Barbara Walker …Success Story

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Naomi House’s interview with success story Barbara.

Naomi:  How did you find your current job?
Barbara:  My former lead librarian let me know about an email she had received stating Dallas ISD had several openings for librarians. Since school had already begun, it was not the best time to find open positions, so I jumped on the lead, even though the district was a couple hours away from home.

Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to?
Barbara:  The library in Vancouver, Washington. I have fond memories of taking my daughter to the children’s section and checking out many, many wonderful books.

Naomi:  Favorite book?
Barbara:  That is a difficult question! As in my taste for music, my reading interests are very eclectic, and retro! I have loved, and still do, the Little House books, Bambi by Felix Salten, Airport by Arthur Hailey, and Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak.

Naomi:  Favorite thing about libraries/library technology?
Barbara:  It’s exciting to find something new on the shelves, and still mind-boggling that I can read magazines electronically on my Nook!

Naomi:  Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Barbara:  My latest employment adventure has taken me away, at least for now, from following any favorites. I did have my own professional Twitter account where I primarily relayed information pertinent to school librarians, but I haven’t tweeted in weeks.

Naomi:  Best piece of job hunting advice?
Barbara:  Even when it looks like there will never be an offer for you, when you’ve heard (or read in letter or email) too many times, “sorry, but we’ve selected someone else,” have hope, as there is a job for you out there somewhere.

I have been a school librarian for 11 years at both elementary and secondary campuses, and through unusual circumstances and weird timing, I found myself unemployed and on the hunt for a new job, and the school year had already begun. However, I did find another position, but it has led me to live away from my spouse during the week, returning home every weekend. Living away is a new experience, and one that is a bit difficult, as I’m quite the homebody and miss my husband, my dog and cat, and my home.