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Savannah Gignac …Success Story
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Savannah: I think my favorite would have to be the Monte Oliveto Maggiore, located in the hills of Tuscany. The walls are covered in frescoes and the books are breath-taking. No touching though! ;)
Naomi: Favorite book?
Savannah: Nightwood by Djuna Barnes.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Savannah: My favorite thing about libraries and library technology is being able to help in the process of connecting the public to the material they seek. I love performing reference and promoting the collection one on one, and the fact that a researcher can look at collections from the other side of the world is a wonderful concept!
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Savannah: I very much enjoy Jill Hurst Wahl’s blog, Digitization 101, the infographic blog, “Many Eyes”, Underground New York Public Library, DigitalKoans, and for some laughs, Derangement and Description.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
1. Never give up! It’s easy to get discouraged when you think you are qualified yet cannot seem to get “the job”. Meet with your grad program’s Career adviser go over your resume and/or cover letter. Start there. I thought mine was “good enough”, but learned how I could make it even better.
2. Let EVERYONE know you are looking. A lot of jobs are found out by word of mouth and if you know someone-who-knows-someone, you will already have a friend to sing of your praises to a possible employer.
3. Apply for LOTS of jobs. Even if something doesn’t seem like the “perfect” job when you read the description, you won’t know until the interview what the job entails. And it may be your dream job!
Savannah Gignac is the Photo Librarian for the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives at the Niels Bohr Library and Archives. She is originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan, has a B.A. in English, and worked at a publishing company after undergrad. Before working at the American Institute of Physics, Savannah attended the University of Texas, receiving her MSIS in 2012, interned at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens, and worked for a year at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, TX, as Project Archivist in the Photography department. Her main interests include digital humanities, copyright, and photography collections. Besides libraries (duh.), she enjoys live music, art galleries, food trucks, and yoga.