Naomi: How did you find your current job? Sarah: My Mom mentioned it to me first. I ignored her until I saw it in the INALJ daily digest and thought it looked interesting. I applied for it and received a phone interview. After that they asked me to come in and complete a technology test. Two days later they offered me the job. Mother always knows best!
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to? Sarah: The Champaign Public Library in Champaign, IL is one of my favorite libraries. Since it’s been recently renovated, it has a very modern feel. The layout is very open and inviting. They do a great job providing a variety of spaces to fit their users’ needs. There’s several study rooms, collaborative space, and cozy reading areas. My favorite part is the awesome light up children’s desk.
Naomi: Favorite book? Sarah: Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford. It’s a hoot! I’m a sucker for clever YA novels. Carter is pretty much the female equivalent to Georgia Nicolson from Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a good laugh.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology? Sarah: I love the sense of community that libraries embody and create. It’s a space for people to come and explore new things, meet new people, and have fun. I enjoy being a part of that process.
Looking for cat humor? My favorite comic of all time is Cat vs. Human. So great!
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice? Sarah: Have other people look at your application, resume, and cover letters! It’s really helpful to get another person’s perspective on how you are coming across on paper.
I graduated from the University of Kansas with my B.S. in Secondary English Education. Throughout my undergrad I held a variety of positions in libraries; dabbling in youth services, interlibrary loan, and circulation. I just finished my Master’s in Library Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and soon will be starting a job at the Mid Continent Public Library in Missouri. My hobbies include reading (of course!), hanging out with my cat, Jaspurr, and attempting to make things off of Pinterest.