Prior to becoming a librarian, I was variously: a circus student, a cheesemonger, and a grocery store manager. The primary legacies from my past are a love of good food (especially cheese) and a decent back bend.
From September 2015 to January 2021 I worked for the Oakland Public Library. I started as the Adult Services librarian at the Rockridge branch, and then, following a brief stint as Acting Manager for the Golden Gate branch, I moved to the Main library where I eventually worked as the Senior librarian for Programming, Outreach and Engagement.
At Oakland, I am most proud of starting the Community Kiosk. Funded by a Friends Innovation Grant, the Community Kiosk built on our existing drop-in Veterans Resource Center. The Kiosk invites local organizations into the library to provide outreach services to our patrons. Partners have included the Employment Development Department, Homeless Action Center, Alameda County Food Bank, Oakland Tenant’s Union, and the SPCA. Services have included everything from help with Social Security Benefits to flu shots to resume and job search help.
In my previous position as an Adult and Virtual Services librarian at the City of Mountain View Public Library (July 2012 – September 2015), I had my hands in a lot of pies, including: ordering 200s, 300s and 600s, the MVPL Seed Library, Silicon Valley Grows, the Library Bike Stop project, and the ESL Conversation Club.
I founded and wrote the blog Hiring Librarians, which ran from February 2012 to January 2016. Through this work I had the opportunity to conduct surveys and interviews with hundreds of people who hire librarians, in all library types, and nearly 600 job hunting librarians. I worked with the authors of over 15 books on LIS careers, and of 20 scholarly articles. I curated crowd-sourced resume/CV review, and a crowd-sourced list of interview questions. I learned a lot!
I am very proud to have been elected to the Board of the California Library Association in October 2018. I am glad to work for and with libraries across the state.
If you’d like to get in touch with me, the best way is to email emilyweakATgmail.