About

srs mePrior to becoming a librarian, I was variously: a circus student, a cheesemonger, and a grocery store manager. Pretty much the only legacies from my past are a love of good food (especially cheese) and a decent back bend. As of the end of September 2015, I am an adult services librarian for the Oakland Public Library.  I’m super excited to be able to bike to work.

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 work with a loose knit group of librarians with bikes to organize semi-regular monthly rides.  Ride with Librarians has visited a brewery, two street fairs, and stopped for Thai Temple brunch.  After a winter hiatus, we hope to start riding again in April 2016.

If you’d like to get in touch with me, the best way is to email emilyweakATgmail.

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