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“Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years?”: Thinking Critically About Interviewing for Librarian Positions

By Robin O’Hanlon

Book coverAlong with “Tell us your strengths and weaknesses,” “Where Do You See Yourself in 5 (or 10 or 15) years?” has to be one of the most clichéd interview questions of all time. Yet the question does demand self-reflection and contemplation on one’s professional goals and desires. Interviews exist within a transitional space, a place in between, and they force us to think about our futures. Transitional spaces can be very hard places to negotiate – they make us feel vulnerable and unsure of ourselves.  I wrote my book, Ace the Interview, Land a Librarian Job (Libraries Unlimited, 2016) to tell all librarians who are about to embark on the interview process – from recent MLIS grads to seasoned professionals – that interviewing doesn’t have to be scary. Interviewing well consists of a set of skills which can learned, refined, and perfected. Continue reading


My Experience

By Emily Drew

I looked into the original Mentorship Program through the SLA NY Chapter because I was looking at my career critically. I had always felt behind compared to others and often tried to stop myself from looking back and thinking I should have done things differently. I thought that using the program would allow me to speak freely about these things with a colleague and also help to form a connection with someone in the chapter. I was lucky enough to be paired up with Stephanie Gross, a caring individual who takes a lot of time out of her schedule to mentor people and help in other ways within our library and information professional communities.

I have to admit that I did feel awkward applying to a Mentorship Program after graduating from library school several years ago. But once we met I had to let those insecurities go or I wasn’t going to get the most out of our relationship. This relationship evolved into what I believe The Colleague Connection is going for – two people in the information industry who are curious about what is going on in other sectors, looking for sounding boards, advice, and a way to learn about new things. I am excited to see The Colleague Connection take shape so others may benefit from this unique program.


The Other Side of the Equation

By Stephanie L. Gross, MATESOL, MSLIS (Pratt Institute)

When I met Emily in the fall of 2013, I was struck by her youth as well as her maturity. Having mentored a number of library students, recent grads and librarians in transition, I knew that working with Emily would be a gratifying experience. What I didn’t know at the time was that the short-term mentorship would indeed morph into that of a long-term collegial relationship. Was it that Emily graduated from my alma mater Pratt Institute that facilitated the transition from guide to peer? Perhaps. Emily has told me that just having someone to talk to as she pursued her quest for promotion at NYPL helped her stay the course. I discovered that by asking her questions and listening to her answers I gained an insight into the mind of one who is experiencing the 21st century employment “revolution”. My/our decision to extend the 3-month commitment has been based on the acknowledgement that there is much value to be had in maintaining a collegial dialog between professionals from different fields and generations. I should mention that Emily is a public librarian while I am an academic one. Although neither of us is currently involved in special libraries, we have found that SLA meets the highest standard of both professionalism and collegiality. I am proud to have been a part of what is to become The Colleague Connection and urge all who are able to consider donating a few hours of their time to this worthy endeavor.  It is one that will continue to enhance and strengthen not only librarians and their institutions but our stakeholders as well. I congratulate Emily and SLA-NY on their steadfast loyalty to the principles of professional development and continuing education. Much success in future!!


SLA NY Power Networking

By Esther Marie Jackson


I’m already gearing up for the SLA NY Power Networking event on May 7th, and in the spirit of that event, here are some quick-fire reasons why I’m attending.

  1. I’m new to NYC, and I want to meet other librarians
  2. I’m new to NYC, and I want to meet other New Yorkers (Can I call myself that if I’ve only been here three months?)
  3. I’m a new library professional, and I’d like to meet both seasoned pros, and library students
  4. I like small talk
  5. I like networking
  6. I like appetizers

I also like that this event, although clearly professional in nature, seems like it will be a lot of fun.  What better way to avoid awkwardly standing in a corner at an event than to be forced (encouraged?) to chat with a wide range of people in a short amount of time?

I hope to meet you there!


Mentorship Events – Stay Tuned!

The newly formed Mentorship Committee wanted to get everyone excited for some events that are coming up just around the corner including Speed Mentoring and a Happy Hour celebrating our mentor/mentee matches. Please stay tuned for more information in the new year!

If you are interested in joining the Mentorship Committee, please contact Donna Severino: donna.severino@credit-suisse.com

Mentorship Committee
Donna Severino, Chair
Eric Dillalogue
Emily Drew