This is the second installment of our interviews with professional librarians series. A big thank you to Jennifer Meyer, Library Director at Miller-Motte in Raleigh, for taking part in our series. Be sure to check out her blog @ considerjennifer.com!
I graduated with an undergraduate degree in Biology (December 2004) and finished my MLS from NCCU in December of 2009. I currently work as the library director for a small career college in Raleigh, Miller-Motte. I have been the director there for four years and before that worked at their Cary campus location as the assistant librarian. I love technology and wish our currently library school curriculum offered more in the way of technical training in IT. I believe in the changes of our profession and am very excited to see how that change progresses over the next generation.
How did you become a librarian?
I read a book about careers for book lovers and it was listed there. I remember thinking; “Oh yeah, libraries hire people too!”. From there I quickly started at NCCU and finished their online program.
What do you like best about your work as a librarian?
The new happenings in the field. I love thinking of creative new ways to put information in the hand of the user. I love the collaboration that is happening in our profession with so many others.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
Reading :), I also love to travel, cook, crochet and spend time with family and friends.
What advice would you give to current library students?
Start building your professional network right now. Get to know people in the field that work in different types of libraries. Get online, start a blog, follow people on Twitter and forge your own path. Our profession is changing right now so be sure to be on the edge of that change.
“What the plus! Google+ for the rest of us” by Guy Kawasaki and “The Red Pyramid” by Rick Riordran