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Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Things keep happening to me."

I interviewed Meredith Gillies, Library Assistant to the Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota, as part of a special show on the collection's 60th Anniversary. (She poses in front of the cake from the anniversary exhibit.) She told me her story after the tour, how she came to a job that she really likes, and a very rich creative life, through a series of lucky accidents and also through taking a lot of student jobs seriously over the years. I think the story of Meredith's persistence and optimism and good luck is one that lots of job-seeking undergrads need to hear - if only to get it straight that this sort of story is possible.

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