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DMIL Member Interview with Rebecca Kammerer

1.       How did you get involved in military librarianship?

My husband is active duty military and I have been lucky enough to find work as a librarian on several military posts.

2.       How did you get involved in DMIL?

At the suggestion of my boss, I attended my first MLTW in 2015. While there I was asked to get involved with the division. I thought what a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and learn more about the organization and the people.

3.       What has been your best experience working for the military?

My first military librarian position was in Germany. What an amazing experience. I was so fortunate to have been able to travel and learn so much about the country and Europe. We had a great post library too! Sadly, Storck Barracks in Illeshiem is now closed.

4.       What has been your best experience being involved in DMIL?

The best experience while in DMIL has been watching MLTW 2017 evolve from just a date to a complete workshop. I’ve had the opportunity to watch and help the development process take place; from discussions on who we should have present at the workshop to the registration process to what to serve for a Networking Breakfast. The commitment of and hard work by the committee has been inspirational.

5.       What positions in DMIL have you held?

Chair

6.       If someone were to visit your library or your town, what would you be sure to show them or recommend that they see?

I would take them to our library and Learning Center of course! As the Home of Army Aviation at Ft. Rucker, AL our Tech Library houses a very unique collection of materials on aviation, military science and military history. The library is connected to the Aviation Learning Center which provides helicopter trainers for our flight students. Sometimes their equipment is even more popular than our materials in the library. 

7.       Please recommend one LIS-specific book or article that you read recently that you found particularly good. What makes it worthwhile?

I would recommend ADM Stavridis’ book The Leader’s Bookshelf. I recently read an interview with him about this book and was impressed at how strongly he stressed the importance of professional reading. His suggested readings will be an asset to our existing leadership collection. ADM Stavridis holds a special interest for me as well since I lived at SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in Belgium while he was SACEUR (Supreme Allied Commander Europe).  

8.       If you were to recommend one book, just for fun, what would it be?

Right now I’m reading It by Steven King. I want to see the movie but decided to read the book first. The book it partially set in the 1980’s and it’s fun to be reminded of how things were 35 years or so ago – not even a glimmer of the smartphone.

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