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Meet Janice Moore-Smith, NYPL's Education and Career Specialist


3/2/2009 - Janice Moore-Smith is an education and career specialist with The New York Public Library’s Career and Education Information Service at the Bronx Library Center. As a career counselor, Mrs. Moore-Smith provides individual and group education and career counseling, as well as resume and cover letter critiquing for both young adults and adult patrons. In addition, she assists with conducting Internet searches on financial aid and colleges, and also helps with posting resumes on the Internet.

What are your favorite books?

James Baldwin, Native Son

Books written during the Harlem Renaissance

What are your favorite movies?

The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather, Part II, directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Reds, directed by Warren Beatty

What are your favorite albums/CDs?

Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace

Everything by The Beatles

What are you currently working on?

President Obama has indicated that there will be many job openings in the future for people who have “green”/environmental backgrounds, education or training. I am researching training/education and employment opportunities in this area to disseminate to patrons who want to discuss career choices.

Why do you love The New York Public Library?

My very first job at age 15 was as a page at the Van Cortland Branch. I made $1.46 an hour. I had vowed that the NYPL was going to be my first and last job no matter what other work I did in the intervening years. Why did I make this prediction? It was because I loved the Library — its books, its knowledgeable, no-nonsense librarians, the atmosphere, and the community-focused programs. None of these offerings have changed; they’ve only gotten better.