5 tips for short-term employment

Here I go again, making excuses for not writing! Lately I’ve been settling into a new job–by which I mean falling asleep on the couch after eating dinner. In case you were wondering, I’m working as a contract librarian at a Federal library–but my contract is only for two months and currently it’s looking like my contract will not be renewed.

As my body settles into the new routine, I’d like to share some of the things I’ve learned about working in a new place, especially when it’s under a time limit. For anyone in library school, this advice would probably be useful for internships, too!

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Baby’s first interview

My interview outfit

Me lookin’ awkward after my interview

Last week, I went on my very first interview for a librarian position! It was very exciting and nerve-wracking, but I made it through alive.

The interview went so well that I was offered the job. I’ll be working on the reference desk for a Federal library and also doing work for their digital branch.

I’m really excited to move to a new job, especially since it’s actually in the library field. I’m nervous about working on a reference desk, but totally excited to explore the digital branch.

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e-Portfolios: Mobile

mobile version of kzawodny.info

A few months ago, Hack Library School posted about e-portfolios and their benefits. Ever since, I’ve been working on creating my very own e-portfolio and thought that I would share some of the things that I’ve learned. I’m working on a 4 part series that describes the different things I’ve been thinking about while designing and creating my e-portfolio including content, design, publishing, and mobile.

Having a mobile version of your site might not make sense, especially if you’re using a product that creates a mobile version for you. WordPress is an excellent example of a site that creates a mobile version. About.me creates a very nice looking and usable mobile version, but flavors.me does not.

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Let’s talk about confidence

It has always been hard for me to feel confident in my opinions and authority in different subjects. Once, after giving a timid presentation in undergrad, my professor approached me after class and asked me what was up. I told him I didn’t feel confident about presenting my reading of the text and he told me: “You’ve been researching and writing about this topic all semester. What do you mean you don’t feel confident? You have more authority about this passage than anyone in this class!”

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Professional Organizations for the Frugal

NOTE: I started this post back in February and obviously didn’t finish it. The first organization I list has a description, but the rest don’t. At least the list and prices could be helpful to some!

It’s only late February and I already have that itchy feeling under my nails that says, “It’s springtime! Start a project!” Unfortunately, I already have too many projects already begun to start a new one. Continue reading


I don’t have much to say today (I have so many things I want to say, but I have other things I need to do…), but I did want to share how excited I am about EVERYTHING. I think I’ve talked about how gratifying it is to be passionate and excited and just enamored with what you’re doing (or will be doing/want to be doine/are currently studying) before, but let me just tell you again. It is SO gratifying!

In any case, we talked about transliteracy and outreach in my reference class yesterday. These are both topics that I find extremely interesting and important. And I really want to learn more about them and see how they are put into practice and to one day practice them myself!

I’m just excited for the future. Whatever.

Community Senses

One of the main reasons I wanted to get into the library profession was the sense of community I felt when I was working as a page in high school. The librarians and staff were friendly, cooperative, and supportive of everyone who walked through those doors. That’s the kind of environment in which I see myself thriving and growing as a person. And it’s that sense of community that drives my professional development. I want to start finding ways to be involved in my community and making it that friendly, cooperative, and supportive environment that I myself enjoyed for many years. I want that to be a common theme throughout the rest of my life. Continue reading

Not enough time to do it all: Scheduling

Not to brag, or anything, but I have a job. In this day and age—and especially for my current situation—this makes me pretty lucky. I just graduated from college, I’m in grad school, and I have little to no “real” experience. This makes me an under qualified professional with little time—yet I sit in front of a computer screen 3 days a week for 8 hours a day. Doin’ stuff that makes me money. Continue reading