Lydia Willoughby …Success Story

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Naomi House’s interview with success story Lydia.

lydiaw1Naomi:  How did you find your current job?
Lydia:  I saw the job posting on the Vermont Library Association website.

Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to?
Lydia:  The Library of Congress, but I also have a sweet spot for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at The University of Montana, since it was as a work study student there that I got the bug to go library school.

Naomi:  Favorite book?
Lydia:  Oh, who can ever name just one? Right now, it’s Game of Thrones. But I also love love love, Pierre, or The Ambiguities, which is the book Melville wrote after Moby Dick, because it’s even more reckless and I love Melville. I’m also eternally smitten with The Man Who Fell In Love with the Moon by Tom Spanbauer and anything by Nathaniel Philbrick or Rebecca Solnit.

Naomi:  Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Lydia:  Freedom! People can access any content in a library, learn any new skill, and I love that the ALA’s Library Bill of Rights secures this kind of literacy as a function of democracy among our profession.

Naomi:  Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Lydia:  I always learn something new from Brain Picker and Ru Paul is required viewing and following.

Naomi:  Best piece of job hunting advice?
Lydia:  Go local! Participate in local professional development opportunities, volunteer with local folks who you find interesting, and above all: make eye contact and don’t be creepy.

lydiaw2Lydia Willoughby is Librarian I at Vermont Technical College, where she focuses on reference services and bibliographic instruction. Willoughby has a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the Palmer School at Long Island University (2011), as well as a Master of Arts in English Literature from The University of Montana (2006). Her research interests include 19th Century American culture, copyright law and intellectual freedom, as well as information literacy and student-centered approaches to resource discovery. Originally hailing from South Carolina, she frequently organizes library advocacy and LGBT benefits in her free time. Willoughby is a founder of Rural Librarians Unite, and member of Que(e)ry Party and The Desk Set.

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