Emily Aldridge …Success Story

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Naomi House’s interview with success story Emily.

Naomi:  How did you find your current job?
Emily:  I found my current position by scouring the listservs as well as the state postings, including the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to?
Emily:  Although it seems quite predictable, the Library of Congress is unforgettable.  The systems that have been in place for decades combine with a customer service ethic that makes the library what it is today.

Naomi:  Favorite book?
Emily:  Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

Naomi:  Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Emily:  I am a public services person.  I love the personal connection, assisting patrons (in my case, students) with needs that immediately affect their quality of life.

Naomi:  Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Emily:  There are a number of terrific library-specific blogs; however, my best advice is to stay attuned to the greater world.  Follow the major news outlets (BBC is my favorite) and utilize all the popular social media options.  Some of my best ideas have come from Morning Edition on NPR or a local news story.

Naomi:  Best piece of job hunting advice?
Emily:  Stay positive, stay open, stay humble.  Opportunities are out there if you are willing to learn, adapt, and work your way up.

Emily Rae Aldridge is an academic librarian at Bowling Green Technical College.  Her past experiences include interning at the Library of Congress and living in Siberia.  Her hobbies include cooking and renovating her new-to-her 100 year old home.