Naomi: How did you find your current job? Leslie: I was looking through ALA Joblist and came across the advertisement for a library director for Zayed University in the UAE. I was intrigued and did some research on the university and what life is like in the UAE. I decided to apply for the job and did not hear from them for several months, then I received an email that I was on the short list and after several conversations and exchanges of emails–I accepted the job. It was a long process, but well worth the effort!
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to? Leslie: My favorite library is the Salt Lake City Public Library. It is just a beautiful building and I always loved sitting on the roof enjoying the gardens, drinking coffee in their cafe and browsing their collections. I always liked curling up in front of their fireplaces to read a magazine or book on a snowy afternoon.
Naomi: Favorite book? Leslie: So hard to pick just one book, so many to choose from. I just finished Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster, very funny and I am also getting ready to start reading Lifeboat. I go through phases, right now starting my new job I am doing a lot of reading about leadership and the future of libraries and learning commons.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology? Leslie: I love the atmosphere of the library, it can be both stimulating and soothing, depending on your mood. Every day brings something new and I can honestly say that I am never bored as there is always something new to learn.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice? Leslie: Be adventurous and don’t limit yourself. Be open to new possibilities, you never know what doors will open for you.
Leslie is the new Director of the Learning Commons and Abu Dhabi Campus librarian for Zayed University in the UAE. As an undergraduate at Boise State University, she knew she wanted to be a librarian and after talking to several reference librarians, decided to become a business major to increase the chances that she would be able to find a library job after getting her MLS at the University of Arizona. Over the course of her career, Leslie has lived in Texas, Ohio, Utah and Illinois. Before heading off to the UAE, Leslie was the Director of the Klarchek Information Commons at Loyola University Chicago.