Naomi: How did you find your current job? Kathy: I am on every job search site imaginable but when I found INALJ I realized that every position I had seen was now in one place! It was in INALJ that I first saw the vacancy for my current position at Adelphi University. They called me in–it was only the second interview I had during the time searching from June to January. Part-time, perfect, teaching information literacy skills and creating LibGuides, one of my favorite tools. Allows me to continue my volunteering with CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services of Long Island).
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to? Kathy: Many of our country’s private secondary schools have truly amazing libraries!
Naomi: Favorite book? Kathy: Any of Lucy Nolan’s Down Girl and Sit children stories. Laugh out loud.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology? Kathy: You learn something every day, whether from a book, a site, a fellow teacher, or most often, a student, because that is where I learn to be a better teacher.
Naomi: Best piece of job-hunting advice? Kathy: Have a virtual presence—create a website, make sure you are LinkedIn and monitor it, get on your library school’s job postings, and talk to people when you are in a meeting or conference and take classes online where you “meet” other educators. Look professional. Network, network, network. And volunteer so you don’t go stir-crazy.
Shout out—I will be offering a workshop at the 2012 NYLA SSL Annual Conference in Binghamton on school libraries serving the learning different population (they are in every class—ADHD, dyslexia, non-verbal LD…). Shelton’s students (Texas) all had learning differences, so I became an expert!
Kathy Fester of Seaford, NY
1979 BA, Psychology, UC Santa Barbara
2003 MLS, Long Island University
Library Director/High School Librarian, South Side High School, Rockville Centre, NY
Library Director/Upper School Librarian, Shelton School, Dallas, TX http://researchwithkathyfester.wordpress.com/ And NOW part-time Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University! (firstname.lastname@example.org)