Keystone CollegeI am so happy to announce that I’ve been named the Evening Technical and Public Services Librarian at Miller Library at Keystone College.  I will be responsible for assisting students, faculty, staff and other library patrons with research, overseeing the library’s computers, printers and other electronic equipment as well as developing the library’s presence on the web.  And I couldn’t possibly be any more excited at the possibilities.  I look forward to working with the Keystone students, faculty and staff.

I had my interview on Friday, 10 September and I have to say, it was one of the most pleasant interview experiences I’ve ever had.  Honestly, HR peeps, if you’re paying attention, this group knows how to handle an interview (and I’m not just saying that because they hired me).  Here are a few things that I enjoyed about the interview process:

  • Everyone was friendly ~ it’s a hiring committee, not a death panel, everyone smiled when I entered the room and they exuded warmth
  • They created a relaxed environment ~ going on an interview is nerve wracking enough, the hiring committee talked to me and each other before the “official” questioning began
  • They took the time to “know” me before the interview ~ on my resume, I indicated that I blog here and at Living Outside the Stacks, and the panelists asked questions about my blogs (it shows that you’re interested in me as a person and not just as a spot filler)
  • I received immediate feedback ~ I heard back from them the hiring committee the following week.  That’s important.  People’s lives are on hold when they’re waiting to find out about a job, get back to the candidate and let them know one way or the other what the committee has decided.

The Miller Library was built in 1968 and was named in honor of the former Keystone President Dr. Harry K. Miller, Jr.

You thought I was going to hide in the stacks, didn’t ya?  Nope, you can’t get rid of me that easily.  I’ll be taking a little hiatus from this blog until I figure out what I want to do career wise.  However, I will be blogging over here while I try to find my niche.

Walk Away

Walk Away

So this is it.  My last day.  Thirty days goes by very quickly.  Four weeks ago I gave notice that I would be leaving my position as Archivist and Reference Librarian (aka Queen of the Histolibrarianivists).

I’m usually pretty open about my professional life but I have been purposefully hush hush on this issue.  Not because I have anything to hide but because I haven’t a clue as to where things are going from here.  My husband was offered an opportunity to move forward in his job and I am following him to new adventures.

So it is with a mix of sadness and excitement that I offer the last installment of library day in the life.  Just like yesterday, I have documented my day in the life of a librarian in pictures.  This has been a fun project for me and I’ve enjoyed sharing my professional life with all of you.

Now that my career as a professional histolibrarianivist is on a temporary hiatus, I will probably be sharing more of my life as a wife and mom.  Who knows?

As for my library life, I’m a geek at heart and I’ll find my way back into the stacks.  Until then, enjoy the pics and continue reading about the lives of librarians.

Today is bittersweet for me, it’s the day before my last day of work.  I haven’t blogged about my departure because I haven’t really been quite sure what to say.  I’m so good with “hellos” but “good-byes” tear me to shreds.  Especially when it comes to leaving Misericordia University.

I have such a long and wonderful history with this University.  I came here as a young married mother of four small children with a full course load and a whole lot of dreams and I’m leaving here as an *ahem* older married mother of four nearly grown children with two Master’s degrees and a wealth of memories.  In my time here, I have survived cancer, taught over four history courses, driven through mad crazy snow storms, endured giggle fits that have left me nearly helpless, killed two plants and met some of the most interesting people who will never fully understand the impact they have had on me.  I never thought I would ever leave….

I remember graduation day, as I walked across the stage to receive my Bachelor’s degree, I looked at my professor, Dr. Donald Fries, and told him that I’d be back.  As I walked off the stage, Dr. Michael MacDowell (University President) pulled me back and said: “You will be back.”  What we didn’t know was that it would take nearly five years but I did come back and it felt like coming home.

In an effort to do what I do best – preservation and documentation – I have decided to mark my final two days here in pictures.

My Office in the Sister Mary Carmel McGarigle Archives

My Office in the Sister Mary Carmel McGarigle Archives

Bobbi is asking librarians to participate in the 2nd Annual Library Day in the Life Project.  I had a great deal of fun with this project last year, so I definitely wanted to be a part of the project this year.  If you want to participate, just go here and sign up.  The fun part is that you can participate any way you want: blog, pictures, videos, whatever….be creative and share your library life!

Monkey in the Stacks

Monkey in the Stacks

Every now and then I like to take a look at the search terms that people used to find my blog and some of them are pretty funny and some of them are scary (ok, I really don’t know why but whenever I see my actual name in the search I get paranoid….are the black helicopters going to start circling the house?).  Anyway, I’ve noticed that recently people have found my blog by typing in “dancing monkey.”  That, to me, is hilarious.  Especially since I have madcrazyinsane love for monkeys.  So to all of you who find me via the monkeys, much love!  And thanks for the chuckle.

Ok, so that title doesn’t work as well as “So You Think You Can Dance?”  but whatever…I like it and it gets me to my point, what does it take to become a librarian?  Or, for that matter, exactly what does a librarian do?  These are the questions being asked by young girls who are looking to “expand their horizons” and consider different career opportunities.

About three months ago, I was contacted by Miss Mindy Kittay (love her name) and asked if she could use one of my library pictures for a presentation about librarians and librarianship as a career choice for young girls.  How could I say no?  An opportunity to share information about my career with little girls and break stereotypes in the process…puh-leeze, I was all over it!

I am now happy to announce that Miss Kittay’s wiki is finished!  And I think she has done a wonderful job of not only discussing different types of librarians but different types of libraries as well.  She also provides information about what it takes to become a librarian as well as links to various library resources.  If you get a chance, check it out!