Chris Fitzpatrick …Success Story

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Naomi House’s interview with success story Chris.

chrisfNaomi:  How did you find your current job?
Chris:  There is this thing called I Need A Library Job that I found it on…

Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to?
Chris:  Pretty hard to beat the Royal Library in Copenhagen, although the public library here is Malmö is nice too.

Naomi:  Favorite book?
Chris:  Hm. Probably Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by Agee & Evans?

Naomi:  Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Chris:  No question, it’s the people. Although I was recently informed it has been changing, the gender ratio in libraries is much better than in the general tech field, which is quite bad in terms of diversity.

Naomi:  Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Chris:  Everyone should be on Code4Lib.

Naomi:  Best piece of job hunting advice?
Chris:  If you know how to program, you will not only find a job, but you’ll have your pick of several. Learn Python or Ruby or Java or Perl or PHP. You don’t have to be an expert right off the bat.

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Chris Fitzpatrick started his library career as a work-study shelver at Portland State University. After graduating and finding limited job opportunities for History degree holders, he washed dishes long enough to afford a move to California, where he enrolled in the San Jose State MLIS program. While at SJSU, he worked as a media manager at Current TV, where he was able augment his programing skills. He has also worked at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Stanford Libraries, and is currently at the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden.