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Naomi House’s interview with success story Natasa.
Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Natasa: I found my job through an Indeed.com search. I was very thrilled to be offered my current position. My dream was to work as a Librarian in an academic setting. I now work at a career training college as a Librarian / Instructor, and it is wonderful! I really enjoy working with both students and faculty.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Natasa: My favorite library that I have been to is the National Library of Greece in Athens. I was not able to go inside the library at the time, but it was beautiful to look it. So far, my favorite library, that I have been able to utilize, is the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Natasa: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Natasa: Libraries connect the User to Information in various ways. These ways are through face-to-face interactions and virtual / digital / technological means. I greatly enjoy Digital Libraries. I appreciate Integrated Library Systems that allow user-friendly search and retrieval of information. I am also very excited about Resource Description and Access (RDA).
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Natasa: I follow a variety of sites and blogs that help me stay current in emerging trends, library and information science, and education. Some of these include: http://readwrite.com/ , http://www.davidleeking.com/, http://lj.libraryjournal.com/, and http://blog.cengage.com/?page_
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Natasa: Never, ever give up or “rest on your laurels.” Always network and accept help! Also, volunteer, intern, and /or apprentice someplace that will help you gain experience and insights that will help you stand out from other people. This place (s), by no means, has to be in a library setting. However, having “library” experience will help you get a library related job.
Nonetheless, schools of Library and Information Science keep current with desired skill sets, and these skills are highly transferable into other professions / roles.
Stay current in technologies, trends, and educate yourself to be tech savvy. It can get exhausting, but hard work does pay off! I applied to an average of 3 jobs / week until I landed the job I really wanted.