Head Librarian 

(Male, Age 30) from Marietta, NY

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Head Librarian
Other Compensation None Set
Company Size (not answered)
Location Marietta, NY
Years Experience 8 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for a library. There are 54 employees. We service a community of 61,000. We loan books, dvds, videos. We also answer reference questions.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I am in charge of ordering and helping patrons.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
4 weeks of vacation after 10 years of service, 2 weeks of sick, OPERS retirement plan

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I am ok with what I currently make.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes, I work with a number of people.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
Office, I like my office.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 4
Benefits: 3
Hours: 2
Co-Workers: 5
Supervisors: 6
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am I get ready for work.
8am to 9am Check e-mail and my office box, turn on computers and check to make sure everything is OK. Make sure cargo is complete. Cargo is the process in which we move library materials from place to place.
9am to 10am Open the library up the public. Answer questions on where to find materials.
10am to 11am Unload the cargo coming in or help at the reference desk.
11am to 12pm Lunch and help out in departments that need my help.
12pm to 1pm Work on budget and review purchase orders.
1pm to 2pm Process materials and check in orders.
2pm to 3pm Check e-mail and prepare for the next day
3pm to 4pm I have a lot of reports I have to do forth state so I work on these until I have to go home.
4pm to 5pm Finish up the days work and go home or meetings. Civitian , WASCO and so forth.
5pm to 6pm
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

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How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Needed a job right out of college. I started out at minum wage at our local library. Newspaper

What was the application process?
Paper apllication, but I also submitted a resume, but this was not required.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes, with the director and branch manager. Only one interview.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
How I liked working with people? Do I like to read? Could I work a flexible schedule?

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, they taught me every thing I needed to know to do my job.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes, I had to learn the circulation system. I also had to review the policy manual.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
yes, my degree taught me how to do research properly.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Yes, I followed the director around for a month. This allowed me to see what it takes to handle people.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
You need a masters degree in library science. I would also recommend voluntary at a library to see if you like it.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Be willing to work for low wages, but get enjoyment out of helping people.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes and no, he have to have people skills.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Think outside the box. Look into academic libraries.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, but I am looking into other options.

What are your current career goals?
I would like to work in a larger library someday. I would also like to start some kind of company.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
Not really.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Head Librarian 4 years 60000 Over see the day to day functions of the library.
Prior Job 2 Library Assistant 4 years 15000 Helped patrons find materials.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.47 Marietta College History
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
3.5 Kent State Information Science

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