Naomi: How did you find your current job? Dana: I found my current job first on the INALJ website, then I had heard that the position hadn’t been filled by a relative who saw the posting in a local newspaper.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to? Dana: I think my favorite library is currently the one I work in. When I went for my initial interview, my mouth dropped open at the size and layout. It is very child-friendly and almost every children’s book that has been published in the last 20 years appear on the shelves.
Naomi: Favorite book? Dana: I have more than one favorite book. They include To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harry Potter series, and anything by Kathy Reichs.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/library technology? Dana: I think my favorite thing about libraries are the possibilities that I have. I can read a mystery, romance, children’s book, historical fiction, fantasy. The list is endless and I love that I can sit and browse for hours without arousing a raised eyebrow from anyone.
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following? Dana: One website that I follow is Free Technology 4 Teachers. It is a great website that gives school librarians fantastic insight into what to teach next, or what to share with their co-teachers for classroom use.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice? Dana: My advice to job seekers is to just keep pursuing your dream. It took me two years to find this job, but I never gave up hope that I would be doing what I love for a living.
My name is Dana Tunick. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Humanities-Literature and Creative Writing at Lesley University. I received my Masters of Arts in Education at Saint Peter’s College in elementary education and I received my Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi honor society for teachers and the American Library Association and the American Association of School Librarians. I am an avid reader, mostly Young Adult novels and psychological mysteries. I love doing crossword puzzles and baking, mainly to satisfy my sweet tooth!