Scott Wiebensohn …Success Story

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Naomi House’s interview with multiple-time success story Scott.  See Scott’s previous interview on INALJ too!

rj_rabbits_030807_01.jpgNaomi:  How did you find your current job?
Scott:  I found my Manager of Digital Library Services postion at Jones eGlobal Library through an old classmate from the University of Denver.  This signified my acceptance of three full-time positions in less than a calendar year.  I must admit that it has been quite an amazing two years post degree.  Even though I revamped my Linkedin profile and swarmed the web for various openings, in the end, I relyed on my contacts within my professional network.

Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to?
Scott:  My favorite newly renovated library is the Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library.  It recently re-opened after being closed for a $79 million project.  To watch the 100 year transformation of this landmark library enjoy this short video.  It is building that has been able to maintain a harmonious ballance between new generation technology and the history of a city.

Naomi:  Favorite book?
Scott:  I recently re-read A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole and it was just as funny as I had remembered.  It is a colorful and absolutely hilarious piece that should be read by every librarian who loves to laugh!

Naomi:  Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Scott:  I love people who love libraries! My passion is to maintain and improve the quality of life for all citizens by providing resources that enhance and contribute to individual knowledge, enlightenment, and enjoyment in the most efficient manner possible.  I especially recognize my responsibility to serve and encourage children and young adults to discover the joy of reading, research, and the value of libraries in their community.

Naomi:  Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Scott:  I made a huge discovery when I ran across Comedy 103.1  You can listen to it while you work on a project or on your commute to/from work.  It is the ultimate home for 24/7 comedy!

Naomi:  Best piece of job hunting advice?
Scott:  You need to set high goals and work extremely hard to not only reach them, but surpass them.  The most difficult item at times is to make a sacrifice in life to get where you ideally want to be.  I highly encourage for you to remain optomistic in your job search, continue to make new contacts, and always be thinking about your next strategic step.

I come from a long line of Wisconsin mink ranchers, yes, who would have guessed?!?  Currently, I am a trained educator and information specialist managing a highly skilled team of librarians who help put credible resources into the hands of curious users.  When I’m not writing articles or conducting research on information seeking behaviors, I enjoy presenting to students and educators on navigating the internet in a fast and fluid manner. My main life objectives are to motivate life-long learners, to cultivate information literacy skills, and to fuel and embrace positive change.