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Best Job Ever: Renegade Librarian Megan Prelinger

Renegade librarian, cultural historian, collector of the uncommon, library builder — settling on a title for Megan Prelinger is tough. We visited Megan at her namesake library, San Francisco’s Prelinger Library, to peek at its unusual artifacts and learn how Megan got her awesome job.

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Best Job Ever: Nikki Dinsmore, Sea Otter Aquarist

Sea Otter Aquarist. Do we need to tell you much more to convince you that Nikki Dinsmore has the best job ever? Nevertheless, you should check out the behind-the-scenes video anyway.

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Best Job Ever: Rachel Khoo, Food Creative

With her rich red lipstick, polka dotted frocks, and bubbly personality, Rachel Khoo makes multitasking fun and easy. Meet the awe-inspiring creative in this month’s Best Job Ever.

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Best Job Ever: Pantone Color Specialist Leatrice Eiseman

In the latest (and most colorful!) installment of our Best Job Ever series, we talk to Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. Read on for more on how her career came to be.

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Best Job Ever: Typographer & Illustrator Extraordinaire Jessica Hische

It’s not every day that you get to meet your career idol, but we made it happen for ModCloth graphic designer Erynn when she interviewed star typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische!

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Best Job Ever: Lexicographer Erin McKean of Wordnik.com

In honor of Dictionary Day, we set out to find the wordiest woman out there. Meet lexicographer Erin McKean, our latest Best Job Ever candidate, and learn how she whittled a career out of words.

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Best Job Ever: Creative Powerhouse Bri Emery of Designlovefest

Conqueror of creative ventures left and right, Bri Emery takes the cake when it comes to ladies who have the Best Job Ever. Read on to hear what the Designlovefest diva had to share.

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Best Job Ever: Jeanna Parham, Wig Master

Meet Jeanna Parham, American Conservatory Theater’s in-house Wig Master. The resident wig guru tells us how she landed her dream gig in the latest installment of our Best Job Ever series.

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Best Job Ever: Jen O’Neal, Founder of Tripping.com

Jen O’Neal, founder of global travel community site Tripping, recognized the need for a site where adventure-seekers could connect and plan trips off the beaten path after several eye-opening trips abroad in 2009. Her go-getter ‘tude propelled her mission to create Tripping, a site on which users can find folks to connect with for conversation, language exchanges, free homestays, or even rent luxury villas. Yup, owning your own travel startup definitely qualifies for a Best Job Ever!

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Best Job Ever: Sara Spearin, Donut Queen (And Her Tips For Creating a Donut Cake!)

As the founder and owner of San Francisco’s beloved Dynamo Donut and Coffee, Sara Spearin‘s daily routine involves transforming dough into mouthwatering flavors ranging from Lemon Sichuan to Chocolate Star Anise. Since today is National Donut Day, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to ask the “Donut Queen” to show off her skills, share her tips on making the perfect donut cake, and fill us in on what it’s like having the best job ever.

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Best Job Ever: Susan Dicks, Wildlife Biologist and Veterinarian

Diving headfirst into a wolf den or driving cross-country in a van full of wolves may sound like sequences from a Hollywood action flick, but for Susan Dicks, they’re just another part of the job. As a wildlife biologist and veterinarian on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, her days involve everything from government paperwork to den diving, all of which are done in the hope of saving the Mexican wolf from extinction.

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Best Job Ever: Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl

Can you imagine learning about grammar for fun? If you said no, then you haven’t heard of Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl. Writer of the podcast, Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (named the Best Classic Podcast by iTunes in 2009 and 2010), and several great-to-read, highly applauded books, Mignon has put the verve back in verbs and the cool back in commas.

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Best Job Ever: Emily Henderson, Interior Designer

Emily Henderson never imagined she would become an interior designer, let alone one with her own Home & Garden TV show. After winning the reality TV competition Design Star, the former prop stylist received her own show, HGTV’s Secrets from a Stylist. Each week, you can catch Emily on the tube, diagnosing clients’ style and creating customized looks for their homes. It’s hard not to be inspired by Emily’s creativity and knack for styling, or love Emily for saying she’s more at home sourcing pieces from thrift stores than fancy decor boutiques.

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Best Job Ever: Janie Bryant, Mad Men Costume Designer

How could you not be mad for Janie Bryant? The ultra-talented costume designer is ridiculously good at her job (check out that Emmy chilling on her bookshelf), effortlessly stylish, and, probably one of the nicest people ever. We dropped by Janie’s cozy, sunlit Los Angeles studio to ask her how she got such an awesome job, the details on her recently published book and soon-to-come website, and, of course, what it’s like dressing the ladies and gents of Sterling Cooper.

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