Carrie: I subscribe to a listserv that the Pittsburgh Chapter of SLA puts out. Each week, jobs in the region are compiled and emailed through the listserv. During one particular week, three jobs in theological libraries popped up and I felt compelled to apply to all three since my undergraduate degree is in religion. I applied, was invited for a tour of Trinity‘s campus, had a short interview, and the rest is history!
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Carrie: The main branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will always be my favorite library, just because of the sheer number of hours I spent there as a teenager. However, I’m also very fond of the Chicago Public Library, which I visited this summer, and of the Braddock Carnegie Library, which was the first Carnegie library and is located in the area where I grew up.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Carrie: I don’t have a favorite book, per se, but the book that made the earliest and biggest impression on me is Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. I also love The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/library technology?
Carrie: I know that many things are focused on these amazing technologies we have right now, but I truly love the special and rare collections that libraries have.
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Carrie: Ars Technica
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Carrie: Be flexible, whether it’s location or in the type of job you’d like to have. Also, take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves.
I am the new Assistant Librarian at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. I grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. After high school, I attended Westminster College, which is north of Pittsburgh, and majored in religion. After college, I moved several times – living in Ohio, Georgia, and Alabama – and working in the corporate world, primarily in HR and payroll. In 2008, I moved back to Pittsburgh. While in Pittsburgh, I started to formally explore the option of going to library school, which is something I had been considered since graduating from Westminster. I finally enrolled in 2011, going part-time initially and then full-time eventually. I will graduate with my MLIS in December of 2012. I currently live northeast of Pittsburgh with my spouse, Jim, and our cat, Lily. When I’m not working or going to school, I spend my time reading or working on renovations to our 110 year-old home. I love anything airplane- or giraffe-related.