Preview: Librarian Trading Cards
Librarian Trading Cards
#71 - Role Playing Librarian!
Who you are: Erin Daly, Young Adult LibrarianWhat you do: Hang out with teens at the library and try to engage them in conversation and activities surrounding books and mediaWhere you do it: Chicopee Public Library, Chicopee, MALTC: Best part of your job?Erin: Consuming media and talking about it -- with other librarians, folks on the Internet, teens or adult patrons in the building. LTC: Something about you that people would be surprised to learn?Erin: I'm not terribly surprising. I'm a huge nerd and it is fairly obvious to all who meet me that this is case. My nerdiness extends to the obvious: consumption of large quantities of media, obsession with the science fiction and fantasy genres; and the less obvious: playing of table top role playing games. LTC: What resource do you most like to tell people about?Erin: For cranky teenagers who come to the library bored, I always prescribe comic books. Manga, like Naruto usually works, though my personal preferences run toward Western comics, like Marvel's Runaways or Tom Siddell's Gunnerkrigg Court. (Which is also a webcomic: http://gunnerkrigg.com/index2.php ) For reference, I'm really fond of Encyclopedia Britannica Online. It's my go to encyclopedia for general information. I like that it includes images and video and that it links to journal articles and websites. It's great for teens. LTC: What will the libraries of the future look like? Erin: Sort of like they do now, but with more and better computers and more different types of media. I don't think books are going away, but they will probably be available in more formats- for ereaders, and for things we haven't thought of yet. I also think apps, downloadable content and streaming video and audio content from the Internet will only get more interesting and more prevalent. Libraries of the future will also have to have strong virtual presences maybe in an environment like Second Life or whatever it will evolve into. They will also have to be accessible via mobile devices. It's an exciting time to dream about libraries of the future, and to watch them begin to happen. LTC: Got any funny reference questions or weird library incidents to share? Erin: People like to ask me all kinds of things at the reference desk. I think they are trying to make me laugh, but it usually just confuses me. A man came up to me while I was at the reference desk the other day and asked: "Do you have any sneet?" "What's sneet?" I said. "It's Teens spelled backwards!" I pointed to some of the teens who were nearby using the computers and the patron went on to tell me all about how much he likes to read backwards.LTC: What are your reading right now?Erin: I just finished two different types of fantasy books: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride an everything is real, werewolves, necromancers, faeries, etc paranormal book where the main character discovers he is a Necromancer and gets in trouble with a rival in the same profession. And Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, a straight high fantasy that is a deeper, more complex, and at turns violent and sweet version of the standard young man with a destiny story. Next up, taking a break from fantasy to read about a road trip in Amy & Roger's Epic Detour. I read a lot of YA as you can tell. I'm also reading a comic, adult with YA crossover potential, called Unwritten by Mike Carey. It's metafictional- what stories are made of kind of speculation, very interesting.Amy: I agree wholeheartedly, Erin - right now is an exciting time to dream about libraries of the future. I do it all the time. Now if I could work on my patience... ;)[...]
#70 - Ask Andrea!
(image) Who you are:
Andrea TillanderWhat you do:
Customer Service, Public Records Research, Corporate Research, Training / Instruction, Electronic Resource Evaluation & Selection, Intranet Content, Intranet Administration, Project Management, Marketing, and oh so much more!Where you do it:
Research Services Department, Clausen Miller P.C., Chicago, IllinoisLTC: What's the most interesting or unusual service your institution provides?Andrea:
We have attorneys helping architects and engineers navigate how standards for professionals involved in Green Construction can influence future legal litigation. Very interesting stuff.LTC: What do you wish more people knew about librarians and what they do?Andrea:
We need to do a better job of promoting the fact we are professionals with Master's Degrees and are best qualified to analyze and extract the important ("authoritative") information from the ever-expanding amount of information out there.LTC: What they didn't tell you when you were getting your Master's Degree...Andrea:
The importance of taking every opportunity to market your services and value. Your patron's awareness of services and effective use of services is a direct measurement of your success.LTC: Best part of your job?Andrea:
I really enjoy empowering users through training and improved access. Sometimes it can be as simple as a quick "how-to" screencast ...or it can involve digitizing entire collections. Exploring new technologies and online resources plays a vital role in this.LTC: Do you have any hobbies besides reading?Andrea:
Hanging out with my daughter and husband, yoga, meditation, cooking, and geocaching.LTC: What are you reading right now?Andrea:
I just finished William Gibson's Zero History,
and it was one of his best yet. Am now alternating between Spock's World
(2001) on my iPhone and Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves
(Full Color Edition).Amy: Thanks Andrea! I've always wanted to try geocaching. So many wonderful hobbies, but oh so many more books to be read. What's a librarian to do!
#69 - Ace Librarian!
Who you are: Bill KolbWhat you do: Teen Services LibrarianWhere you do it: Walnut Creek Library, part of the Contra Costa County LibraryLTC: What's your favorite book from growing up?Bill: The Hobbit. Hands down. No question. I read it for the first time when I was 9, then again when I was 14, and again at about 22, and once more just a year before the LOTR movie series hit theaters. Yeesh. I'm getting old. JRR Tolkien is, I think, a gateway drug to reading fantasy. He and his merry band of furry-footed and -faced fellows sucked me into a whole world of sword-and-sorcery fantasy that I don't think I have ever (or will, nor do I want to) really escape. Sure, sure, I eventually moved on to the 'hard stuff' of The Lord of the Rings (and even made an ill-advised, abortive run at The Silmarillion, which is a little too much like the begatting part of the Bible for my tastes), but that first brush with Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarfs will always stand out in my mind as a magical, mind-altering occasion. If I had to pick a backup it would be James and the Giant Peach, which my sixth-grade teacher read aloud to the class and I loved (it might bear mentioning here that I had a crush on my sixth-grade teacher).LTC: Does your library offer any particularly creative or interesting programs or services?Bill: I have the great good fortune to work in a shiny new library (opened July, 2010) into which a great deal of hard work and dedication was poured in an effort to make it as friendly and functional as possible. As a result, we have some pretty cool bells and whistles here. We're fully RFID and have a big fancy automated materials handling system for self-service returns. We are also now offering one-on-one computer docent sessions for computer beginners and Wii gaming in our Teen Zone, both of which have been very well received. County-wide, we have a pretty great downloadable collection (e-books, e-audio) and the awesome Library A-Go-Go book vending machines.LTC: What do you wish more people knew about librarians and what they do? Bill: Sometimes I really wish that people thought about libraries and librarians first when they had a pressing information need, instead of as a method of last resort. There is a tendency to believe (thanks to The Google and The InterWebs) that anyone can dig up good information in a snap. I am with the illustrious Joe Janes on this one, however. Modern librarians are not the gatekeepers of information anymore (obviously). We aren't the only ones with resources or answers. But what we do, better than anyone or anything, is improve the quality of the question. We're really good at digging into whatever it is that you're interested in and finding quality information sources for you, and we actually enjoy doing it. You should totally come and ask us questions.LTC: What they didn't tell you when you were getting your Master's Degree... Bill: It's important, as a librarian, to also be a confident, competent tool-user. Ohhh, the things I've fixed in the library. Chairs. Desks. Garbage cans. Three-hole punches. A passing familiarity with plumbing and the basic parts and functions of a flush toilet wouldn't hurt. Also, being a librarian is a little bit like being a bartender. You know, minus the booze, cigarette smoke and cocktail nuts. In order to do your job well, sometimes the most important thing is that you are there and willing to listen. There are interactions at the information desk that never even begin to sneak up on the outskirts of an actual question or information need. Sometimes you're a sounding board. Sometimes all people need from you is a little human interaction. LTC: Do you have any hobbies besides reading?Bill: Reading? Are we supposed to do that? I'll just make a note...Yes, I do have other hobbies. I was a newspaper sports writer for six years before the library revelation (I still freelance high school football games and the odd basketball/wrestling/volleyball event), so obviously I'm a big sports fan. I tend[...]
#68 - Li-Berry Lady!!
(image) Who you are:
Sarah H. VantreaseWhat you do:
Children's LibrarianWhere you do it:
a small neighborhood branch of Los Angeles Public LibraryLTC: What they didn't tell you when you were getting your Master's Degree...Sarah:
...tween boys adore flannel board stories!LTC: Most rewarding thing that's happened recently?Sarah:
In the last month, I've visited over 80 classrooms and talked to around 1800 students about the library, reading, and information literacy. I love connecting with the kids by reading them stories, hearing their questions, seeing what they're learning, and sharing new library materials. I try to make the classroom visit a super fun experience, so they'll associate the library with good times (even if they can't come visit right away). An added reward: since I visit most classrooms twice a year I'm kind of a rock star on campus. I walk across the playground and the kids start mobbing me and screaming, "Li-berry lady! Li-berry lady!"LTC: Do you have any hobbies besides reading?Sarah:
I usually just read on my lunch break, so I'll have time for all my other hobbies after work! I think a lot of public librarians have particularly diverse interests because we come across so many interesting things on the job. As for me, every day I try to make time to play music (mostly piano), cook something new, knit or crochet, listen to the Bible (I have an amazing audio version), and ride my bike. My family also loves playing all kinds of games. And don't even get me started talking about our garden, my stamp collection, swimming, art projects, and going to rock concerts!LTC: What inspired you to become a librarian?Sarah:
Volunteering at the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Public Library helped me realize what an amazing job librarians have -- not just because they get to hang out with books all day, but because they get to connect people with all kinds of resources, information, and entertainment! They also showed me that librarians have a lot of fun, and a lot of heart.LTC: Ideal vacation destination?Sarah:
Ideally, my husband and I spend time in the Sierras, on the California coast, and in Middle Tennessee every year. We like to go places where we can play outdoors, hike, and enjoy really long bike rides. We'd love to do more of that in the British Isles and Scandinavia.LTC: What's your favorite picture book?Sarah: The Squeaky Door,
retold by Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma.LTC: What are you reading now?Sarah: The Other Half of My Heart,
by Sundee Frazier - a recent kids' book that offers a thoughtful look at race in the United States through the eyes of 11-year-old twin sisters who share a multiracial background but have very different skin tones.Amy: Sarah is yet another rockstar librarian that I met while in library school at UCLA. We're both journeying from 'baby librarians' to well-rounded professionals loving what we do!
#67 - Genesis Leads the Way
Who you are: Genesis HansenWhat you do: Reference and Web Services CoordinatorWhere you do it: Newport Beach Public LibraryLTC: What resource do you most like to tell people about?Genesis: I don't have a single favorite resource. I love it when someone's in a last-minute panic trying to write a report or get some information, and I show them how they can access the databases from home or work - you can see the relief on their faces. I also love doing YA readers' advisory. For me, that's pure fun!LTC: What do you wish more people knew about librarians and what they do?Genesis: I wish they knew that librarians come from very diverse backgrounds and disciplines - we weren't all English majors (although I was). The range of knowledge and experience in your typical library staff is pretty astounding. I think what we have in common isn't so much a love for literature as an innate curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. Also, librarians are really fun!LTC: Something about you that people would be surprised to learn?Genesis: When I was a little girl I wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice.LTC: Most rewarding thing that's happened recently?Genesis: I have to give you two:First, I had the opportunity to return to the Eureka! Leadership Institute as a mentor this year. I attended the Institute myself in 2008 and to say it was the best professional development experience I've ever had is an understatement. I learned so much and it opened a lot of doors for me. To be able to return and give something back to the program and "pay it forward" to this year's group of participants was an amazing gift. I'm so grateful!Second, I got an email a week or so ago from a friend who just started back to school to study for a second career. He had a term paper due and went to the library. He said "OMG you librarians got it going on now. I was so shocked how robust the systems are, how much is available...i was very impressed." I always love it when we get someone who hasn't been to the library in a long time, because you get to see their eyes light up when they realize how much we have to offer. It's a great feeling! LTC: 80s bubblegum or 90s grunge?Genesis: Bubblegum wasn't my genre, but I was in high school in the 80s and 80s music will also have a special place in my heart and my iPod. But I like 90s grunge, too. I got to see Pearl Jam and Nirvana as opening bands for the Red Hot Chili Peppers (I guess that was late 1991, maybe?), and it was an amazing show.LTC: Do you have a favorite library building that is not your own? Genesis: Well, the Library of Congress is a great place to visit if you want to be awed by an amazing collection of knowledge in a really impressive setting. To get a card there you have to go through this rabbit warren in the basement - it's a bit of an ordeal, but totally worth it! I also have a special fondness for the Mission Viejo Library. It was the first library I worked in, and it's a lovely building. They have a great reading room with a fireplace and beautiful stonework and Mission-style furniture.LTC: What are you reading right now?Genesis: I have a couple of books going right now: The Mesh, by Lisa Gansky, which I heard about on Daniel Pink's blog; I also just started The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell; and I'm listening to Terry Pratchett's Thud! in my car. Pratchett is one of my favorite authors, and the audiobooks are great. The ones read by Stephen Briggs are fantastic.Amy: Genesis was a trusted mentor, guide and support as I made my way through the terrific Eureka! Leadership Institute earlier this year. It's an experience that I won't soon forget, and I'm really thankful for it![...]
#66 - Invested Librarian!
Who you are: Shawn ThrasherWhat you do: Senior Librarian – Youth ServicesWhere you do it: Monrovia Public Library, Monrovia, CALTC: What inspired you to become a librarian?Shawn: I took Mrs. Malir’s library class in high school, where I worked as an aide, and got in trouble a lot. I worked in my community college library as a clerk, where, I don’t remember doing much of anything but wandering around talking to people and doing my homework. I also worked in a bookstore while I was getting my undergrad, a job I loved (although I hated my boss). However, once I earned my English degree, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I was working as a receptionist for minimum wage, too poor to buy books to read, I was a regular user of an unnamed library in a middle-sized city. I don’t recall ever asking a question of a librarian, and I wasn’t even sure why they were there. Finally, one day, I needed some help. I hesitantly and (what I thought) was politely approached one of those traditional library ladies with a bun and horned rimmed glasses and a long ugly dress (at least that’s how she looks in my mind). She was at a desk, her head down, doing something, totally oblivious to anything going on around her – a sin in the book retail world – and I asked her a question – I think it was “where is the copy machine.” She looked up at me, gave me the sourest look, and without saying a word, nodded her head in a vague direction, then went back to work. And I thought to myself “How rude! I can do better than that.” Shortly thereafter, I was in graduate school, trying to get a dual master’s in English and library. I ended up hating my English classes and dropped out – but I remembered my library experience and thoroughly loved my library classes. That was 13 years ago.LTC: Something about you that people would be surprised to learn?Shawn: I used to be painfully shy and completely afraid of large, loud groups of people. I still am sometimes.LTC: Do you have a favorite library building that is not your own?Shawn: I remember my home town library very fondly. I went there twice a week, and probably read the entire children’s collection. Happy Hollisters anyone? My home town was about 1,000 people, a little farm community in the middle of Kansas, and the next library was 20 miles or so away. I’m sure Mrs. Stadelman hated me – I was probably an obnoxiously know it all kid. But she never let on if she did. The whole of Lang Memorial Library could fit into a corner of my current library. LTC: Favorite concert or theater performance you have ever attended?Shawn: Stephen Sondheim’s Birthday Party at the Hollywood Bowl about five years ago. Barbara Streisand made a surprise appearance, and the audience just about fell to its knees in shock. She sang Happy Birthday.LTC: What do you wish more people knew about librarians and what they do?Shawn: I wish people knew they could come to the library and get almost any question answered – we should be their first stop. But too many have had too many bad experiences like mine, and unlike me, they give up. LTC: What's your favorite picture book? Shawn: Picking favorite books is like asking me to pick my favorite star. Mmm… Humbug Rabbit by Lorna Balian. Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Lowry.LTC: What's on your ipod/cd player right now?Shawn: Poor Unfortunate Souls from the Little MermaidAmy: I always love to hear the story of how people came to choose the profession. Kudos to you for thinking that you can do it better, because now, you are! Shawn and I met at the intense, but rewarding and fun Eureka! Leadership Institute. Our group was named, "The Investors."[...]
#65 - Deadly Ninja Librarian!!
Who you are: I'm Jennifer LaGarde aka "library girl."What you do: I'm a middle school librarian by day, a public library reference librarian by night and a deadly ninja in between.Where you do it: Coastal North CarolinaLTC: You must use your powers of creativity most when...Jennifer: When someone tells me that they hate to read. I see this as a personal challenge. Helping someone (especially a child) find "the book" that changes them from a non-reader, to a reader, is the best part of my job.LTC: What do you wish more people knew about librarians and what they do?Jennifer: I think one thing people don't understand about school librarians is that next to reading, the thing we love most is learning. Librarians are *always* on the cutting edge of instructional pedagogy, technology and content methods. In education, people are always looking for that one person, who is uniquely qualified to teach students how to think creatively, solve problems and master emerging technologies - what they don't realize is that THAT person is usually just around the corner, already whipping kids into a learning frenzy in the library.LTC: Most rewarding thing that's happened recently?Jennifer: Right now I'm having so much fun working on this project: Gators Read... EVERYWHERE! A google map where students, teachers and others are posting pictures of themselves reading. In addition to it being a reading promotion, students at our school are using it to learn about things like proportion and scale factor in math as well as the themes of geography in social studies. On a personal note, it's been a thrill to have some of my heroes like Neil Gaiman, Laurie Halse Anderson and Allan Wolf participate. LTC: If you were stranded on a desert island what would you *need* with you?Jennifer: My husband, my dogs, my iPad and coffee. Lots of coffee.LTC: Guess what? You get to have books on that island too! Which ones?Jennifer: Hmmmm. Anything by Phillip Pullman (or Neil Gaiman or Cornelia Funke).LTC: What they didn't tell you when you were getting your Master's Degree...Jennifer: That I'd have more fun as a librarian than one person should really be allowed to have. Amy: Wow. Just wow. Can I just say that your enthusiasm is infectious, your skills are tremendous and you embody the quintessential rock star librarian? And I've never even met you... Keep those LTC requests coming folks. I'm inspired by you every day.[...]
#64 - All Around Librarian!
(image) Who you are:
Jessica Walker Sanchez, Digital Technology/Reference LibrarianWhat you do:
Reference, social media, collection development, library tours, bibliographic instruction, website development, eReserves, etc etc etc.Where you do it:
Kettering University Library, Flint, MILTC: What do you consider one of the most valuable things that libraries offer?Jessica:
The personal service - where else can people sit down with someone who is genuinely interested in getting down to the nitty-gritty of exactly what it is that they're looking for?LTC: What inspired you to become a librarian?Jessica:
After getting a bachelors degree in something I no longer enjoyed, I did some soul-searching... and realized that my favorite job was when I worked in a library (shelving books). Libraries just seem to make me happy. :)LTC: 80s bubblegum or 90s grunge?Jessica:
Oh geez... neither! I much prefer 00s emo. ;)LTC: What they didn't tell you when you were getting your Master's Degree...Jessica:
I believe they forgot to mention that a lot of learning happens once you're on the job - the feelings of inadequacy are normal and will eventually go away after about 30 years.LTC: Do you think we'll all be reading ebooks someday?Jessica:
I'm not sure. You know, they're all talking about the "death of the book" and I'm just not seeing it. In working with young adults every day, they're usually the ones on the cutting edge of technology, and it's just not catching on with them.LTC: Do you have a favorite library building that is not your own?Jessica:
Tied in first place are... the Ann Arbor District Library main branch and the Delta Township District Library. Both are beautiful and very functional.LTC: What you're reading right now:Jessica: Are you there vodka, it's me Chelsea
by Chelsea Handler. :) She's so hilarious.Amy: Good point about young people and ebooks, if text messaging tells us anything, it's that they pave the way for something that we'll all be doing eventually!
#63 - Adept Advisor!
(image) Who you are:
Cheryl BryanWhat you do:
AdvisorWhere you do it:
Massachusetts Library SystemLTC: What new trend in library services is most exciting to you?Cheryl:
The increased attention to the users experience in our libraries using ideas from the UX, Project of Public Spaces, and commercial retail fields.LTC: What inspired you to become a librarian?Cheryl:
I grew up in a small town in upstate NY where the library really was my window to the larger world. I like the idea of serving the community in that role and being part of building community wherever the library is.LTC: Something about you that people would be surprised to learn?Cheryl:
I’ve been a Buddhist for forty years.LTC: Best part of your job?Cheryl:
Seeing people get excited about how they can apply a new idea from my training in their library.LTC: Favorite depiction of a librarian in fiction/TV/movies?Cheryl:
Katharine Hepburn, DesksetLTC: What are you reading now? Cheryl: The Elegance of the HedgehogAmy: One of the things that I love about our profession is how it is ever-evolving and changing. We're always striving to make libraries better, more-effective and enjoyable experiences for our communities. Even through consolidation and other challenges. ;)
#62 - Transcendent Tri-brarian!
(image) Who you are:
Marie Slim: Teacher Librarian/Geek/Mother/Wife/Change Agent/DreamerWhat you do:
High School Teacher Librarian (Tri-brarian)Where you do it:
Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Fullerton, CA: Fullerton Union High School, Sunny Hills High School and Troy High School (this is a new gig this year - last year I had just one high school)LTC: Does your library offer any particularly creative services?Marie:
I do a lot of screenshots for students when they have taken an online test, need to show their results and for some reason regular printing doesn't work. I've also captured video via screencasting for students to use in their PowerPoints. They are amazed. So far. LTC: What do you wish more people knew about librarians and what they do?Marie:
We make learning fun!LTC: What's on your ipod/cd player right now?Marie:
For me: 500 Days of Summer soundtrack and the Fame Monster by Lady Gaga. For my sons: Big Time Rush, Justin Bieber, Miranda Cosgrove, Black Eyed Peas. For my husband: Rush (ugh)LTC: Most rewarding thing that's happened recently?Marie:
I found a good swim school so my sons (ages 4 and 6) learned to swim this summer. So now there's a lot less worry around the water.LTC: If you were stranded on a desert island what book(s) would you really want with you?Marie:
All of my dystopian fiction favorites: Brave New World, 1984, Fahrenheit 451,
Uglies series, Hunger Games series (especially Mockingjay
). Then being stranded wouldn't seem so bad. LTC: Any hobbies aside from reading? Marie:
binge computing, ukulele playing, eating, watching Judge Judy, playing with my sons, taking tons of pictures. Amy: Thanks Marie! And thanks to Sarah for the nice nomination. We've had a lovely surge in LTC Nominations lately. Keep 'em coming!
#61 - Terrific Teacher Librarian!
(image) Who you are:
Sarah BoslerWhat you do:
Public Services LibrarianWhere you do it:
Citrus College Library, Glendora, CALTC: What do you wish more people knew about librarians and what they do? Sarah:
I wish more people knew that we fight for your freedom to read and access to information and most of us are not as quiet as you might think.LTC: What resource do you most like to tell people about?Sarah:
Delicious.com-social bookmarkingLTC: You must use your powers of creativity most when...Sarah:
developing search strategies for hard-to-find informationLTC: You must be most patient when...Sarah:
students get frustrated with the writing and research process. LTC: What's your favorite book from growing up?Sarah: Walden
by Henry David ThoreauLTC: What you're reading now:Sarah: Teaching today's college students: widening the circle of success
by Angela Provitera McGlynnAmy: Thanks Sarah! And thank you friend Julie for nominating your colleague for a Trading Card. LTC really gives me a chance to experience first-hand the respect and gratitude we have for our peers in this profession!
#60 - Condé FaNtASTic Librarian!
(image) Who you are:
Stan FriedmanWhat you do:
Senior Research LibrarianWhere you do it:
Conde NastLTC: I always get a little awestruck when I see Conde Nast because they publish The New Yorker, a magazine I've worshiped for many years now. Can you tell us a little about what it's like working for a magazine publisher? What your basic duties are? And of course any fun or juicy trivia! Stan:
I provide online research to both the editorial and business side of our 27 brands. It’s telling that our company recently struck the word “Publications” from its official name. These days we are not only magazine publishers, but also digital content providers, TV show producers and a self-contained ad agency. A typical morning could find me helping a New Yorker photo editor locate pictures of Somerset Maugham, tracking down court records for the latest Vanity Fair investigative piece, and researching Beyonce’s eating habits. Speaking of eating habits, before Gourmet magazine folded, our Library was adjacent to their test kitchen, which was the world’s best perk.LTC:What inspired you to become a librarian?Stan:
Back in the mid 90’s I visited a friend who had just become a university librarian and was instantly impressed by the technology and access to knowledge that she had at her fingertips.LTC: Do you have any hobbies besides reading?Stan:
I have a garden plot in a community garden just a few blocks from Times Square. I’m also an avid writer and theater-goer.LTC: Favorite concert or theater performance you have ever attended?Stan:
Having lived here for over 25 years, I’ve been lucky enough to see hundreds of plays, so it’s hard to pick a single favorite. Performances that still give me chills include Michael Cerveris in Sweeney Todd,
Natasha Richardson in A Streetcar Named Desire,
Kathleen Chalfant in Wit.LTC: What's your favorite book from growing up?Stan:
I was a hardcore Encyclopedia Brown
fan. That should have been a career hint, I guess.LTC: What do you wish more people knew about librarians and what they do?Stan:
I wish people would stop making up new names for the profession (Information Architect, Knowledge Integrator, ad infinitum) and simply appreciate that “librarian” describes a multitude of careers.Amy: Wow. With the nature and scope of those reference questions, there can be no denying how integral your library is to ALL of Conde Nast various brands! Sounds really fun and challenging. Tough break about the Gourmet tasting, uh.. I mean testing kitchen. :)
#59 - Extrovert Instructor Extraordinaire!
(image) Who you are:
Nick TomaiuoloWhat you do:
Instruction LibrarianWhere you do it:
Central Connecticut State University, Elihu Burritt Library, New Britain, ConnecticutLTC: What do you wish more people knew about librarians and what they do? Nick:
That there are (sometimes) more appropriate ways of locating information than searching Google, and even if one searches Google, a librarian might know a better way to perform the Google search.LTC: What inspired you to become a librarian?Nick:
Working as a graduate student in the Trinity College (Hartford, CT) Library.LTC: What they didn't tell you when you were getting your Master's Degree...Nick:
That even when you work in academia, there are a lot of politics to contend with.LTC: Something about you that people would be surprised to learn? Nick:
I'm really an extrovert -- not an introvert!LTC: What's in your DVD player right now? Nick: It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaLTC: What are your reading right now?Nick: Mayor of Casterbridge,
by Thomas Hardy.LTC: Most rewarding thing that's happened recently?Nick:
Dr. Ran Hock, author of several books on searching, agreed to be interviewed for my next book.Amy: Thanks Nick! Working in the library is often the way people get inspired to become librarians, isn't it? I guess because nobody really knows what it's like to do so until you get in there and see. People might be surprised that it can be a lively, creative, energy-filled, environment!
#58 - Realize your Research with Roberto!
(image) Who you are:
Roberto C. DelgadilloWhat you do:
Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services LibrarianWhere you do it:
Peter J. Shields Library, University of California, DavisLTC: What they didn't tell you when you were getting your Master's Degree... Roberto:
The importance of networking within the profession and at times within one's own library...the experience of earning a graduate degree in library science/studies conveys the importance of libraries but not always librarians...that comes from meeting in person, if and when possible, via regional, national and international conferences.LTC: You must use your powers of creativity most when...Roberto:
Having to imagine the various ways the research needs of my users may be met with not only the library's existing print collections but with the increasing number of open access projects on the web they may not be aware of...with my areas of subject responsibilities I'm kept rather busy as are my co-workers...but I enjoy it!LTC: Best part of your job?Roberto:
Enabling my users to get a close look at the “behind the scenes” work that often goes on, undetected, right at the reference desk. In between questions, reference librarians of all stripes have a knack for appearing both welcoming and approachable to users. The casual observer strolling by the desk may wonder why the reference librarian appears to be “doing nothing.” Those who can see beyond our artfully arranged demeanor will learn that reference librarians are masters of multi-tasking and are taking advantage of every spare moment to fulfill an increasing number of responsibilities. The challenge is always to balance productivity with accessibility for our users.LTC: Something about you that people would be surprised to learn?Roberto:
My self-created undergraduate degree from UCSC in German-Soviet Military HistoryLTC: What are your reading right now?Roberto:
I tend to read as many as 10 books at a time usually a chapter from a different one at least twice a day...at this moment, however, I'm only reading the following titles (1) Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö's The Man Who Went Up in Smoke
(2)Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitrou's Logiccomix: An Epic Search for Truth
(3) Travis L. Ayres' The Bomber Boys: True Stories of B-17 Airmen in World War II
(4) Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake
and (5) Bryan Burrough's Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34
.LTC: 80s new wave or 90s grunge?Roberto:
Without a doubt 80s new wave...and in particular 3 groups...The Smiths, The Style Council and Aztec Camera.Amy: Thanks Roberto! I just read Logicomix. It's one of those great books that opens me up to other subjects and reading possibilities I would not have come upon otherwise.
#57 - Keeping up the Cool Stuff
(image) Who you are:
Justin HoenkeWhat you do:
Teen Services LibrarianWhere you do it:
Cape May County Library, New JerseyLTC: What new trend in library services is most exciting to you?Justin:
Social Networking/Facebook/Twitter. I'm really excited about promoting my library and our teen services through these tools.LTC: Ideal vacation destination?Justin:
SwedenLTC: You must use your powers of creativity most when...Justin:
Drumming up new ideas for teen programming at my library. I want to keep things fresh and have teens keep coming back to the library and exploring more of the cool stuff we offer.LTC: You must be most patient when...Justin:
Patience is a good thing to practice every day.LTC: Which resource or book surprises your teens the most?Justin:
I think the teens are still surprised that our library is here to help them! Teen programming is sort of a new thing at our library so I still get the comment that "You actually do things for teens?" quite a bit.LTC: 80s New Wave or 90s Grunge?Justin:
80's New Wave. I secretly wish I could dress up like a member of Duran Duran every day.LTC: What are you reading right now?Justin: The Beatles Recording Sessions
by Mark Lewisohn. I've read this book over 20 times and I can't get enough of it.Amy: Hee. The Duran Duran look is almost back in style! Of course, your teens might still be confused by your appearance. ;)
#56 - Serving the Student Community!
(image) Who you are: Bethy ParkWhat you do: Reference LibrarianWhere you do it: Tunxis Community College, Farmington, CTLTC: What might surprise people about the work you do at a community college library?Bethy:
The incredible variety of students and the fascinating questions they ask.LTC: What inspired you to become a librarian?Bethy:
I love connecting people with information.LTC: What do you wish more people knew about librarians and what they do?Bethy:
I wish more people knew that librarians are here to help you, to enrich your life, and deepen your education. LTC: What are your reading right now?Bethy: That Old Cape Magic
by Richard Russo, Things that Count
by Gilbert Meilaender, and About Alice
by Calvin Trillin.LTC: Do you have any hobbies besides reading?Bethy:
Soccer, hiking, and all things foodie.LTC: Favorite concert or theater performance you have ever attended?Bethy:
That's a three way tie: Devotchka, Ollabelle, and Hem. Amy: Cool. What wonderfully diverse and interesting music concerts! Bethy, full disclosure: I've been watching that new television show "Community," and I get a little thrill with every scene that takes place in the library. Do you get that too? Sigh...
#55 - Cool and Clever!
(image) Who you are:
Susan KunkleWhat you do:
Youth Services ManagerWhere you do it:
Forest Park Public LibraryLTC: What will libraries of the future look like?Susan:
Like anything and everything—which will be the beauty of them. They will be perfectly adaptable and flexible with the needs of their communities.LTC: Resource you most like to tell students about about Susan:http://scratch.mit.edu/
where kids can have free access to a super user-friendly programming tool they can use to create their own animations and games.LTC: Favorite Picture BookSusan: Cinderella Skeleton
by Roberd D. San Souci and illustrated by David Catrow(image) LTC: Favorite Library Building?Susan:
Harold Washington Library (image) LTC: Any hobbies besides reading?Susan:
Writing, dancing, artLTC: Best part of your job?Susan:
The kids, and all the opportunities to be creative!Amy: Thanks Susan. I love the fact that creativity is a big part of the job. Creative problem solving, creative program creation, creative services...the list goes on. Librarianship invigorates the brain in unexpected ways!
LTC Needs YOU!
(image) [this is me...needing your help]Hello Loyal LTC Followers!
I need your help. I've been conducting Librarian Trading Card "mini-interviews" for (gah!) almost 4 years now. As you know, The main idea of the blog is to highlight all the varied and interesting people that make up the profession. Up until now, I've been drawing the interview questions from my own curiosity and interests. BUT NOW I
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want to know. Please send me your ideas for LTC interview questions, either in the Comments, or via email. They can be fun personal-type questions, or related to the profession.
I greatly appreciate your help!!
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#54 - The Good Ivy!
(image) Who you are:
Ivy MillerWhat you do:
Upper School LibrarianWhere you do it:
Wyoming Seminary Upper SchoolLTC: What inspired you to become a librarian?Ivy:
Fell into it by walking through the library and seeing a young adult librarian position advertisement.LTC: Most rewarding thing that's happened recently?Ivy:
Worked to donate 13,000 books to developing countries.LTC: Do you think we'll all be reading ebooks someday?Ivy:
No - I think e-books are going to be a part of what we read.LTC: Ideal vacation destination?Ivy:
Cape May, NJLTC: What's your favorite book from growing up?Ivy: Hittie, her first 100 yearsLTC: Do you have any hobbies besides reading?Ivy:
Community Service, walking,LTC: What are your reading right now?Ivy: The legend of the Monk and Merchant
.Amy: Thanks Ivy. 13,000 books?!? Wow, what a tremendous feat!
#53 - Extra Extra! Read All About Him!
Who you are:Lassana (suit and tie wearing, motorcycle riding always cheerful) MagassaWhat you do: What do I do, hmmm? My title is "Web Content Specialist." My job boils down to ensuring that our web site users have the best online experience possible. To accomplish this I perform an array tasks including tracking visitors to our web site and all of their activity during these visits (what they look at, what they search for, etc.), conducting interactive interviews via gotomeeting, where I have members walk me through how they use the site. I also explore and experiment with cutting-edge technologies that can be used to help enhance the functionality of our web site.Where you do it: Association of National AdvertisersLTC: What resource do you most like to tell people about?Lassana: I like to tell people about the proprietary marketing insights we house in our online collection of resources. It's something that they won't find anywhere else. It comes straight out the mouth of their peers—marketing professionals.LTC:What's your favorite picture book?Lassana: I don’t have just one specific favorite, but here’s one I’d like to give a shout-out to: Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. Looking at it now, I am amazed at how much the book conveys. Wonderfully illustrated and set in my hometown, Harlem, Tar Beach’s message that “[A]nyone can fly. All you need is somewhere to go that you can’t get to any other way. The next thing you know, you're flying among the stars” is one I think is important to encourage in all children and adults. LTC: What they didn't tell you when you were getting your Master's Degree?Lassana: They didn't tell me how handy my BS in computer science would be—but then again, I was matriculated in the school library media specialist program.LTC: What's the most exciting thing that libraries and librarians are doing today?Lassana: Reinventing themselves, the profession, and the role of libraries in the organizations in which they exist. This shift is a bit unsettling for some, but I'm all for change and look forward to seeing where the profession goes. I hope to be one of the trailblazers to lead this transformation.LTC: Do you have any weird library incidents to report?Lassana: This is a story shared with me by a colleague. It’s about your proverbial "problem patron," and truly weird part occurred outside the library, actually. Let's call this guy Dick—because he was one. When he'd enter the corporate library where my colleague used to work, he expected the librarians to immediately drop everything and assist him. He'd badger the staff until he got the information he needed, then belittle their efforts as inadequate, no matter what they did. “Thank you” was not part of his vocabulary. And because he was fairly high up on the corporate food chain, this behavior was tolerated for years.One Monday morning some employees contacted my colleague and told her a rumor was going round that "Dick" had been killed the previous Friday evening. Could she find out if it was true? My colleague confirmed this by contacting the local police precinct—a step into the bizarre for someone who spent her days trolling through Nexis and Dialog. But there's more: "Dick," she learned, had been at a brothel near the company's New York City Garment District office. He'd gone there right after work. (And while he was off in the whorehouse that Friday evening, she was still hard at it, trying to complete an information request.) But here's the thing: It turned out that there ha[...]
#52 - Another Peep From Glendale!
(image) Who you are:
Lyda (pronounced “Lie-Dah”) TruickWhat you do:
Children’s LibrarianWhere you do it:
Glendale Public Library - CentralLTC:Were libraries part of your childhood?Lyda:
Oh, yes! Some of my earliest memories are of being surrounded by books in the library.LTC: What resource do you most like to tell people about?Lyda:
For those not familiar with libraries and their purpose, I recommend they take a “peep” at this website: https://www.millikin.edu/staley/about/peeps/Pages/default.aspxLTC: What's in your DVD player right now?Lyda:
Well, the last movie I watched on DVD was “Taken” and then the DVD player broke LTC: Do you have any weird or funny library incidents to report?Lyda:
We have these big windows in our children’s room that pigeons and seagulls fly into every once in a while, which is not very funny. However, it IS funny that they leave these big prints of themselves on the windows that show the wingspan and the beaks of the birds right at the moment of impact.LTC: Best or Favorite place you've ever visited?Lyda:
Wow, that’s a tough one. I would have to say the most interesting place I’ve visited was Southeast Asia because it was so different to what I see on a regular basis.LTC: Do you have any hobbies besides reading?Lyda:
Reading takes up most of my spare time, but one of the things the “ladies of the library” enjoy doing is organizing food tours of local restaurants, and we spend our city holidays traversing the city, sampling from various culinary venues. We call them our Food Foraging Frolicks.Amy: The Peep study is a truly great illustration of library usage. Fair warning though, it is not for the faint of heart. Some of the peeps meet with gruesome and untimely ends. Fact: In the Library Creativity Abounds!!
#51 - Lively Librarian!
(image) Who you are:
Shannon Distel Scanlan aka Lively LibrarianWhat you do:
Technology Resources Librarian and Volunteer CoordinatorWhere you do it:
Prospect Heights Public Library in Prospect Heights, IllinoisLTC: Most rewarding thing that's happened recently?Shannon:
I attended the UNC-Oxford Summer Seminar, “Libraries and Librarianship: Past, Present and Future” at Oxford University in England for 2 weeks in May. As a participant and continuing education student I had access to the Bodleian Library and toured some of the oldest libraries and rare books collections at Oxford’s Colleges and the British Library.LTC: Do you have any weird library incidents to report?Shannon:
We’ve had patrons arrive with dead insects they want to identify, worms escaping from their habitat before a composting class, cars driven into the library and a resident duck near our staff entrance.LTC: What do you wish more people knew about librarians and what they do?Shannon:
Librarians are an interesting, diverse and eclectic group of professionals who love the written word and love problem solving. I’ve often described being a librarian to being a bartender, you learn what your patrons like and need to be a good listener.LTC: Something about you that people would be surprised to learn? Shannon:
I’ve been a muse for plays and music.LTC: Most challenging aspect of your work?Shannon:
Creating interesting and innovative ways to teach computer skills to seniors.LTC: Favorite concert or theater performance you have ever attended?Shannon:
A Pirate’s Lullaby at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and the first tour of Riverdance. LTC: What are you reading these days? Shannon:
Travel books, gardening books and fiction by Katie Fforde.Amy: And now(drumroll...) for the Lively Librarian's Blog!
# 50 - Display Your Flower Power!
(image) Who you are:
Jenny LaPerriere, Senior LibrarianWhat you do:
Everything that could possibly go on at a branch library + merchandising my heart outWhere you do it:
Schlessman Family Branch, Denver Public LibraryLTC: Tell us a little about your "Merchandising" expertise, and what it means in terms of libraries:Jenny:
Co-authored a book on the subject Merchandising Made Simple: Using Standards and Dynamite Displays to Boost Circulation
. Merchandising should just be part of what libraries do like the DDC or customer service. Merchandising makes your collection sing, pop out, and entertains, enlivens, and educates the customer. It is easy and you get an amazing return on your effort. I truly have a passion for library merchandising and hope that libraries in the future will go from "what?" to "duh!" when doing merchandising.LTC: What do you consider one of the most valuable things that libraries offer?Jenny:
Free golf pencilsLTC: What's your favorite book from growing up?Jenny: Katie John
by Mary CalhounLTC: Something about you that people would be surprised to learn?Jenny:
I'm pretty much an open book and not very good at secrets.LTC: Most rewarding thing that's happened recently?Jenny:
Every day I'm enchanted with my 4 year old son, Auden. He's so perfect and a miracle.LTC:
Best show on television (now or ever)?Jenny:
Pushing Daises was so quirky and witty not to mention that Chuck and Olive's wardrobe made me swoon.Amy: Ah yes, the universal LYPs (little yellow pencils) - libraries and golf would never be the same without them! Thank you Jenny for sharing your merchandising expertise!
#49 - She (ena) is a punk rocker [researcher]!
Who you are: Michelle Primeaux, Pratt Institute 2005.What you do: I am a Marketing Information Specialist. This means that mostly, I do research on marketing topics for the members of our association. The service our team provides is one of the benefits of their membership.Where you do it: The Association of National Advertisers (ANA), New York City. URL: http://www.ana.net/LTC: What do you wish more people knew about librarians and what they do?Michelle: Most of the time, when I tell people that I’m a librarian, they assume that I work behind a reference desk or work in a public library. When people think of the word “librarian,” they tend to think “book,” but I wish people knew that the library field is one of the most versatile and elastic professions that exists. For the most part, I do research on the Internet and in electronic databases (and I rarely come in contact with books anymore). But I also spend time creating content for our online database, tagging content and making sure it’s tagged correctly, dealing with periodical subscription issues, clipping articles for our files, and fielding surveys and benchmarks. Other people I know in the field program film series, work on intranet usability, upload and archive digital content, promote content or collections on Twitter, and more. The librarian profession is a very big tent. LTC: What are you reading right now?Michelle: Women as Lovers, by Elfriede JelinekIt’s my first time reading anything by her. She writes as if she’s in the throws of a fever dream, which is not necessarily a bad thing!LTC: Most rewarding thing that's happened recently? Michelle: I got a raise! I wasn’t expecting to get one this year because of the economy, but the CEO of this organization is very prudent and frugal and put a plan into place that protected us from the worst. I’m very grateful for that.LTC: What will the libraries of the future look like?Michelle: I expect libraries to move away from print, and begin to vigorously use social media, especially in their online catalogs. People have been talking for some time about “social libraries,” and because everyone trusts peers more than anyone else for recommendations and advice, it’s only natural for libraries to move in this direction. There will always be people who prefer analog to digital, and real human interaction to social networks, and that’s great! But libraries of the future, I believe, will be much more virtual.LTC: Something about you that people would be surprised to learn?Michelle: I play loud electric guitar in a garage punk band, and I love to ROCK OUT.LTC: Best book you've read in the recent past?Michelle: Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, and I recommended it to several people.LTC: What's your favorite type of music?Michelle: Punk rock, baby, yeah!Amy: Powerful, enduring, often misunderstood... Yep, librarianship IS very punk rock![...]