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Elevator Speech

A blog post from Librarian Unafraid really got me thinking this morning about my “elevator speech.” You know, the one you give to people when they ask youElevator Buttons why you are studying to get your MLIS, or why you are/want to be a librarian. Here’s the original article, and below is the elevator speech I brainstormed this morning.  I deffinately think it is a work in progress, but it was fun to try and put into words why I choose this career path.  What about you?  What would your elevator speech be?  Do you have any suggestions for mine?  Feel free to share yours in the comment section below!


Elevator Speech

Question: What made you want to go to school to become a librarian?

Answer: I’ve always been drawn to the public library. In fact any time I move, the first thing I do is get a library card! It’s the best way to instantly feel like you are a part of your community. Plus, who doesn’t love taking advantage of free resources and materials? When I decided to go back to school for my master’s, I realized that I could make a career out of my passion for the public library by studying the profession. My classes are so much more than the Dewey Decimal System and reading books. I’m learning about integrating technology into a community, how to plan and promote programs, how to develop working relationships with key community members and advocate for grant money. Every day is something different and exciting, and I love the fact that I have now become an advocate for the preservation of the Library. My degree is giving me skills that are applicable in a wide variety of circumstances and I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision.


About Me


My name is Allison (Alli) Mennella, and after this class, I will be halfway done with the LIS program!  I am focusing primarily on reference and one day aspire to work in an academic setting as a reference librarian (focusing on library user instruction). It is my goal to work with other librarians/library students to redesign the idea of “reference” and make it more “2.0” (maybe even “3.0”??) for users.  Some avenues I am currently exploring include:  finding a space for librarians on, organizing an industry chat on Twitter for librarians/library students, and holding a “tweet up” for tweeting/blogging librarians in the Chicgoland area.  If anyone is interested in these ideas please let me know as I would love to have someone to bounce ideas around with!

In my professional life, I work for a Library in the West Suburbs  in the Community Services Department as well as, a website that provides valuable visitor information to travelers as well as advertising opportunities to local businesses in the major cities throughout the United States and Canada.  I was hired on to manage their Digital Media Accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare currently).  I love this job not only because I am able to explore ways to use marketing techniques via social networking sites (aka…play on Facebook and Twitter during the day), but I get to do all that from the comfort of my own apartment!  There is something to be said about being able to telecommute for your job J

In my spare time I enjoy running, and I just completed my first ½ marathon in August (the Rock and Roll ½ Marathon in Chicago).  I also recently joined CrossFit of Naperville and have found the workouts to be incredibly intense and rewarding at the same time.  Finally, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and friends from my undergraduate College (Augustana College), going to downtown Naperville or Chicago.  Oh, and I am a humongous Chicago Bulls fan. Derrick Rose is my hero.