Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Neal: I saw my job posted in the INALJ daily email and at Archives Gig on the same day. A few friends also told me about the posting right away.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Neal: For nostalgic reasons, the tiny library from my elementary school is my favorite. I’ve seen impressive libraries housing vast, unique collections, but the library in which I learned to love books will always be my favorite. After all, I read nearly everything in it!
Naomi: Favorite book?
Neal: It’s hard to choose because I love so many, but I will say The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury as it’s the book that made me realize the vast array of possibilities a good imagination may inspire.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Neal: I find it personally satisfying that a person who works in rare books and a person working to preserve electronic records may have divergent skills and interests but each strives to preserve a piece of the written word for future generations.
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Neal: The Spellbound Blog is a fun semi-regular blog for archives geeks like me. I’m also very fond of Blogging Hoosier History from the Indiana University Archives; this alum may be biased, but I think it’s one of the best university archival blogs out there.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Neal: It’s cliché but true: don’t quit trying. After months of disappointment, I was very frustrated and disillusioned. In fact, I had to be convinced by friends and family to apply for the job I now hold. Today, I wouldn’t change how it’s all turned out.
Neal Harmeyer graduated with a MLS, specializing in Archives and Records Management, from Indiana University, Bloomington in May 2011. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in History in December 2008. Neal returned to Purdue in November 2011 to become Digital Archivist in the Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. His hobbies include reading, watching Indiana University and Indiana Pacers basketball, and spending as much time as possible with friends and family.