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What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is that every day is different. I get asked to do research on a variety of topics, from medical device recalls to business intelligence on a client. There’s always something new to learn and there’s never a dull day! I’ve also learned a lot about the legal field itself and particularly enjoy teaching attorneys and paralegals new technologies and processes to streamline their workflow.
What’s the one piece of advice you would tell someone new to the field?
Be open with the type of library you’re willing to working in. When I was in library school I was sure I was going to work as an academic library, hopefully as an English/Humanities liaison. But my “dream job” never happened and I ended up as a law librarian. Now, I really can’t imagine working in anything other than special libraries.
What do you value about SLA?
SLA, especially our St. Louis Chapter, is great because you really get to meet librarians from across all different fields. We have librarians who work in public, academic, corporate, medical, law, and many others! It’s great to bounce ideas off of people in different types of libraries who can offer a fresh perspective.
What has been your favorite SLA event?
I really enjoy trivia night! Even though it’s a ton of work to put on (I was in charge of it 2 years ago), it’s great to catch up with friends for a little friendly competition. I also really enjoyed the tour of the Missouri History Museum last year. It was really cool to see some of the materials they have. Of course the happy hours are great too!
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I’m so behind on my reading and I keep finding new shows to watch, so I’ve been working on The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz for a little while now. I also have Wild by Cheryl Stayed on my shelf. I said I wasn’t going to watch the movie until I read the book and have been waiting to see it for over 3 years now.
Lastly, how can people connect with you? (LinkedIn, email, twitter, etc)
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/deannefix
Twitter – @fixdm13