To start off, I never really done a proper information interview before. I had gone to my hometown public libraries or school libraries as a pre-teen to introduce myself, ask for for the books I m looking for and then ask a few typical question you ask about their job; what they enjoyed about or how challenging is it. At the time, I was still curious about job options and had no idea I would be actually going into post-secondary to become a librarian. Now as first year student, in the library information and technician, I began to learn how to communicate properly as a librarian to Users and go more in depth of what librarians do behind the reference desk or books selves. I am very excited and quite apprehensive for the first assignment. I learned the difference between a cold call informational interview and a warm call informational interview in class and some tips on what to say to the interviewee. But to be honest, I was a little stress for the amount of time we had for the assignment. I like to plan when and who I like to speak too and give a day in advance so then I can go over what information I want and need to get from the interview. However in the end, I felt very confident in myself and more certain to do it again in the near future. For the information interview, I decided to warm call a teacher librarian who I had the honor to work beside for my co-op placement for my last second semester of high school.
The three questions I ask my Interviewee were:
- Can you describe one of your typical work days?
- What are two things you enjoy working at your work placement and two challenging at your work place?
- Are there any recommended courses or preparations to take that I should considered before proceeding further with college?
My three questions were fully answer and my interviewee gave me more information than I needed which I think is a definite positive of the interview because I love having more information I need and I learned more about what its like on a daily bases of being a teacher librarian than being a librarian technician. The interviewee describe her day very thoroughly with detail timetable and what kind of client service she gives which is being an agile librarian. What was a negative about the interview is that I found it rush and in a hurry since my interviewee has a very tight and busy timetable. Also, I like speaking to face to face with people when I have questions about their work experience and how they decided to choose their career path. What I learned from the interview is that I should expand from reading teen fiction to adult fiction and nonfiction and beyond that. I should also keep up with current events that is from the community, local, national and globally from the news, newspaper and social media so I can manage new information and knowledge for Users who wants update information.
End note: I also added at the end if there was anyone else than herself she can recommend me to speak to a different type of librarian because I may have more questions in the future that she may not have the answer or know of someone who can give a better response to mine questions. She told me to email or call Ontario Library Information Technicians Association and see if there a librarian in any of the field to mentor me to get new job skills and new hands on experience.I find warm emailing very easy for me since I knew and work with the interviewee, however if I were to do a cold call/ email in the near future, I would do a face to face informational interview because then I can see what the interviewee is saying and doing when he/ her are being interview.