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This blog post is a part of my Interview With a Librarian series. I interview librarians who share the stories of their careers and the books they love. You can see all my other interviews here!
This week I’m chatting with Pamela Thompson. She’s the library media specialist, IT specialist, and webmaster for a school that serves grades 6-8. Enjoy!
Q. Tell us a little about yourself.
Q. How long have you been working in libraries and how did you get your start?
10 years. I’ve loved book since my first encounter probably in the womb…..Always read to as a child, thank goodness. I became a high school English teacher and librarianship was out of reach since I live in far west Texas and the nearest school was over 500 miles away…until the Internet! I went to University of North Texas and became a librarian…my dream job!
Q. What is your favorite thing about working in libraries?
Talking to the kids every day. They have opened my mind to a world of possibilities in learning, in technology, in life.
Q. What is the most challenging thing about working in libraries?
Having my time taken up by paperwork and inventory of tech and computers. My job has evolved into me being the go to person on campus for all things tech.
Q. What are some of your favorite books?
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
- Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Q. What are you currently reading?
Since I’m an active and voracious blogger, reviewer and reader, what am I NOT reading is a better question. Currently, I’m reading Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, Absolutely Truly, Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style, Wendig Blackbirds, and Willful Machines.
Our book fairs are epic! I always have a game tie-in or two. And I use 8th grade advanced stage production class to build my sets….sarcophagus for Egyptian theme, “monsters” with large mouths for bean bag monster toss for monster book fair, HUGE camel for Egypt, etc.
Also, this year I’ve begun a coding group during every lunch shift. And our fantastic book clubs!
Q. If money was no object, what one thing would you do to improve your library now?
Cooler teen furniture and redesign spaces for teens. Also serve hot tea and cocoa in a “café” type setting
Q. What are your favorite professional development resources?
LM_NET for sure… and all the fab librarians I’ve met there….many contacts and friends
Also, Texas Library Association and its annual conferences!
Q. Any words of wisdom you’d like to share with new librarians?
SMILE…join LM_NET, go to state conferences, join Twitter groups with like interests, find cohorts to bounce ideas off of, ask kids for help.
Many thanks to Pamela for sharing her story with us. Please leave her a comment below to let her know you appreciate her. If you’d like to be featured in an upcoming interview, please fill out this form.
Title image courtesy of Aleksi Tappura via UnSplash. Head shot courtesy of Pamela Thompson.