Tag Archive for interviews

Baby Face in the Workplace

Baby Face in the Workplace by Veronica Leigh Milliner, Senior Editor “Oh, I thought you would be older! But you have work experience, right?” This is a greeting from a coworker I was once met with on the first day of a job. As abrupt as it sounds, I would have been more taken aback…

My Best (Worst) Interview

by Naomi House, MLIS previously published 5/22/14 My Best (Worst) Interview Two years ago today I had an interview for a dream job at one of the most prestigious libraries in the country.  I did not get the job and they made the right choice.  I had a great interview despite a wardrobe malfunction and…

The (Pregnant) Elephant in the Room

The (Pregnant) Elephant in the Room by Jen Park My husband and I had tried for a long time to have a baby. When I finally became pregnant I was in my last term of library school. I was thrilled and very, very nervous about applying for positions. Although I was working part-time in a…

Shoebrarian Extraordinaire: Meet Leslie Howerton-Hicks

Shoebrarian Extraordinaire: Meet Leslie Howerton-Hicks by Rachael Altman, INALJ COO After traveling the world and trying her hand at many different jobs Leslie Hicks finally graduated from University of South Florida with an MLIS in 2011. Leslie Howerton-Hicks manages the Footwear Materials Library at the World Headquarters of a large Athletic Footwear and Apparel Company…

7 Tips for Moving Past Job Search Rejection

7 Tips for Moving Past Job Search Rejection by Erin Kinney, Senior Assistant, INALJ Wyoming There are several strategies for coping with rejection of any kind, not just during the job hunt. Rejection on the job hunt has been covered on INALJ, but a refresher is always good. Process Your Emotions It is natural to feel angry…

Q&A with Dr. Sandra Hirsh, Editor of Information Services Today

Q&A with Dr. Sandra Hirsh, Editor of Information Services Today: An Introduction by Alison Peters, INALJ Contributor Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice in Wonderland: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” I love Alice in Wonderland—the book, animated movie, and Disneyland ride—but I didn’t remember that quote till…

Anastasia Chiu on the Job Hunt, Volunteering & More

Interview with INALJ Assistant Anastasia Chiu, INALJ Louisiana Assistant by Josh Rimmer, Senior Editor   For this month, I wanted to highlight INALJ Louisiana assistant Anastasia Chiu. If you have visited the Louisiana page recently, you will notice a change in the organization and web links provided on the page. Ms. Chiu was instrumental in…

The Telephone Interview: Why am I so Nervous?!

The Telephone Interview: Why am I so Nervous?! by Natalie Kahn   Last week I had my first telephone interview for a university librarian position. This was a brief, first-round interview that covered the basics listed in the job description, and I appreciated the lack of curve ball questions. I was surprised by my nervousness…

Is Honesty Really the Best Policy in Interviews?

by Caitlin Moen, former Head Editor, INALJ Louisiana previously published 2/13/14 Is Honesty Really the Best Policy in Interviews? I’ve been thinking a lot about HOW honest to be in a job interview or in a conversation with someone who is a possible contact for an opportunity. This came up recently for me as I…

Top 10 Interviews of 2014

by Naomi House, MLIS Top 10 Interviews of 2014 We interviewed and profiled some amazing people in 2014 and before, and these 10 interviews/profiles were the most widely read in 2014.  Just like a countdown I am listing them from 10 to 1, in reverse order. You can find them all on Twitter with the hashtag #INALJ2014TopInterviews.…

Cairie R…. Lambda Archives & INALJ Success Story

by Mary-Michelle Moore, Head Editor, INALJ California Cairie R…. Lambda Archives & INALJ Success Story Mary-Michelle: How did you find your current job? Cairie: On the INALJ California page. My most current position at Lambda Archives was from looking at the INALJ page. Mary-Michelle: What is your favorite book? Cairie: Of all time?! That’s impossible. I can…

My Experience Leaving the MLS off My Resume

by Sarah Roark Schott, Head Editor, INALJ Arizona previously published 10/1/2013 My Experience Leaving the MLS off My Resume Last month I wrote about leaving the MLS off your resume when applying for entry level library jobs and non-library positions. Many of you shared your stories and commented on that article, so I thought I…

John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary

.Naomi House, MLIS’s interview with the founder of EveryLibrary, John Chrastka. EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. We will provide tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining…

Erica Findley of EveryLibrary

Naomi House, MLIS’s interview with Every Library’s Erica. EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. We will provide tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining monies to local…

Sarah Houghton, the Librarian in Black

Originally published 1/6/12, 2/15/13 and 6/4/13 as Sarah Houghton, the Librarian in Black …In Six Naomi House’s interview with Sarah Houghton, otherwise know as the Librarian in Black. Naomi: What is your dream job and why? Sarah: I would love to be a futurist for a think tank. It’s what I love to do, and…

Kate Theimer …of ArchivesNext

Naomi House’s interview with Kate of ArchivesNext formerly entitled Kate Theimer …In Six and published on 2/13/12 Naomi: What blogs should we be reading? Kate: Well, mine of course (http://archivesnext.com )! I’m sure your readers already follow library bloggers, so for archives I like The Bigger Picture from the Smithsonian Institution Archives and The Signal…

Dan Robinson, on being a Content Analyst

Naomi House’s interview with Dan Robinson, Content Analyst Naomi:  How did you find your job as a Content Analyst? Dan:  I didn’t find it, it found me. It’s the latest, and last, job title for what turned out to be an evolving position at HW Wilson.  I started out as an indexer, then started interacting…

Rory Litwin of Library Juice Academy

My interview with Rory Litwin, founder of Library Juice Academy, Library Juice Press & Litwin Books! “Library Juice Academy offers a range of online professional development workshops for librarians and other library staff, with classes. These workshops earn Continuing Education Units, and are intended as professional development activities primarily for academic librarians and staff.” Naomi: …

Winona Patterson …Success Story

All Jobs for INALJ can be found here: http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Updated daily Naomi House’s interview with success story Winona. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Winona:  The RAILS Library System has a great job board that is also an INALJ source, so I saw the job both places! Naomi:  Favorite library you have been…

Denise Gary of Kids Need to Read

My interview with Denise Gary, Co-founder and Executive Director, of Kids Need to Read. Kids Need to Read works to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children. It has always been our desire to not…

Stephen X. Flynn of Open Cover Letters

My interview with Stephen X. Flynn, founder of OpenCoverLetters.com.  I was fortunate to be able to meet and chat with him at ALA 2013 Naomi: What made you start your blog? Stephen: While applying for jobs, I thought “wouldn’t it be great if there was a website with real cover letters”? After accepting my current…

Meredith Lowe of Archives Gig

My interview with the founder of Archives Gig, Meredith Lowe! Naomi: What made you start your blog? Meredith: I was already gathering archives job announcements for the job listserv at University of Wisconsin – Madison SLIS (my employer), and I thought that I could create a service to do the same thing, but to a…

Carolyn Sosnowski at SLA

Carolyn Sosnowski – Director, Education and Information Services at SLA My interview with Carolyn Sosnowski of SLA (Special Libraries Association). SLA is “is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves more than 9,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists.”…

Melanie Sellar …of Librarians Without Borders

 My interview with Melanie Sellar, founder of Librarians Without Borders, “a non-profit organization that strives to improve access to information resources regardless of language, geography, or religion, by forming partnerships with community organizations in developing regions.”  “Our vision is to build sustainable libraries and support their custodians and advocates — librarians.” (taken from here)  …

Jackie Miller of Reach Out and Read

My interview with Jackie of Reach Out and Read. Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. Currently, Reach Out and Read serves more than 4…

Missy Shields of buildOn …In Six

My interview with Missy Shields of buildOn, which “is an international nonprofit organization that runs youth service after-school programs in United States high schools, and builds schools in developing countries. The organization’s programs engage young Americans from mostly urban areas in community service, and promote literacy among children and adults in developing countries. buildOn views…

Staying Focused during the Job Hunt

by Gabrielle Spiers, Head Editor, INALJ Montana Staying Focused during the Job Hunt I was on LinkedIn not that long ago and I came across this article about job crushes. The article really resonated with me because I have been doing that for a long time. So what is job crush? It is when you imagine…

Finding the Right Library Job Is Kind of Like Dating

by Kathleen Kosiec  Finding the Right Library Job Is Kind of Like Dating Ok, I can’t take credit for this analogy, but if you really think about it, isn’t finding the right library job a lot like dating? Let me count the ways. Searching and applying for jobs (Flirting) Ahh, the fun stage. You’re searching…

Rachael Altman …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Rachael. Naomi: How did you find your current job? Rachael: I currently work at Rockford University as the Reference & Instructional Librarian. I originally found position posted on ALA JobList, and it was also posted on INALJ Illinois. I was hesitant to apply because it asked for 3-5 years…

Kaitlyn Lyons …Success Story

My interview with INALJ success story, Kaitlyn Naomi: How did you find your current job? Kaitlyn: I found my current job posted on INALJ, but a co-worker also mentioned it to me. The first time I looked at it I thought there was no way I’d be qualified for it, but as I read it…

Emily Weak of Hiring Librarians

My interview with Emily of the blog, Hiring Librarians Naomi: What made you interested in starting your blog, Hiring Librarians? Emily: I’d been thinking about ways I could do service for the profession. Because I’m such a new librarian I don’t have a lot of sage advice and because I’m severely underemployed I feel weird…

Heather Firchow …Success Story

My interview with success story Heather Firchow Naomi: How did you find your current job? Heather: I saw the listing for my Altadena job on the local library consortium’s (SCLC) jobs list. I use several resources, like the CALIX listserve, the SCLC job listings and the INALJ daily email. I cannot truthfully say, for the…

Tell Me about Yourself

by Gabrielle Spiers, Head Editor, INALJ Montana Tell Me about Yourself This is one of the most common interview questions out there. It is usually asked at the beginning of the interview and is an ice-breaker of sorts. However it can also be a question that trips people up. People can take this as an…

Matt Thorenz …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Matt. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Matt:  I contacted my local library to see if there was a need for help. It turned out they were looking for a temporary substitute clerk with archives experience and I was hired after my interview. When the person I…