Naomi: How did you find your current job? Nicole: I was collecting job posting for the Michigan INALJ page. I applied the same day I posted it to the site.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to? Nicole: I can honestly say I have never met a library I didn’t like.
Naomi: Favorite book? Nicole: This is tough. I don’t really have favorites (it all depends on my mood and where I am at in my life at that moment), but if I were to choose it would be House of Mirth by Edith Warton.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology? Nicole: I love that libraries are embracing change and are open to learning about new media and tech trends.
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following? Nicole: I enjoy following companies like Team Detroit and RazorFish. I think librarians and information professionals can learn a lot from seeing what these companies are doing.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice? Nicole: Stay positive and focused. I know everyone says that, but it’s true. Once I focused my goals and looked at each application as a learning experience things fell into place for me. Also, work on a personal brand.
Nicole Usiondek has her MLIS and M.A. in History from Wayne State University and a B.A. in History from Oakland University. She has experience working in both academic and public libraries and enjoys the rewarding experiences she has had in both settings. Nicole has 5 years experience working in the Intellectual Property field as an analyst and paralegal. She loves to connect people to information and technology. Nicole excels at relationship building and analyzing ways to improve the world through technology. If you would like to learn more about Nicole, visit her website www.nicoleusiondek.com.