Friday, June 1, 2012

Fashion: On Hold Shelf

Exciting and crazy news: I got offered a part-time (read, 10 hours a week) at the library I did a Spring practicum at!  It's not totally ideal because I have to move back in with my parents and it is only 10 hours a week but I decided to take it because it is post graduation experience and I absolutely love this library (the reference librarians are amazing and I was really looking for a library with a strong customer service stance).

Since I started the part-time job this past week my life has been kind of crazy; I would love to photograph my outfits but I am currently living out of boxes and am still slowly packing up my apartment (I have it through June so I am making trips back and forth).

Because of this craziness, I am going to take a fashion blogging hiatus for now.  I am still aggressively applying for full-time jobs and I vow to start back up with posts of real Librarian wear (instead of graduate student in Library Science wear) once I get a full-time job.  To do that, I need a real job, to not be living out of boxes, and to not be living with my parents.

I will still try to post observations of the job search and of this new part-time adventure; it's exciting for sure.  Until then, I have many more boxes to pack and I am totally regretting my love of books right now (8 boxes of books and counting!).

An almost Librarian

Monday, May 14, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Mr. Rogers

It was only a matter of time before I posted about Mr. Rogers.  I'm pretty sure he has to be a secret librarian- loves educating his public on all matters, is super involved in the community, and has work and home cardigans.  Total Librarian.

I was inspired because I was talking on the phone with my friend (who called to congratulate me on graduating! Wee!  I can't believe I officially have my MLS degree!) and was mentioning that I just needed to change into yoga pants and my home cardigan.  She went, "Home cardigan?  Who are you, Mr. Rogers?  Are you going to hang out with Trolley?!!"

I am proud to call Mr. Rogers fashion inspiration.  I mean, his color palette may be pretty neutral but the man knows how to wear a cardigan:


I will be wearing a few cardigans this week as I work my last few shifts here as a graduate assistant in the cold library and then I will be starting to pack to move back with my family so I can work a part time job at my most favorite public library in the world.  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Birthday Cardigan

Via Flickr:
Coral cardigan: Old Navy
White yoke dress: Old Navy
Brown belt: Target
Brown sandals: American Eagle
Timepiece necklace: Etsy

I was totally pumped about this outfit today until I realized that I also wore this cardigan last year on my birthday. I guess it is just my birthday cardigan!

I had an awesome day: brunch with a friend, a stop at the local totally twee bakery for cupcakes and macaroons, watching old episodes of Parks and Rec ("All for a free scoop of Rum Raisin. Was it worth it, Ron? Was it?"), biking to work (soon), working one of my last shifts ever, and then an amazing BBQ dinner and cheap beer with co-workers.

I don't think I could have done any better!!

I mean...yum!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Grass is Greener

Via Flickr:
Yellow jackie cardigan: J Crew
Green tee: Mossimo Supply CO.
Black bermuda shorts: Old Navy
Black Flats: Steve Madden

This is the last week of classes and I basically just turned in my last paper which means....I am done with my MLS degree!!! Next week is finals and I have to do my final hours for my Grad Assistantship but other than that I am freeeee!

I have an interview and will be traveling the next few days which is exciting but also scary- I realize that I have absolutely no idea of what I will be doing after graduation. Immediately after graduation I will still be working here in my academic library over the summer (we can get a few desk hours) so I'm not totally out in the cold. But come August...???? It's 5% liberating and 95% terrifying.

I'm not sure what that means for ye olde blog. I will post my summer outfits (well, a few, as most of them get quite repetitive as it gets hotter and I get lazier) and discuss library things but, if I don't have a job, there will be no librarian outfits or thoughts (Except utter despair) to post for a while. Eeek.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cherry on top

Cherry on top, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Red floral print blouse: Banana Republic
Gray Skirt: Merona
Brown belt: Target
Brown boots: Call it Spring

Looong day!! I worked my own shift and then subbed for someone else- that is a looong time to be at the reference desk!

No matter how tired I am, I love being at an Academic Library at this time of the semester with students working so hard- it gives me a lot of hope for the future (Even my own small future).

Monday, April 30, 2012

Cloudy Skies Ahead

Via Flickr:
Aqua Tee: Merona
Yellow leaf print skirt: H&M
White flats: Xhilaration
Timepiece necklace: Etsy

Looking a little forlorn here. Accurate.

The semester is over is less than two weeks. I am basically done with classes and just have to work a bunch of extra shifts. As tired as I am, I am glad for it because it distracts me from the fact that I will be a librarian without a library to work in. And that is a little sad for a lover of books and people.

But a cloudy path, while uncertain, can still be an adventure, a learning lesson.

"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds." -Edward Abbey

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Another red and black combo

Via Flickr:
Red jackie cardigan: J crew
Black dress: Mossimo Supply Co
Brown belt: Target
Sandals: American Eagle

Red is the color of my cardigan and of my feet. So last summer I had the best pair of brown sandals from American Eagle. I wore them everywhere, with everything. Because I did that, they were torn up (the bottom was separating from the sole). Luckily, AE had a similar pair on their website and when a free shipping deal came along, I pounced.

I know I need to break them in (this happened last summer also) but man my feet hurt! I can't wait to get to the point where they are so comfortable I can walk all day and be comfortable. However, today was not that day. I've got my feet in an ice bath and a cold beer. That should take care of things!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

School Marmy

School Marmy, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Brown Shawl collar cardigan: Mossimio
Cream lobster tee: Old Navy
Navy skirt: Jcrew
White flats: Xhilaration

I hate how I forget about this sweater. I am totally out of it in the mornings and when getting dressed I reach for a cardigan first; it's pretty easy to grab the brightly colored ones first.

But I love how this fits me and the pretty shawl collar. Every time I wear it (which is every few months) I say: "You need to wear this every day!!"

I like how it makes me feel a bit like a character in Anne of Green Gables, most likely a school marm teaching in a one room school house: grading chalk boards, handing out dunce caps, and probably taking a lot of field trips to an actual field. That sounds pretty amazing but, since that probably won't happen, I will settle for awesome public librarian in an Anne Shirley cardigan.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Black white and red all over

Via Flickr:
Black jackie cardigan: Jcrew
Stripe tee: Heritage 21
Red skirt: David N
Black flats: Steve Madden

What is black white and red all over? A zebra with a rash! Or a tired librarian?

I had a total zen moment the other day. I have to work 10 extra hours each week for the next 3 weeks (includes this week) because I am under hours (through no fault of my own- they just guessed at the hours my extra assistantship would need and sort of over guessed). Anyways, I was covering the circulation desk yesterday for someone because I needed the hours. I was super grumpy about it because I was tired (I had an amazing weekend beer tasting with friends) and I had to miss my new favorite show Once Upon a Time (it is so cheesy but I am soooo addicted to it). I did not really want to do this shift but I ended up leaving it in the best mood. The desk was crazy on Sunday night but I helped so many people: I helped clean table for someone and helped some one print up a design project so it looked right and got someone a study room they needed. It was the most busy shift ever but I left on a total high. I just felt so good at 9 pm when I was leaving the library.

So the good news is that I have for sure found the right profession for me; I remember doing one of those Meyer-Briggs tests I am but I am totally a nurturer (I think ISFJ?) because I just love to help people (even though I am an introvert). Just seeing students leave the library with what they need or helping them out of a makes me tear up a bit.

The bad news is that the semester is almost over so my job as a grad assistant at this library is almost done and I have no job lined up.

I am in the right profession, but I don't have a job.. Grrr. At least I have something to float on while I look for that job.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Where to look for library jobs

Not like I have a job yet but I sure am looking hard for one!

I thought I would share some of the sites I have been using to hunt of openings.  An important note: I am looking primarily for public library jobs in the Midwest (Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana) so there may be sources for other states that I am not aware of.

General job postings (these sites post all types of jobs for all places):

-ALA Job list (better for academic jobs but still worth a look):

-LIS Jobs (not updated as frequently as ALA but they have some different jobs):

-LibGig (consistent postings and a nice variety of jobs):

-Society for scholarly publishing (nice if you are looking to get into acquisitions and collection building at a publisher. Something different!):

State specific job  postings:

-I Need A Library Job (check out the Job pages in the menu at the top for lists of state specific resources):

-Wisc Jobs (Wisconsin):

-RAILS (Illinois):

-SLIS (Indiana):

-Joblist (Iowa):

-Michigan jobline (Michigan):



-School specific listservs: Many library schools have their own job boards or email listservs.  Take advantage of this!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spring fling

Spring fling, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Navy jackie cardigan: J Crew
White embellished tee: Merona
Blue print skirt: American Eagle
Gold flats: Mossimo Supply Co
Wooden bird heart pin: Etsy

Total bike riding weather- it is warm but not too warm and also deliciously breezy. This skirt kept me nice and cool today at the reference desk.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Earth and Sky

Earth and Sky, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Aqua cardigan: Jcrew
Green dress: Merona
White shoes: Xhilaration
Timepiece necklace: Etsy

Busy day: Meeting, reference shift (with printers!), quick dinner date, and then late night library office hours (where I helped someone find newspaper articles about the conflicts in the DRC!).

Apparently, I have just uploaded my 200th photo in flickr and I am being pushed to buy a pro account. I'm going to see what this means- I think older photos would still appear on the blog but they may be hidden on my flickr page? I am cheap so I may have to find another way to get my photos on here. Oh joy! Technology.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Fall back

Fall back, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Gray cable sweater: Gap
White tank: Old Navy
Skinny jeans: American Eagle
Brown boots: Call it spring

Despite the fact that it is April, it was cold today. Since I had an early class and was a bit cold and confused this morning (or, really, every morning) I grabbed the warmest sweater I own. I felt a little frumpy today in class and at the reference desk but I was oh so warm and toasty. Lovely!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Crockpot Chicken Chili

One of my goals (you know, besides getting a job) is to cook some different recipes this semester and to use up the huge store of ingredients I have (since I will be moving in July, job or no job).

I always always have bags and bags of frozen chicken breasts in my fridge. They are cheap and easy to work with- I always have a few thawing in the refrigerator. My standby quick dinner recipe is to quickly marinate one in oil, balsamic vinegar, and Trader Joes' 21 seasoning salute for 30 minutes and then bake it. Good, but totally boring.

I love chili but don't really mix it up- I either make a delicious vegetarian 3 bean chili or beef chili. So when I saw this recipe I thought: "Yes! I can mix up my dinner menu and use up the boxes of plain old chicken I have in the freezer."

This Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili recipe (with accompanying jalapeno corn bread recipe) is easy and delicious. I'm glad I ventured out.

Now I have to go as the chili is almost done, the corn bread is cooling, and I am in need of a second beer. I still have a few more weekends of being a grad student and I tend to enjoy them!

I think I may also venture into making this chocolate chip cookie in a mug.  Yum!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Snapshot Day

Snapshot Day, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Pink floral infinity scarf: American Eagle
Blue button down: American Eagle
Skinny jeans: American Eagle
Brown pointy flats: Xhilaration

It is ALA national library snapshot day- libraries take photos, interviews, and record stats to document a day in the life of the library. I've been taking photos of the library all morning so it felt a little tiresome to take my own photos. But here it is: a day in the life of a library grad assistant (hopefully soon to be reference librarian!).

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Blue bird

Blue bird, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Aqua Cardigan: J crew
White ruffle tank: Old Navy
Gray Skirt: J Crew
Black tights: Target
Brown belt: Target
Brown pointy flats: Xhilaration
Heart bird pin: Etsy

I love this cardigan and I love this color. My future house might end up painted entirely in aqua/turquoise. It's like a robin's egg or the sea. It's a great color.

In other news I got another interview, this time at an academic library. The job itself is interesting but I am still pulling for a public library job. One gripe is that there has been a serious lack of adult reference jobs in pub libs in the midwest lately. If I see another children's librarian job I might scream. Come on adult reference librarians- retire!!

If this keeps up I might have to just go into libraries I want to work in and talk myself up around the water cooler, Funke style:

Monday, April 9, 2012

Double V

Double V, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Cream v-neck cardigan: H&M
Green v-neck tee: Mossimo
Navy skirt: J crew
Gray socks: Forever 21
Brown Boots: Call it Spring
Owl Necklace: Forever 21

V-neck tee shirt + V-neck cardigan? Why not!!

So I have 5 weeks left of this semester. That is crazy scary!! I am pumped to be done with school but I will miss my current job as a grad assistant. I like consistency the most so my biggest struggle is dealing with not having something consistent after the summer. Applying for jobs is tough all over: emotionally, mentally, spiritually. It hits you everywhere.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Put a bird on it

Via Flickr:
Teal cardigan: J Crew
Gray tee: Mossimo Supply Co.
Jeans: American Eagle
Gold flats: Mossimo Supply CO.
Bird heart pin: Etsy

Best part of the day: when the barista saw my bird pin and just immediately blurted out "Put a bird on it!" We then talked about our mutual love for Portlandia while she was making my latte. Awesome!!

The best part about being a grad student is having lighter work days amidst the crazy days: today I just had a meeting and light reading to accomplish so now I get to watch the Food Network and prep the ingredients for some delicious lemon raspberry muffins I am making my mom for her birthday!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pumpkin and apples

Via Flickr:
Rust cardigan: Mossimo
White ruffle tank: Old Navy
Red Skirt (thrifted): David N
Brown Wedges: Kenneth Cole Reaction

Not exactly spring colors but at least it's not that same old green cardigan. My goal was not to wear that cardigan. My alternate goal should have been not to take a picture after my bike ride so my skirt wouldn't be wrinkled but you win some you lose some!

Other than that, things are quiet: no appealing jobs to apply for, work projects almost finished, and typical weekly reading for class. Same old same old. Sometimes the life of a librarian is predictable and sometimes crazy- I like a mix of both!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cardigan with Plums

Via Flickr:
Book: Chicken with Plums
Olive jackie cardigan: J Crew
White yoke dress: Old Navy
Brown belt: Target
Brown wedges: Kenneth Cole Reaction

Looking over my Flickr page....apparently I am obsessed with this cardigan. I just did laundry this weekend so it was so temptingly clean looking I picked it again!

Anyways, besides repeating cardigans, I am repeating life: class, work, and job apps. But it's not so hum drum- I get to buy the newest psychology books for the library (based on Choice Reviews) and it has been fun reading about all of these new books.

I've also been reading Game of Thrones. OMG. Still so good. I am still surprised that I love it so much that I have been getting into bed earlier than usual just to read it! Life can never be dull with good books.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Funny librarian face

Via Flickr:
Red stripe tee: H&M divided
Gray tank: Hollister
Black capris: Old Navy
Black Flats: Steve Madden

Every Spring I have a week where I have a dire need to rewatch my favorite Audrey Hepburn films. As a result I tend to gravitate towards my favorite black capris afterwards. It's classic and awesomely comfy. Perfect for starting up bike rides to campus (I don't live close to campus so the commute is either a 40 minute bus ride because of all the stops or a 25 minute bike ride).

Today was awesome- we had our GA meeting in archives (super fun!), then I volunteered in the computer lab, completed my order on Gobi3 for Food Network Cookbooks for the library, and am now ready to read more of The Game of Thrones (I was expecting a Tolkien read alike in terms of denseness, which I was dreading, but actually it is really engrossing...without all the songs!).

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ebsco craziness

Spring Thing, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Green jackie cardigan: J crew
White ruffle tank: Old Navy
Blue stripe skirt: H&M
Brown wedges: Kenneth Cole
Timepiece necklace: Etsy

Spring break is over and I am officially back to work and school. I picked a great week to come back. We just changed printing clients so there are so many problems (like the client only sending certain black and white jobs to the color printer). Also, Ebsco was totally down today which made teaching library instruction sessions on Academic Search Premier (and Ebsco database) really fun.

However, it wouldn't be a typical reference shift unless something went wrong. As my boss put it. "it's just another great story for a job interview of how you can adapt." For sure!

And on that note, I want to share my new spring goal: to look at things (problems) more positively. This is especially true with the job search. Thus far I have applied to 32 jobs, had 4 interviews, and have no offers. However, I've had interviews!! That is good! Life is ok, for now.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring Break!

Stavkirke, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
This picture was taken last June during a friend-cation to Door County. The weather has been wonderfully warm (currently it is 73 degrees) and it makes me long for the freedom of late Spring or early Summer when all I had to do was ride my bike to the library, sit in blissfully cold air conditioning, and then bike home to read paperbacks and drink homemade lemonade or iced coffee.

That trip to Door County was a wonderful break last summer (a break I am longing for now): we basically just read easy novels, took hikes, shopped, and drank tons of wine.

While I do have a practicum over Spring Break (I get to observe the reference desk at my favorite public library which is more fun than stressful) I am free of major homework and definitely plan on kicking back and drinking lots of cool beverages.

I will be on a break from cataloging my outfits until after Spring Break!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sick Librarian

Standards, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Olive green jackie cardigan: JCrew
Black shirt dress: Merona
Teal belt: Merona
Black pointy shoes: Xhilaration

So I have an awful chest cold and have to make it through the busiest few days of the semester. Yuck. Yesterday I had to give a book talk for my class, work a long shift, and finish a paper. Today I was in the library at 8 am to teach, have a break now, work, then teach a grad level ESL class, and then work a 9-midnight chat shift This would be normally fine if I wasn't breaking down into coughing fits every five minutes. I am a little grumpy but I will survive.

Plus, after my meeting tomorrow, I am free for Spring Break! Which basically means I can lie on my couch for days on end and drink tea and watch Midsomer Murders. Now that is my idea of a sick day!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

It takes a little time...

Risotto, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
I am currently enjoying a late lunch (totally in my blue stripe pjs....comfort!) while I work on my book talk. It's basically done but I am trying to memorize it so it goes smoothly.

The lunch is a green salad and the last of the delicious mushroom risotto I made this weekend. So I've always used boxed risotto (just add chicken broth and let it do its thing for 20 minutes) but decided to make my own from scratch from arborio rice. Between the chopping (mushrooms, onions, and garlic), the basic sauteing, and adding in warm broth slowly it took about an hour. Holy moly, it was totally worth it!! And it was so nice to just stir the broth in and drink some [a lot] of wine.

I used this recipe but added garlic after the onions had cooked a bit. I also only used 8 ounces of mushrooms and that was more than enough. I didn't have chives but I did throw in some parsley when I added the broth to liven things up.

It took a lot of time to make and clean up but I was reminded that some things are worth the time. I think life is like risotto right now- it's taking time to get a job but hopefully that means the end result will be a job I absolutely love.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

2nd verse, same as the 1st!

Via Flickr:
Navy jackie cardigan: Jcrew
Brown polka dot top: Odille
Gray skirt: Jcrew
Gray tights: Target
Brown Boots: Call it Spring

After looking through my flickr, it seems like I have quite the affinity for this gray skirt and those brown boots. Oh well! They are both comfortable and cute- both major requirements in an outfit.

In spite of dressing boring, life is actually crazy. I worked a chat shift until midnight last night and then got up at 8 to volunteer at the public library and then teach and work all day. Right now I am eating some chili (from the freezer- I made it last month) and drinking a night cap glass of wine. I am just trying to make it to 9 pm, which is a more acceptable bedtime than 8.

Monday, March 5, 2012

For the birds....

For the birds, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Olive green jackie cardigan: JCrew
Navy bird print top: Mossimo
White tank: Mossimo
Skinny Jeans: American Eagle
Brown boots: Call it Spring what my last semester in grad school is. I feel like I have checked out. I enjoy work and I love providing reference services but I have totally spaced on my class reading. And the job search...also for the birds. There is a serious lack of full time pub lib jobs right now (teen librarian positions however are wide open). I know stuff will pick up though (it has to!).

In other news, I helped a patron find videos of dancer Robert Dunn that they couldn't find through Google through the Alexander Street Press Database. BAMF. I love those awesome feeling days.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Fish

On Wednesday I made the Barefoot Contessa's homemade fried fish (except I baked them...ha!) and homemade tartar sauce. As a kid I wouldn't even try tartar sauce because "it looked weird" so I was a cocktail sauce girl all the way.

This homemade stuff....I may be a convert.

Today I had a bunch of errands to run and I still have to make a dent in the book I will be giving a book talk on. I had so much leftover tartar sauce I decided to make my life easy and delicious by picking up some frozen fish sticks to go with it. Yum. I am full, have groceries, have clean laundry, and am ready to do some reading!

Friday, you are the best.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I just Blue Myself

Via Flickr:
Teal ruffle cardigan: Jcrew
Red floral blouse: Banana Republic
Gray herringbone trousers: Merona
Brown pointy flats: Xhilaration

Oh Tobias! But a touch of blue does make an outfit better.

In other news....this week is insane. I have tons of library instruction sessions every day and projects (why is everything due at the same time?).

But....I got another interview! This time it is a phone interview. The job itself would be amazing (reference and social media at an academic library) but the location is a bit far away. I really want a public library job but wouldn't mind working in an academic library. I am trying to keep an open mind- this job could be a good gateway job to a better job in an area closer to family. At least I am getting some interviews- I must be somewhat qualified to be a librarian! Whoot!

Another thing I realized- I am applying for jobs I love (a true first in my life). The location may not be perfect but I am pumped to do reference work!

Until a real job happens, at least I have clean laundry and the promise of baked fish sticks and homemade tartar sauce!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wild Orchids

Wild Orchids, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Yellow jackie cardigan: J Crew
Purple sheath dress: Love 21
Black Flats: Candies
Black glasses necklace: Forever 21

It was so warm today (53!!) that I was able to go without tights and it was wonderful. It put an extra spring in my step which I needed to teach two back to back 80 minute library sessions, then work a reference shift, all without lunch (I basically went from 10:30 to 3:30).

It reminds me that Spring is right around the corner! Yikes!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Winter grays

Winter grays, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Black jackie cardigan: jcrew
Blue stripe top: Old Navy
Gray skirt: Merona
Brown belt: Target
Black tights: Target
Brown Boots: Call it Spring

Still freezing and gray outside was still a lovely (and busy day): applied for two exciting jobs, worked a long reference shift, talking about steamy romances in my Reader's Advisory class, and am now ready for dinner (leftover mushroom soup and bread) and some good Monday night tv.

Winter- you can stay for a while. I am cosy.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pan glazed Pork chops

I actually made these beauties yesterday but didn't post because I was too full on pork chops and baked potato.

I am like Ron Swanson- I only recommend a recipe if I use it exclusively. And this one is amazing. It's full proof and delicious (like scraping up all the leftover glaze in the pan with your spoon delicious).

It is the pioneer woman's Pork Chops with Garlic and Wine.

After a busy beginning of the week where I was too tired for dinner, I owed myself this. I also owed myself some fun reading at Starbucks today. Sigh. Life IS good.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sea and Land

Sea and Land, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Blue jersey dress: Merona
Green jackie cardigan: J crew
Brown belt: target
Gray tights: Target
Brown boots: Call it Spring
Black glasses necklace: Forever 21

Exhausted today!! It's a good thing I was running from one thing to another or else I would have totally napped today.

I am feeling on top of life lately- I am ahead on homework, I've got an awesome collection development project for work (cookbooks!), and applied for a few jobs I am really interested in!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hot pants

Hot pants, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Teal long sleeve top: H&M
White tank: Old Navy
Brown cords: Old Navy
Gold flats: Mossimo Supply Co.

It was cold today!! I felt like giving my legs a break while waiting outside for the bus by wearing my toasty cords. Not as pretty as tights but oh so warm!!

Now I am curled up at home, eating leftover homemade mushroom soup from this weekend and waiting to start my at home virtual chat shift. Kind of boring in the night of a librarian in training but I will take it!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Putting the pieces together

So....I didn't get the job.

I found out and basically spent the last few days curled up under my favorite blanket, watching Arrested Development (needed laughter), and eating soup. I feel much better now and more determined but it took a few days to get there. Being so close (it was basically between me an another person) made it harder. However, I know there will be other jobs and maybe one that is just right for me.

So now I am stitching my life back together. Breaking my resume apart, putting the fragments together. The pieces will make a whole.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Library is my Valentine

Via Flickr:
Cherry red jackie cardigan: Jcrew
White ruffle blouse: Forever 21
Gray herringbone trousers: Merona
Brown pointed flats: Xhilaration
Wooden heart sparrow pin: Etsy

I taught two library instruction sessions and had a good time (they laughed at my jokes which automatically equals success!). It got me thinking- I don't have a person valentine this year but, I always have the library. It provides me with books- what more do you need in a valentine?!

However, when the library fails me, at least I have Ryan Gosling. Hey girl!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Shades of calm

Via Flickr:
Pink blouse: Old Navy
Gray skirt: Jcrew
Black tights: Target
Brown mary janes: Xhilaration
Sparrow heart pin: etsy

I look a little bored with life in this picture- quite the opposite! I've been trying to enjoy my life as much as possible, feeling grateful for what I have. I have still been getting pangs of nerves when I think about that awesome second interview I had. I would love the job but as I force myself to think about good things in my life, I realize that there are a lot of good things. I am one lucky librarian in training....even if I forget it.

So today's outfit was all about calm- trying to steady my nerves. You know what else will help? A full day of reference and instruction tomorrow followed by a delicious dinner (I'm doing bbq pork in the slow cooker) and a martini date with a friend. Who needs a job? Who needs a valentine? Okay, maybe I do. But until then, I am going to have a darn good time!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Job Hunt: How to Handle an Interview (and the aftermath)

As I sit here, eating orange segments and letting the red polish dry on my toe nails, I realize that I need to update on my interview experience.

Keep in mind that I am no interview expert or anything, but having gone through a few has given me a different perspective.

1. Preparing:

-The first thing I do is look over the job description again and try to assess what the job is about and what skills I will point to.  If the job description involves working with social media, I better be prepared to talk about all aspects of social media!

-The second thing I do (and I think the most important) is too look at the website to figure out a mission statement (what is important to this library?  What programs are they highlighting?) and to poke around in some of the resources to see what I am familiar with.  I found that I've gotten the best responses (smiles and nods) when I have referenced specific things on a library's webpage.

-The third thing I do (perhaps too intensely) is a question drill using some of the questions from the following websites.  It takes some time but helps a textbook over thinker and worrier like myself calm down a bit!  The most valuable thing has been applying the more general questions to the skills I know the search committee is looking for:

     *A great list of library related interview questions and resources over at Mr. Library Dude
     *While not as complete as the first source, there are some more unique scenario questions at SLIS
     *Some really nice tips on how to handle those tough questions, especially salary negotiations at Pennlive

 2. At the interview:

-First off, I try to avoid these interview pitfalls

-This goes without saying but I always arrive early and in a professional looking interview suit.

-One of the main things I focus on is being enthusiastic.  I use good eye contact and showcase my active listening (mainly nodding and acknowledging the question with statements like, "what a great question!" or "that's an interesting question!").  I also try to slip in a statement about how excited I am to be there.  I don't go over board but I always want to show the committee that I am really enthusiastic about this specific job.

-Another tactic I have found to be helpful is in starting a dialogue with the search committee. In other words I don't just want to answer their questions briefly and leave it at that; I try to start a conversation to show I am interested.  So if I am asked about ideas to improve social media outreach, I might explain my experience, give some ideas, and then ask them "well how does that fit in with what you are looking for?"  I feel like this makes me relax and provides a point of connection.

-I try to give really specific examples (i.e. not just "I am good at collaborating with other. I do it a lot at my current job" but instead saying "I collaborate frequently with other grad assistants. The most recent example is on publicity for our gaming night...").

-Ask specific questions.  I like asking more about what they want the person to accomplish first on the job and what the long range goals of the position are.

-Send a thank you note.  Mine is always brief and highlights the things I enjoyed about the library and things I felt were stressed at the interview/tour (book clubs? art shows? a new media lab?).

 3. After the interview:

Unfortunately, this is what I am going through right now.  I had a great first interview for a public library job that would be a great fit for me.  Then, I got called back for a second interview, which also went well (2nd interviews seem to be more about assessing how one would fit in with the staff- I wasn't even asked an formal questions!!).

So once the interview is over and there is literally nothing else you can do except wait, how do you handle that?  I've been trying to keep positive but I am really excited about this job and I know I will be sad if I am not chosen.  To help alleviate that crippling despair if I do not get the job I have worked ahead on some projects so I can take the night off if needed, stocked up on wine, I have a nice stack of funny TV shows, and I have a great support network ready (my best friend told me to call her the minute I find out so I can talk out the pain or the good news).  I've also been throwing myself into looking for other jobs, just so I have other jobs to be excited about if I don't get the job.

I'm learning that the waiting is the hardest part.  Writing cover letters? Easy!  Answering interview questions?  Not so bad!  Waiting to hear about a job you really want?  Heartbreaking and nerve-racking!

I haven't been myself lately because I have been so focused on this one job- I didn't even do much in the way of homework or reading last week because I was just practicing my answers to interview questions over and over. 

Hopefully this job hunting process turns out to be very short!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Phone interview

Via Flickr:
Teal ruffle cardigan: Jcrew
Black dress: Mossimo
Belt: Target
Gray tights: Target
Brown boots: Call it Spring

So I had my phone interview for the job that I was a little wary about. Good news: it went well. Greater news: they really need someone to start right now so, since I can't start till after graduation (May), I was immediately eliminated.

I also got a call back second interview for the job I am really excited about: public library reader's advisory and electronic services. I would basically get to help people with technology, update the library's social media, buy books, and talk to people about books!!

Nee plan for this semester: don't stress so much about the future and apply for jobs that I am excited about. I think I can handle that.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Starts and stripes

Via Flickr:
Navy jackie cardigan: Jcrew
Red stripe top: H&M
Gray skirt: Jcrew
Gray tights: target
Brown boots: Call it Spring

I took this after my morning Reader's Advisory class which was wonderful! We talked about why we read and how we (as librarians) can encourage people to read.

At this point in the day I am a bit tired after working all day and am sort of disheartened about the job search. I got another interview (by phone). So far I have had two interview invitations from jobs I am not so pumped about and one I am pumped about. I am on pins and needles to find out if I got a second interview for the job I am really pumped about (it's a public library reference job where I would get to do website stuff and it's a decent salary with benefits and pay increases every few years).

I'm trying to figure out a new strategy. Obviously there are jobs with a decent starting salary (I don't need a lot but I am sort of freaked out about loan payments and car payments, etc.) and that really fit my skills, but there are also jobs with a really minimal salary and some things I might not want to do. Bottom line- the job market stinks and I feel I can't afford to be picky. But I'm starting to think I shouldn't just apply for everything- I got the email today about this new interview and my heart sort of sank.

Since it is early enough I might be pickier at the moment and apply for jobs I am actually excited about because getting two out of three interviews to lower paying scary jobs is sort of depressing. At least I got one good interview so far to boost my spirit!

This job thing is crazier than I thought! It's not just making my resume and cover letter shine: it's about gambling. Do I hold out for that awesome job or do I place a safe bet on a mediocre job?

And the waiting....arrg! My supervisor told me that some academic library jobs take months before they even start interviews. The suspense! The suspense!

For now, I'm okay because I still have time. I may, however, be a complete basket case in April.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It takes some time posting. Opps.

I have not gotten back into the swing of things as I expected. I realized that we are now approaching the end of week 2 of this semester and I still kind of feel like I am on winter break.

I have plenty of work to do (homework and otherwise) but I think the combination of having work and class on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (with only our one hour weekly meeting on Wednesday) and continually applying for jobs on my days off has left me feeling a bit stretched. I only dress librariany when I work and have class but I work so much that I get home late and have no energy. On days off I have been being super lazy (i.e. being a recluse in my pjs). Also, throw in the fact that I have already had two job interviews (yay!) and have had to drive far for them (nay).

I need a nice balance of continually busy with time to relax but I am sure I will get used to this arrangement.

I just need time.

Like caramelized onions.

One thing I did right last week was follow my desire to cook new things. I've never made caramelized onions. They are actually fairly easy but they do take a while. Like an hour, for real.

I used this process.  I tried another recipe and it kind of failed. I think covering them really does help.

To use them I added them to my favorite haphazard pasta dish (whole grain linguine noodles cooked al dente mixed with store bought pesto, huge chunks of feta cheese, and sliced and briefly pan cooked cherry tomatoes). Yum!!

So, we will see how this semester goes. Hopefully I come out of it having a job and having adjusted to this crazy schedule! Yikes!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

First day back!

Dreary Cheery, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Yellow jackie cardigan: Jcrew
Red printed blouse: Banana Republic
Gray Skirt: Jcrew
Black tights: Target
Black Flats: Steve Madden

Today marked the end of winter break and the start of my LAST semester of grad school. I am just a little bit excited about it. I have loved all my classes so far but am not super excited about parsing dry textbooks. I enjoy learning but I absolutely one hundred percent love my job (reference, helping people, organizing things) and basically just want to focus on being a librarian instead of also trying to focus on the how to be a librarian meta part.

I am steadily applying for jobs in both the public and academic sector and have actually gotten two interviews already(!!). Things seem to be falling into place but, even so, I know this semester might get a little rocky- the desperation of late spring interviews, pushing through projects when I will be weeks away from being done with that work forever.

I am keeping myself sane with lots of wine and Agatha Christie.

Monday, January 9, 2012


I really love Christmas (like Elf style love) and so I am always surprised to find myself so quietly happy after the holidays are over.  The New Year can be overwhelming but I find myself happy to feel as if I have a fresh start.  I love planning out my week, my month, my year and reimagining my home- everything from moving furniture to changing the pictures or bringing in new fresh scents.

One thing I would love to change is my bookshelves (seen in the background of my everyday outfit pictures).  I've got a great tall one I inherited from my aunt but I foolishly turned down the other one (not enough space in my previous apartment) and have filled the void with crappy (mainly because I put them together myself) $15 Walmart bookcases.  While I would ultimately love built in bookcases in the future, at the moment I would just like some nice matching sturdy bookcases to create a nice library.  I've been casually wondering onto the storage section of Ikea's website for days now.  Since grad school is done in May and I will be forced to move, I don't want to invest now.  However, if I get an awesome job and can afford some matching furniture, the bookshelves are going to be first on the list (such a librarian thing I'm sure, although at least my books are not organized by Dewey Decimal at home!).

So, it doesn't hurt to be prepared by looking longingly at my new fav Tumblr, Bookshelf Porn.  Enjoy.  I know I am!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year, New Librarian

I had an awesome New Year's Eve.  My closest friends and I wanted to go out, have a few drinks, celebrate quietly and go home so we could wake up refreshed and enjoy a leisurely breakfast.  Of course, since we wanted to keep it casual, it got a little crazy.  I mean, not super crazy, but still crazy enough that we all laid around on the couch/floor/bed until late into the afternoon.  Even a few tumblers of champagne will leave me tired and grouchy for a few days- seriously a sign of getting older.

After a few days on the couch, reading and eating leftover holiday cookies (which I pretended made me a lady of leisure but really made me more of a lazy slob) I am ready to get back into the swing of things- finishing some reading for one of my classes this term, applying for more jobs, and cleaning.

I never make resolutions because I don't really like feeling stuck.  I read somewhere that, instead of resolutions, we should vow to do more of the things we like and I think that's always been my philosophy.  I don't necessary want to change because I'm always changing.

Anyways, here are my grad student/librarian "resolutions" (aka things I want to do more of) for 2012

-BE EARLY FOR WORK!! (I am always on time or one minute late if campus is busy and I kind of hate feeling that stressed on my way to work.  So, I am just going to vow to get places early and check my email and chill.)
-Make a new recipe every week (doesn't have to be super extravagant or exotic, just something I have never tried.  Some things in the back of my mind- homemade fish sticks, legit carrot cake, meatball subs, yum!!!)
-In that vein, continue to support local businesses and, likewise, spend time making more homemade food instead of buying prepackaged stuff (when my grad school schedule allows).
-Finish working my way through all of the James Bond films (I love them but am not as excited now that I've hit the Roger Moore ones. I mean, Moonraker is ridiculous- weird villian falling in love scene, awkward astronaughts fighting in space, etc.)
-Apply for awesome jobs and entry level jobs alike.
-Be more confident about my skills and abilities.
-Be brave and fearless about the future.
-Streamline my wardrobe to be more professional. Get rid of sentimental pieces I have not worn in a year or more.
-Read more nonfiction (being an English major has trained me to only browse the fiction section but, dang, narrative nonfiction is pretty amazing!).
-Carve out time to stay in touch with close friends

I think I can manage most of these things!  Happy 2012!