Interview meme

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My friend Lazygal posted an interview meme, along with the offer that she would pass along the meme (and new interview questions) to anyone interested.  Of course, I had to take her up on it!

If you'd like to try this too, just follow these instructions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I'll respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions.)
3. You'll create a new post on your blog with the answers to the questions. Be sure you link back to the original post.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Here are the questions Lazygal sent me (along with my answers):

1. What do you miss most about working in a K-12 school?  What do you miss least?
I was a middle school librarian in an NYC private school for girls prior to my work at Penn State. (This is where Lazygal and I met, as a matter of fact.)  There were so many things I loved at that school, but I especially miss the students and the technology.  The students were, of course, all amazing girls, and it was a privilege to get to know all of them and watch them develop as readers and researchers.  I don't get that sort of sustained interaction with students in my job here, and there are certainly days that I miss it.
The technology at that school was also amazing--and visionary (I know Lazygal agrees because she knows who the Director of Technology was at that time).  This was almost ten years ago, and we were doing things (in an entirely Mac/Apple environment, of course) that we are still struggling to implement in a Windows environment here.

What I miss least is the (relatively) set curriculum.  I never liked the feeling that if it was October, we must be studying Native Americans.  I like the fact that my work here varies tremendously from year to year, and even from class session to class session.  Nothing is ever set in stone.

2. What's your current philosophy of librarianship?
Oh, golly.  In academic libraries, we're still bridging the transition from a physically focused organization to one that is equally oriented towards the online library and online library services.  I feel like we can't change our orientation soon enough (especially with regard to building collaboration with campus IT).  In that respect, I suppose my current philosophy is that libraries and librarians must embrace and anticipate constant change and continual collaboration with partners located outside of our physical walls

3. How has that changed over the years (if it has)?  I'm not sure the circumstances have changed over the past few years, but libraries and librarians have been slower to catch on to this than they should have been.  My colleague, Lisa German, pointed out a fantastic JAL article on this topic by Debra Riley Huff: Web Services as Public Services:  Are We Supporting Our Busiest Service Point?

4. What's the one thing you're proudest of having accomplished in the past five years?
  Receiving tenure and raising two terrific kids!

5. For all the newcomers to your blog, tell them something important about yourself that you don't think is obvious from reading previous posts.
Lazygal, I have no idea how to answer this one.   You now know that I was a school librarian, and in previous posts I've mentioned that I was a children's librarian.  I love children's books--picture books, especially.

Now, would you like to be interviewed?  Let me know!

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I'll bite, interview me. I need the content for the One Post a Day challenge I am in.

It's been a loooooong time since I posted...what better way than this to get back into it? (well, there probably is a better way, but shoot, I'll do it anyway)

I am in. Sounds interesting.

I've been referred to your blog and find it fascinating. I'd like to do this, as I'm always in the job search, and maybe some of your fascinatingness will rub off on me. ~JA

Hi JA! Would you like me to come up with some interview questions for you? (I wasn't sure if you were talking about blogging in general, or the interview meme specifically) By the way, you are pretty fascinating yourself--I would love to hear more about the questions you get working in the hospital!

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