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C&RL News – Job of a Lifetime – Leo Lo

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My sixth interview for the Job of a Lifetime (JOAL) column in College & Research Libraries News is now available online! I spoke with Leo Lo, research and development librarian at Kansas State University. Leo has a pretty unique position which allows K-State Libraries to experiment with new initiatives and services. Check out the interview here:

Job of a Lifetime – Leo Lo: Research and Development Librarian at Kansas State University

You can also visit his blog at http://www.leoslo.com/ or tweet to Leo at @leoslo. Do you have the job of a lifetime? Enjoy & feel free to leave comments!

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April 9, 2012 at 8:29 AM

C&RL News – Job of a Lifetime – Lizz Zitron

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My fifth interview for the Job of a Lifetime (JOAL) column in College & Research Libraries News is now available online! I spoke with Lizz Zitron, outreach services librarian at Carthage College Hedberg Library in Kenosha, Wisconsin. I have been itching to interview someone working as an academic outreach librarian since I started editing this column, since it’s my job title as well! Lizz is doing some very innovative and creative things at her library, including student-run community workshops and Family Fun nights. Check out the interview here:

Job of a Lifetime – Lizz Zitron, outreach services librarian at Carthage College Hedberg Library

You can also visit her blog at http://theoutreachlibrarian.com/. I want to thank Lizz for her wonderful interview and for her patience (this column was ready a while back but was bumped due to some publication scheduling issues). Keep up the good work.

Do you have the job of a lifetime? Enjoy & feel free to leave comments!

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April 7, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Some Upcoming Projects

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With a more relaxed schedule (I am on winter break until mid-January), I have been able to spend some time planning for the spring semester. Here are some different things I’ll be working on:

  • Three different interviews for my C&RL News Job of a Lifetime column for 2011 – featuring an Outreach Services Librarian, a Research & Development Librarian, and a librarian from ipl2. As soon as the columns are published I will be sure to link to them here. And as always, if you or someone you know has the job of a lifetime, contact me!
  • Over the summer I started working on a collaborative research project and just this week finished the data collection stages with my research partners. We’re doing a content analysis of select academic library websites in order to investigate the unintended messages created by design decisions and use of space. I have had the pleasure of working with a friend (and mentor) and am looking forward to our analysis over the next month. We hope to have some conclusions published in a peer reviewed journal sometime in the future.
  • This summer I will be supervising my first LIS student intern from Rutgers University. Over the past few weeks I have been working with her to put together an internship plan of work (taking into account all of your fabulous comments from my previous post on library internships for undergrads!). It’s a work in progress at the moment, but I’m hoping to give her some projects relating to outreach regarding the renovation (slated to start in fall 2011), information literacy (possibly teaching a few sessions), research assistance (at the help desk) and social media things. She has a background in PR and is a fantastic writer, so I might also try to find communication/design projects as well. I am really looking forward to working with her, and I think I will end up learning a lot as well.
  • I’m going to have another undergraduate intern from Millersville this spring (my third!) so I have been putting together some projects for him as well. He’s going to be shadowing me at the research help desk and in instruction sessions. I think he is also going to work on some writing projects for our Renovation Website (particularly showcasing different issues from an informed student perspective). And informational interviews to learn more about the field of librarianship.
  • Only two creative writing workshops and my thesis project stand between me and my second master’s degree! This spring I am taking a poetry workshop with Kim Bridgford (who has also kindly agreed to be my thesis committee advisor). I am beyond excited to work with her in the coming months. Our required texts include Archaic Smile: Poems by A. E. Stallings, Murano by Mark Doty, Playing At Stillness by Rhina P. Espaillat and Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove. Have you read any of them?

So what projects do you have planned for the upcoming months?  Also, does anyone have advice for supervising an LIS student intern? I want to make sure this is a valuable and productive experience for everyone.

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January 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM

C&RL News – Job of a Lifetime – Tina Hertel

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My fourth interview for the Job of a Lifetime (JOAL) column in College & Research Libraries News is now available online! I spoke with Tina Hertel, help desk/Web support librarian at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Our discussion about her involvement with Lehigh’s Technology, Research and Communication (TRAC) Writing Fellows program was particularly intriguing, and could be looked to as a model for other libraries. Check out the interview here:

Job of a Lifetime – Tina Hertel: Rocket scientist librarian, at your service!

A big thanks to Tina who is beyond phenomenal and has been both a personal and professional inspiration to me ever since I moved to Pennsylvania in 2008. She recently received a Certificate of Merit Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association.

Do you have the job of a lifetime? I’ll be starting the next interview shortly, so if you think it should be you, contact me. Enjoy & feel free to leave comments!

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November 12, 2010 at 3:01 PM

C&RL News – Job of a Lifetime – Jason Casden

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My third interview for the Job of a Lifetime (JOAL) column in College & Research Libraries News is now available online! I spoke with Jason Casden, digital technologies development librarian at North Carolina State University. We talked about some of the projects he has worked on including NCSU Library (Course) Tools, the WolfWalk mobile historical campus tour and NCSU Libraries mobile. No podcast this time, but check out the interview:

Job of a Lifetime – Jason Casden: Digital technologies development librarian

A big thanks to Jason who was excellent to work with and waited patiently as this piece got bumped in the publication production schedule. I think the projects at NCSU are inspirational for libraries who might be wondering how to utilize mobile technology for their users.

Do you have the job of a lifetime? I’ll be starting the next interview shortly, so if you think so, contact me. Enjoy & feel free to leave comments!

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July 8, 2010 at 11:14 PM

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C&RL News – Job of a Lifetime – Emerging Technologies Librarianship

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My second piece as the editor of the Job of a Lifetime (JOAL) column in College & Research Libraries News became available online yesterday! For my first column back in June, I interviewed Brian Mathews about his job as the User Experience Librarian at Georgia Tech.

This time, I had the chance to interview not one, not two, but three very talented Emerging Technologies Librarians from Towson University. Carrie Bertling Disclafani, David Dahl, and Carissa Tomlinson were all hired at the same time and have been working on some interesting projects, including some new mobile services. Check it out!

Job of a Lifetime – Emerging technologies at Towson University: The hat trick

ACRL Podcast – Job of a Lifetime – Emerging Technologies

Once again, C&RL News Editor David Free kindly edited the podcast for us. A huge thank you goes out to Carrie, David and Carissa for their flexibility and quick turnaround time for the column and podcast! Emerging technologies librarianship is a field/position that varies widely from institution to institution, so it was nice to hear what exactly it means at Towson. I’m adding a link to LibraryTechTalk (the blog that Carrie, David & Carissa coauthor on the use of new technologies in academic librarianship) to my blogroll and you should too!

Do you have the job of a lifetime? I’ll be starting the next interview shortly, so if you think so, contact me. Enjoy & feel free to leave comments!

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October 6, 2009 at 8:55 AM

C&RL News – Job of a Lifetime – Brian Mathews

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My first piece as the new editor of the Job of a Lifetime (JOAL) column in College & Research Libraries News is available online now! Not only can you read about Brian Mathews‘ job as the User Experience Librarian at Georgia Tech, but we did a brief corresponding podcast as well:

Job of a Lifetime – The User Experience Librarian

ACRL Podcast – Job of a Lifetime – Brian Mathews

One caveat – I do not have a “radio voice” and have not listened to the podcast since C&RL News Editor David Free kindly edited it up for us. So I can’t be held responsible! 🙂

I really enjoyed working on my first column, and I hope that the interview with Brian will help other libraries and librarians recognize the many creative ways we can reach out and listen to our users. Brian had just finished his first day at his new position as assistant university librarian for outreach and academic services at the University of California – Santa Barbara on the evening we recorded the podcast – so a huge thank you goes out to him for extending his already crazy day!

I’ll be starting the next interview shortly, so if you think you have the “Job of a Lifetime,” please let me know. Enjoy & feel free to leave comments!

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June 2, 2009 at 9:48 PM