be of enduring value- professionally, personally, and intellectually.
I’ve worked in all kinds of libraries, from public to academic to research. I didn’t start out working in libraries, however- when I lived in England, I worked mostly in fairly humble positions in health care. I tried to go to college to study nursing, but it didn’t take, and after several years of volunteering and traveling, I settled in America and started out at Borders, where so many librarians got their professional feet wet! I went back to school as an adult, and got an undergrad in history followed immediately by an MLS from Clarion, while working at the Hagley Library in Delaware, West Chester University, and then the State Library in Delaware as an ILS administrator. I’m now trying to secure a full-time reference/instruction position or at least a blended position with a heavy reference complement. I live in Delaware with my wife, daughter, and many cats.