Sarah Glogowski | Curtis Kendrick | Nicole Waskie-Laura | Rebecca Hopman
Name: Rebecca Hopman
Photo via the Corning Museum of Glass
Describe your current position: Outreach Librarian at the Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass
Educational Background: BA, History, English, and German, Augustana College (IL); MLS, University of Maryland, College Park
What is most interesting about your current position? Learning about a whole new subject area (glass) and exploring the unique collections at the Rakow Library.
What has been your biggest professional challenge? Curating the Rakow's upcoming exhibition, Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library. We are showcasing well over 200 items from our collection over the course of two years.
What was your background before becoming a librarian? I've always worked in libraries! I did consider going to art school for sculpture, but the history nerd in me won out.
What would you be doing if you weren't a librarian? Trying to make my way as a writer or artist.
What is the most interesting issue in librarianship today? Finding innovative ways to reach out to and engage current and new communities. I love seeing the campaigns, programming, and events my fellow outreach, marketing, and programming archivists and librarians create.
What are you most proud of? The 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs!
What other organizations are you involved with? Mainly the Society of American Archivists (RAO, SNAP) and the American Library Association (ACRL, RBMS).
What advice would you give to a new librarian? Enjoy what you do, it shows in your work! And try to volunteer or get internships in a variety of libraries/archives. You might find you like a job you wouldn't have expected.
What software/web tools do you use regularly? Microsoft Office, Adobe CS, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Basecamp, among others.
Favorite social media platform: It's a tie between Instagram and tumblr. There are great library and archives communities on both.
Favorite blog or website: npr.org, and recently, apartmenttherapy.com.
What do you do to relax? Read, binge-watch Netflix, listen to podcasts, and do a variety of crafty things (embroidery, knitting, etc.).
What is the most daring thing you've ever done? Moving to places where I don't know anyone.
What would you like to learn? Graphic design and Swedish. I'd also like to go back to school for a MA in history and/or gender studies.
Is there anything about you that others would be surprised to know? I may be the most introverted outreach librarian around.
Name: Nicole Waskie-Laura
Photo via Twitter
Describe your current position: School Library System Director for Broome-Tioga BOCES
Educational Background: BA, English Literature, SUNY Geneseo; MS, Information and Library Science, University of Buffalo, MS, Educational Administration, University of Scranton; Advanced Certificate, School Building and District Leader, Canisius College
What is most interesting about your current position? Having the time and capacity to be on the front lines of educational trends, changes, and research - as well as having the privilege of being a trusted communicator of that information to the librarians, teachers, and administrators in our schools.
What has been your biggest professional challenge? My first day on the job: 25 Kindergartners, one me.
What was your background before becoming a librarian? My first "adult" job was in a school library. Prior to that, I was spending my summers scooping ice cream at a local shop.
What would you be doing if you weren't a librarian? Something in graphic design or an Etsy-esque job: paper crafts, baking, party planning. I can throw a well-planned party like you wouldn't believe.
What is the most interesting issue in librarianship today? The convergence of all subject areas toward a model of inquiry - English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science are all moving toward a focus on student-led discovery and construction of knowledge. It's an exciting time for school librarians since this is right in our wheelhouse.
What are you most proud of? My husband and my two boys.
What other organizations are you involved with? School Library Systems Association, NYS Educational Media and Technology Association, Roberson Museum and Science Center & WSKG Education Advisory Committees.
What advice would you give to a new librarian? Find your niche within the profession. There is such a diversity of options for those trained in library science, find what you're passionate about and run with it.
What software/web tools do you use regularly? Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, PicMonkey, FormSite.
Favorite social media platform: Personally, Instagram; professionally, Twitter.
Favorite blog or website: NPR.org, KQED Mind/Shift
What do you do to relax? Do something crafty, yoga, go exploring in the great outdoors with my kiddos.
What is the most daring thing you've ever done? Jumped off a concrete breakwater in Denia, Spain.
What would you like to learn? Oh, everything! I love learning. I could happily be a professional student. I'm intrigued by the neuroscience of learning. I also want to become fluent in another language - Spanish or Italian.
Is there anything about you that others would be surprised to know? I have a homemaker's heart and a feminist brain.
Name: Curtis Kendrick
Photo via Inside Binghamton University
(and another Q&A with Curtis)
Describe your current position: Dean of Libraries, Binghamton University
Educational Background: AB, History, Brown University; MS, Library & Information Science, Simmons College; MBA, Emory University
What is most interesting about your current position? Getting to work with a group of fantastic people committed to public higher education and Binghamton University in particular.
What has been your biggest professional challenge? Convincing the faculty of Harvard University that it was ok to send their library books 35 miles away to an off-site shelving facility.
What was your background before becoming a librarian? I played in an unsuccessful rock and roll band. Mostly we practiced in the basement of our house.
What would you be doing if you weren't a librarian? Hard time.
What is the most interesting issue in librarianship today? The social, cultural and economic implications of the transition from print to digital information.
What are you most proud of? My wife and children.
What other organizations are you involved with? American Library Association, Association of College & Research Libraries. Until very recently I was a Trustee of the Yonkers Board of Education.
What advice would you give to a new librarian? Enjoy what you are doing or do something else.
What software/web tools do you use regularly? Word, Excel, Safari, Logic, Cubase.
Favorite social media platform: Facebook.
Favorite blog or website: http://orb.binghamton.edu
What do you do to relax? Play music.
What is the most daring thing you've ever done? Fill out the SCRLC Member Profile.
What would you like to learn? How to sing.
Is there anything about you that others would be surprised to know? Mistakes were made.
Name: Sarah Glogowski
(Photo via the Lansing Star)
Current Position: Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Library System
Education: B.A. in History from Syracuse University; MLS from SUNY Albany
What is the most interesting part of your job?
I love visiting all of our member libraries to see what interesting programs and services they are providing to their communities. I'm constantly amazed at the high quality programs and commitment the library directors and their boards have to making their libraries succeed, often with limited resources and staff.
What has been your biggest professional challenge?
My largest challenge is to make sure our libraries are sustainable financially in order to survive. I feel one of my most important roles as a public library system director is to show the importance of advocacy and making people comfortable explaining why their library is vital to their community and why they need more funding.
What was your background before becoming a librarian?
Professionally, the only job I've ever had was being a librarian. Before I decided on library school, I did some curating work in some museums and thought of getting my Masters in museum studies.
What would you be doing if you weren't a librarian?
I'd love to research and write true crime articles.
What is the most interesting issue in librarianship today?
For me, my first love in librarianship is readers' advisory and I still think it is one of the most interesting aspects of being a public librarian. Librarians tend to panic when someone asks them for a good book to read. But for me, it always opened up an opportunity to have a conversation about different authors, titles and genres with our patrons.
What are you most proud of?
I've been lucky enough to work on some large scale community reads in my previous job at our central library, Tompkins County Public Library. I'm proud that we went from working with just a small handful of community organizations to over 70 for the Cornell/TCPL Community Read. I also am proud that through my work with the MLK Community Build project a few years ago, I got 10,000 copies of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last book out into our community.
What other organizations are you involved with?
Besides library organizations, I'm on the Board of Leadership Tompkins, a leadership program for aspiring or existing community leaders to learn about local issues and leadership skills. It's a program I went through in 2007 and love immensely. I also am the Past President of the Ithaca Downtown Business Women Association and am a public library representative for the TST BOCES School Librarian Consortium.
What advice would you give to a new librarian?
Learn about the community you are serving and remember that you can't wait for the patrons to come to you – you need to go to them also.
What software/web tools do you use regularly?
Lately I've been on a lot of meetings through GoToMeeting.
Favorite social media platform:
Instagram. I follow everything from libraries, to home design, to chefs, to Goats of Anarchy.
Favorite blog or website:
I read a lot of fiction blogs, and a new one I like is crimebythebook.com. I also spend too much time on the New York Times and Daily Mail websites.
What do you do to relax?
Reading Nordic mysteries, baking, and hanging out with my nephews who are four and seven.
What is the most daring thing you've ever done?
The most daring thing I've done professionally is leaving a job I loved. Leaving led me to my current job, which I also love, so even though it was scary, it was the right decision.
What would you like to learn?
I love learning languages, and over the years I've learned French, Spanish, Italian and Russian. I'd like to learn more languages, but I'm not sure which one is next!
Is there anything about you that others would be surprised to know?
Libraries have been a part of my life since I was four years old. I grew up living in the Weller Library in Mohawk, NY. My living room had a door to the non-fiction room. One of my favorite memories is sneaking into the library at night to grab books to read off the shelves. It really was the best place to grow up and I'm sure influenced me to become a librarian.