Tell me as much about yourself as you are comfortable. Let me know what name to use (your actual name or Twitter handle) Amelia
What did you get your Bachelor’s in? English
What made you decide to go to library school? I didn’t know what to do with my degree and it was winter break of my senior year of college. I was walking around my local library browsing the stacks when it hit me, that becoming a librarian might be a career choice for me. So I went home and started looking into what it would consist of, and what steps I needed to take and by the end of winter break I had taken the GREs and had started applying to library school.
What is your role in the library? I am currently a librarian in our IT Department and my main job is as the Systems Administrator.
How did you get there? Do you like it? I started off as the IT Liasion at the branch I was working at, as the IT department gained faith in me, they started giving me more tasks to do at the branch so they didn’t have to come out. When my predecessor announced she was going to retire I was interested in applying for her job and was encouraged by her to apply. I do enjoy what I’m doing, it’s a mix of my favorite parts of being a librarian, while also getting to work behind the scenes which fits my personality.
Would you ever want to work elsewhere: a different department or admin? At this time no, but I won’t say never, as I don’t know where I’ll be in the future.
What do you like about your job? Dislike? I like that I work behind the scenes and I don’t have to deal with people face to face a lot. I dislike the pressure and stress of the job during this pandemic.
Why the love for Jane Austen? I can’t really explain it, I had to read Emma for a college class and just fell in love with the story and Austen’s writing. I ended up listening to all six audiobooks that summer.
How did you get involved in the Jane Austen Society? In grad school I made a friend who also like Austen’ work. Both of us had been reading the blog that our region has and we decided to attend a meeting. The women were all so welcoming and we had such a good time we both decided to become members. I volunteered to help with the social media and ended up running the blog, facebook page and twitter account. Then when the Regional Chair position opened up, no one else wanted it and I stepped up and here we are.
What are you currently reading? Currently listening to Pheobe Reads a Mystery and she’s currently reading Jane Eyre. I’m trying to read Storm Front by Jim Butcher but my attention span is pretty much nil at this point so my reading is lagging at the moment.
How are you a mini-geek? What do you geek out about? I say that because compared to my friends I’m not as fully geeky as them. They can go on and on about some topics and I’m like I enjoy the movie or that one character. I enjoy Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, D&D, board game, video games, and computer games. There’s more, but let’s just leave it at that.
I know you have a dog. Tell me about him. I adopted Pippin almost 3 years ago. I wasn’t fully ready for a new dog in my life after my first dog had passed but I happened to see a post from a local rescue and I thought he was cute. I clicked to read his bio and found out he was 14, had been surrendered in November and it was now Feburary. I just knew I had to be his forever home for these last years of his life. He’s my pain in the butt old man. He eats, sleeps and goes outside to do his business. He’s spoiled and loved and pretty much rules the main floor of the house.
You play D & D: what made you start playing? My friends were playing and they invited me to come hang out and I decided to give it a try and just fell in love with the game. I liked the story telling and getting to spend time with my friends.
Current favorite food choice? pasta…always pasta
Last binge watch? Currently bingeing Schitt’s Creek, I’m in the middle of season 3.
Tell me one quirky thing about you. I have to listen to my daily podcasts in a certain order.
What country do you most want to travel to? Scotland, only because I’ve never been but I’d love to go back to any of the countries I’ve been to to see more.
Favorite curse word? Fuck