My interview with success story Kate
Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Kate: I have been looking at INALJ’s daily digest every day for about six months, and also added several New England library job boards to my RSS feed. I’m not sure whether I found the it in INALJ or the Mass Board of Lib Commissioners. INALJ is an invaluable resource!
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Kate: Poet’s House library in Battery Park, Manhattan is an amazing, free oasis from the crowded city streets. It has an enormous collection of poetry, including small press and chapbooks you can’t find anywhere else. The comfortable couches and tables overlook a beautiful view of the Hudson River.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Kate: Probably 2666 by Roberto Bolano.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries / library technology?
Kate: I love how librarians share things with each other. From building a website from scratch to reader’s advisory, you can reach out to the librarian community and find expert advice. Public librarianship is such a radical idea if you think about it: advocating for free services and equal access for everyone.
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Kate: My favorite library blogs are:
- Librarian in Black
- The Desk Set, (NY based)
- Jessamyn West’s blog
- and the Library as Incubator blog
(All those entities are also on twitter).
I also think the tech blogs Boing Boing and Ars Technica are great resources for librarians, especially those interested in copyright reform and open source software.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Kate: It’s never too early to start! I started looking for full-time jobs at least six months before graduating, just to get a feel for what was out there, and applying three months before graduating. Also: get someone who has hiring experience to read over your resume/ cover letter before you send it out!
Kate Gray is a soon-to-be graduate of Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science. After graduation, she is moving from Brooklyn to central Massachusetts to start her first full-time library job as Electronic Resources Librarian at a public library. During library school she has focused on instruction in public libraries, including technology, outreach and human information behavior. Before Pratt, she studied literature and creative writing. She loves animals and is getting her dog excited for a bigger apartment and longer walks in Massachusetts!
You can follow her on twitter at @ekaterinagray, also look out for her fiction reviews in Library Journal.