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Naomi House’s interview with success story Naomi.
Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Naomi W: I am fortunate to have made friends with a number of fellow MLIS classmates, one of them who also works at the Lisle District Library, brought the advertisement to my attention.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Naomi W: The Richard J Daley Library at UIC is one of my favorites. The number of books they have on the Japanese samurai, Japanese city maps (created by the US Army Corps of Engineers) showing castle towns, and access to historical articles via JSTOR is amazing.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Naomi W: I have two favorites. The first is called, Level 26 by Anthony Zuiker (creator of CSI). This book combines traditional print with Hollywood storytelling in the format of digital bridges. After reading one to two chapters of the book readers go online and can watch short films that bridge the chapters. As someone who is also interested in the film/TV industry this idea of interactive digital content was/is really exciting.
The second book, Art of Armor: Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection is a museum catalog of a current exhibit now on display at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The catalog does an amazing job of telling the story of the Barbier-Mueller family and how they came to acquire these pieces, pictures of each piece, and small introductions by various well-known samurai scholars on the major themes important to samurai.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/library tech?
Naomi W: I love that libraries and library technology are not static, but constantly changing and being adapted to the needs of patrons.
Naomi: Favorite blogs?
Naomi W: none
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Naomi W: Stay up to date with your areas of interest, be optimistic, be honest with yourself and with future employers, network, network, network, and do not give up.
I was born and raised in Omaha, NE. I moved to Chicago to attend University of Illinois at Chicago for my undergraduate degree in History/ Art History / Museum Studies. After doing internships in the museum field during my undergrad I decided working in libraries would a better fit. Over the past six years, I have worked in both public and academic library’s technical services departments. With each new position I have built upon my experiences, completed an LTA Certificate, and this past January graduated with my MLIS. I am thrilled to start my position as Assistant Director of Technical Services at the Lisle Library District. Outside of the library, I enjoy cooking, traveling, and watching films.
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