Half a Dozen Bakeries
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American Library Association Annual
Conference: the Student-to-Staff Experience - June 14-21 San Francisco,
This past spring, I had the good fortune to be randomly
selected by our Student
Chapter of the American
Library Association (SALA) to work at the ALA Conference held
in San Francisco, CA as a Student-to-Staffer. I was placed with the
Office of Literacy and Outreach Services and "work" included
stuffing envelopes, manning tables, packing and unpacking materials,
or taking notes for about four hours each day of the conference. In
exchange for my help, my registration and lodging were paid.
Besides the experience of participating in a professional
conference, I was able to meet other MLIS students from around the
US and to learn more about the diversity of the field of library and
information science. It isn't just librarians getting together to
talk about cataloging books, but all types of information professionals
coming together to find ways to share information and improve education.
This was a very rewarding experience for me in that
this was my first professional conference and it gave me some guidance
and direction for my future career. I thoroughly recommend that all
MLIS students attend an ALA conference at some point in their time
here, and perhaps even volunteer as a Student-to-Staffer. Look for
information during Spring Quarter about volunteering for next year's
conference in Atlanta, GA. And please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions you might have.
a Dozen Bakeries in the Area
As the air turns crisp and we head into fall, we all
need to find a warm place close to the heart. Imagine yourself sitting
by the fire in a white terrycloth robe holding a cup of cocoa as music
plays softly. Alternately, just go to a bakery. Here are six in or near
A La Francaise
2609 NE University Villiage Mall
Located in the heart of University Village, A La
Francaise has several inside tables and an outside eating area with
people watching and bird watching and dog-watching opportunities.
Sample Menu Items: fancy cakes, breads, focaccia
pizza, scones, madeleines, macaroons, cookies, muffins, Monets, Van
Goghs, cinnamon rolls, Danish, brioche, pain au chocolat. Torrefazione
coffee, sandwiches, and seasonal goodies are also featured. Special
orders are accepted.
Forms of Payment: cash, checks, Visa or MasterCard.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7am-9pm,
2200 N 45th Street
This bakery in Wallingford offers authentic freshly
baked French delicacies. Savor your purchase inside or linger on one
of the outside benches.
Sample Menu Items: specialty baked breads, pastries (including baguettes,
French miche, pithvier, batard, brioche, tarts, croissants, window
cookies, and truffles), sandwiches, cheese, juice, and Batdori Bronson
coffees (Olympia Blend, Dancing Goats Blend, Kenya Decaf, and the
Forms of Payment: checks or cash.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, Sunday 7am-7:30pm, Friday-Saturday
Essential Baking Company
1604 N. 34th Street
Features friendly service and an attractive light-filled
eating area with brick walls and hardwood floors. Outside seating
is also available.
Sample Menu Items: many varieties of hearty bread,
sandwiches, pizza, pastries (brioche, cookies, Danish, tarts, palmier,
pithvier, pear puffs, croissants, muffins, coffee cakes, crackers,
opera cake, cream puff, mousse, brownies, scones, various sweet breads
- zucchini, pumpkin, lemon).
Forms of Payment: cash, checks, debit, or most major
Hours: Monday-Friday 6am-6pm, Saturday 8am-6pm,
Leah's Bakery and Café (2114 NE 65th Street
- (206) 985-2647) in Ravenna attracts customers from all parts of
the city. Take out your order or enjoy it in a comfortable booth.
Sample Menu Items: gourmet kosher foods including bakery items (challah,
honey cakes), desserts (apple crown cake, tea breads, bundt cakes,
pies, sugar-free apple crisp, cakes, brownies, French apple tart,
rugelach, mandlebroit, babka), deli items (kugel, savory tarts, hummus,
baba ganoush, borekas), and special request items (deli salads, knishes,
Forms of Payment: cash, checks, or credit cards.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9am-7pm, Friday 7am-5pm,
Saturday closed, Jewish holidays closed
Russian Bakery and Café
4311 University Way NE
The Russian Bakery and Cafe is conveniently located
across from University Book Store. It has tables inside and outside.
Sample Menu Items: main dishes (piroshhi, Bavarian
hot dogs, piroghi, stuffed cabbage, poppy seed rolls and coffee.
Forms of Payment: cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard,
or American Express cards.
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30am-7:30pm, Saturday 11am-7pm,
Sunday 12 Noon-5pm
4405 Wallingford Ave N.
The Wallingford Bakery is connected to Julia's Restaurant.
With tables inside and outside, it is the place to be on weekends.
Sample Menu Items: éclairs, vegan carrot walnut
bars, carrot walnut bars, vegan fruit oat bars, rice, broccoli cheddar
quiche, cookies, macaroons, lemon bars, coffee cake, scones, Café
Forms of Payment: cash or checks. No credit/ debit
Hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-3pm
Being a librarian often involves a variety of skills
outside of those that traditionally used to be associated with the profession.
Librarians are often called upon to be managers, development officers,
marketers, consultants, creators, and organizers, in many cases all
within the same position. Those in the profession know that this has
been the case for some time, and as the current profile demonstrates,
library and information science professionals are creative and innovative
individuals with a diverse range skills and challenges. In this issue
it is our pleasure to introduce Suzanne Reymer, who graduated in 1999
and is currently a Statewide Technology Librarian for the Montana State
After graduating, what were your job hunting experiences?
I knew I wanted to work as a trainer or consultant.
About a year before I graduated, I noticed a position at the Montana
State Library. I also considered applying for trainer positions
at places like the Gates
Foundation. When I happened upon another opening at the Montana
State Library several months before graduation, I decided to apply
and got the job, so my current position is actually the only one I
applied for and it fits perfectly. I finished the program on Thursday,
the moving van arrived on Friday and I hit the road on the following
Monday. My position at the Montana State Library covers a wide range
of areas and the travel requirements are not nearly as rigorous as
those of the Gates Foundation trainers.
What jobs have you held since graduating?
I'm an Information System Support Specialist according
to the State of Montana or a Statewide Technology Librarian according
to the Montana State Library. My primary responsibilities are to assist
public librarians in south central and southeastern Montana with their
technology questions or problems and to act as an E-Rate
consultant and coordinator for public libraries across the state.
Of course, I'm also consulted on a wide variety of other issues from
materials challenges to promoting and marketing the library. In addition,
I'm a Libraries
Build Sustainable Communities trainer for ALA.
This sent me to library association conferences in North and South
Dakota this fall. Last but not least, I work with my colleagues at
MSL to plan and implement statewide training opportunities and licensing
What are the things you enjoy about your job and
what are the challenges?
What I enjoy most about the job is also the greatest
challenge, the incredible variety of questions which arise in a given
day. Today, for example, I had questions on library laws, where to
post real estate listings on the web, E-Rate, OCLC
CatExpress, InfoTrac, etc. I get to work with public, school,
academic and special librarians.
Does your current position require your MLIS?
Yes and no. My position required a Masters of Library
and Information Science or equivalent experience. But the Montana
State Library sometimes has a difficult time finding an MLIS candidate
with the required experience and has been known to hire candidates
with less experience and train them.
Did you find that your MLIS prepared you for these
positions, or did they depend on skills you had before your MLIS or
acquired after your MLIS?
I'd say it's probably about 50/50 MLIS and previous
experience. The MLIS program was valuable for providing the basics,
the building blocks of library work. My previous experience, particularly
as a Peace Corps Volunteer taught me that it was okay not to know
everything. It also helped me to understand that I was not going to
change the world overnight and to be respectful of others' ways of
If you had to do it all over again, would you do
it all the same?
Definitely, yes, in regard to the career choice and
moving out of Seattle.
Any advice for students just starting their MLIS
in the ISchool?
I think that I would advise new students to take
a wide variety of courses. I knew I wanted to focus on technology
and took most of my electives from that track, which is fine, because
that's the main focus of my job, but I wish I had taken some courses
in public library areas like Children's literature, etc. Technological
skills will need to be updated before you even step outside the door
but the fundamentals of library service and philosophy stay with you.
Any advice for graduating students?
I would suggest strongly that graduating students
look for jobs outside the Seattle area, especially those that are
ambitious and are looking for opportunities to enhance their skills/experience/resumes.
You can move into leadership positions in the statewide library community
much quicker in a state like Montana than you can in Washington. For
example, I've only been in Montana for 2 years and I'm already the
ALA Chapter Councilor for the Montana Library Association.
I'd also say that it's very important to understand
what type of person you are and what is your optimal work environment.
Anyone who craves structure, organization and predictability in their
work would hate a position like mine. But it's perfect for someone
like me who doesn't like a great deal of supervision and enjoys variation
and challenges. Go where your strengths lie.
Class of 1999
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