Joshua Mitch

Joshua Mitch

Librarian I

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library


My road in life has taken me all over.
Went to art school but decided it wasn't a practical career choice.
Was Undeclared but was drawn to writing and philosophy.
Majored in English, minor in Philosphy, received a small scholarship for my poetry.
Graduated and lived with 7 close friends, not sure how to find a job in my field.
Worked residential construction for three years, wrote and recorded an album.
Moved to a new city for graduate school to get my MLS degree, started entry level job at a library.
Graduated, worked two jobs in the library, and then got certified as a paralegal (weekend classes).
Got promoted to current position, which requires my masters degree.


Librarian I

I provide reference and advisory services to library patrons in the Buffalo city branch libraries.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

Typically I work the reference desk, circulation desk, and supervise staff simultaneously. I will help patrons with research, give hands-on technology training, and of course, the standard printed sources. Libraries are becoming increasingly digital so I spend a lot of time tutoring patrons on their iPads, tablets, and other devices. Most libraries offer free e-books, so ask your friendly neighborhood librarian about that! The city branch libraries really offer more than I can explain here!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Keep an open mind, I never expected to end up in the profession I am in. Always say yes to an interesting experience!

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Anything you enjoy
Public Administration


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You should look into a more practical career, something related to finance or business."

Challenges I Overcame

Social anxiety