NMRT Member of the Month Spotlight: Carissa Neary

Our newest NMRT Member of the Month is Carissa Neary! Carissa is the Development Manager at New Castle Public Library, New Castle, PA. Many thanks to Carissa for taking the time to answer some questions about her role, NMRT, and advice for new librarians.

What are some things you like about your job or about working in libraries in general?

I love how much of an impact the local library has on the community. In my youth, I frequented the library a lot with my family enjoying the program especially with the visits from the dogs. After my teens, I primarily only utilized the library for my collegiate studies. Since starting to work at the library, I have come to greatly appreciate the services, resources, and programs offered along with the positive impact made on the community.

What got you interested in libraries?

I have had multiple positions in libraries and am really excited to be back at one. In college, I worked in the library at the circulation desk assisting students with research and filing their needed materials. After college, I worked as a long-term building substitute in a middle school (grades 6-8).

What is one of your favorite things about NMRT?

My favorite thing about NMRT is the welcoming, engaging community. I appreciate the support offered by the community forum and discussions.

Do you have any advice for other new librarians?

While I do not work directly in the service side of the library, I see many aspects and opportunities for growth and development of the library. I think it’s important for new librarians to be comfortable with trying out new ideas to engage with the community.

Do you know an outstanding librarian or librarian-in-training? Submit a nomination using our online form. Self-nominations welcome!

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