Last Wednesday, we started our After-Dark Series for the Spring semester at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute. Assistant Librarian, Claudia Dold, spoke to the students about the mission of the library and gave them a little background of the director of the library, Ardis Hanson.
She also discussed the importance of networking and joining professional associations. Ms. Dold did say that just joining a professional association was not enough; you should also be active in the organization. For example, Claudia is the treasurer for the Florida and Caribbean Regional Conference.
Ms. Dold reviewed her own interview process in receiving the position at FMHI and what she believes academic librarians are looking for in their job candidates. The meeting ended with a tour of the library and counting the number of bathrooms in odd locations contained within. She explained that the library was at one time a mental health dormitory.
The next After-Dark Lecture will be on February 2, 2011, at the John F. Germany Public Library. Andrew Breidenbaugh, Chief Librarian for the Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library, will discuss the path to his current position, along with the different history and art collections in the library, and his take on the future of public librarianship.