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My interview with success story, Mike
Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Mike: I responded to a job listing on http://www.metrolibraries.net/
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Mike: My favorite library is the main Hennepin County Public Library in Minneapolis. It’s a beautiful new modern library.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Mike: I’m a huge Ray Bradbury fan. My favorite book is The Martian Chronicles.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Mike: Every library has the potential to change a life or make a difference. That potential is my favorite thing about libraries. We have all sorts of tools to help people with their information needs, but I like to think that it is an especially good interaction or a long-term relationship that library users remember. Most transactions are routine, but every once in while there is that really good and memorable one. That’s what it’s all about.
Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Mike: I like the Annoyed Librarian: http://blog.libraryjournal.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Mike: Get involved in a professional organization, and get to know others in your profession.
I grew up in central and northern Minnesota, and received a BA in History from the University of Minnesota. I worked in for an insurance company and a law firm after college. At the law firm, my job involved creating databases to track large collections of documents, and assisting staff in using those databases. These experiences got me interested in library and information science. I earned an MLIS degree in 2009 from the College of St. Catherine/Dominican University program. I ‘ve worked in a corporate library, a K-8 school library, and my current position, Library Technician at Century College in White Bear Lake, MN. I’m married, have two children, one dog and a cat.
reposted from 9/21/12 and formerly titled, Mike Rybak …In Six