So I had another miscarriage

Job Search Stress? Time for a Break!

Using Social Media for Your Job Search

For the Love of "Librarian"

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So I had another miscarriage

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by Naomi House, MLIS So I had another miscarriage On Thursday I went in for my 10 week ultrasound. Because I am higher risk we had an ultrasound every two weeks or so and had seen the fetus and heard its heartbeat at 6 weeks and 4 days.  Apparently a week later the heart stopped…

Job Search Stress? Time for a Break!

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by Joy Rodriguez, former Head Editor, INALJ Delaware previously published 7/10/13 Job Search Stress? Time for a Break! Everyone agrees that the job search process can be an emotional roller coaster. We feel excited when we get the call for the interview and disappointed when we get no response. Or, we feel over the moon…

Using Social Media for Your Job Search

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by Alexandra Janvey, former Head Editor, INALJ Iowa previously published 6/24/13 Using Social Media for the Job Search Social media has become an increasingly popular pastime within the last few years. However, sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn can also be utilized professionally as an effective job search tool. Social media is just another…

For the Love of “Librarian”

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by Naomi House, MLIS For the Love of “Librarian” Anyone who has been following INALJ even for a short period of time will have come to know just how passionate I can be about outside-the-box and non-traditional jobs for librarians and library staff. I even have a list of mostly non-Librarian Keywords for Job Searching…

Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals

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by Cassidy Charles, Senior Assistant, INALJ NYC Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals : A Review I was attending a career panel hosted by the Reference Section of my state’s library association this past spring when a fellow early-career librarian mentioned a book that was helping them navigate job…

Interview Shopping for Every Budget

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by Amelia Zavala Vander Heide ,Senior Editor, INALJ Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virtual Work Interview Shopping for Every Budget Whether it is for the big interview or the first day of work, buying the right clothing can be difficult and hard on the budget. I believe that every interviewee should have a few essentials in their closet: a…

Happy 18th Birthday to INALJ’s Maria House!

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by Naomi House, MLIS Happy 18th Birthday to INALJ’s Maria House! Two years ago my sister, Maria, turned 16 and I asked her to join my volunteers with INALJ so she could learn more about WordPress, librarianship, metadata and more. Happy to report she loves the field and is interested now in pursuing museum librarianship.…

So you transferred to a new position…

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by Jennifer Quier So you transferred to a new position… First, go you! Finding your first library/museum/archives job was hard enough, but now you have a few years under your belt. You are (hopefully) pretty familiar with your institution, collections, and people, and you may be thinking “What next?” What follows is a tale of making a lateral move…

The Day I Was a Mover (not a Shaker)

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by Naomi House, MLIS The Day I Was a Mover (not a Shaker) I have done many odd and not-so-odd jobs over the years. I sold vacuum cleaners by phone and door to door for all of 3 days in the mid-1990s. I worked food service twice and have no stomach for the smell of…

Five Tips on Going on an Interview in a Wheelchair

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by Leigh Milligan, Senior Editor, INALJ Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee Five Tips on Going on an Interview in a Wheelchair I work in an accessible library in a rehabilitation hospital that caters specifically to patrons in wheelchairs. Most of these patients suffer from spinal cord injury, brain injury or amputation. Some…

The Real Netflix for Books

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by Angie Solis, Senior Assistant, INALJ Missouri  The Real Netflix for Books Modern libraries are beginning to have more and more competition in the world. One of which is Amazon’s new Unlimited Service. What I’ve noticed is that there has been a ton of backlash from the library community in an attempt to preserve the traditional library and…

Remembering a Legend, Charlene Davis

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_ _ _ by Katherine Kimball Adelberg, Senior Assistant, INALJ Michigan Remembering a Legend, Charlene Davis Earlier this month I attended a memorial service for my former director, a legend in Kentucky libraries. Over her 37-year career at the Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives (KDLA), the State Library of Kentucky, she had a lasting impact on the…

9 Tips for Getting Back to Work!

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by Valarie Swayze, Senior Editor, INALJ Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware 9 Tips for Getting Back to Work! This is a very exciting time for me as I plan my transition back to the field of librarianship. Leaving my dream job as an archivist in a museum library was a difficult decision for me:…

The Art of Making Mistakes

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by Claire Schmieder, Senior Editor, INALJ NYC, INALJ New York State, and INALJ Texas The Art of Making Mistakes Confession: I make mistakes all the time – at work, at home, with friends. Most of the time, these mistakes are minor with smaller, manageable consequences. Things like not giving myself quite enough time to meet a…

Good Questions to ask Interviewers

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by Lauren Bourdages, Senior Assistant, INALJ Ontario Good Questions to ask Interviewers Some of you probably already know that I recently ended my job search by getting hired. I’m now in my first full time position in the industry as a Reserves and User Services Associate at the library of one of my alma maters. I’m super…

No Ouija Board Required! The Librarian Civil Service Exam

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by Josh Rimmer, Senior Editor, INALJ Missouri, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana No Ouija Board Required! The Librarian Civil Service Exam While I have certainly tried it; however, I have yet to have my mechanical pencil hover over my ScanTron to deliver answers from another realm. Although maybe my lead breaking over the C bubble is…

How to Build a Fantastic Comic Book Collection

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by Fallon Bleich, Senior Assistant , INALJ Arkansas How to Build a Fantastic Comic Book Collection I’ve been reading a ton of comic books and graphic novels lately, the majority of which have come from my library. We’ve also recently done programming for Free Comic Book Day, as well as increased our comic collection quite a bit.…

Interviews

Nancy Kranich …Former ALA President

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by Claire Schmieder, Senior Editor previously published 5/6/13 This interview is from 2013 Nancy Kranich…Former ALA President and Rutgers University–Lecturer, School of Communication and Information and Special Projects Librarian Claire:  Your career path has been pretty amazing. What are a few of your favorite moments along that path? Nancy: Retrieving books for UW-Parkside by bike…

Sponsor or Donate to INALJ

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Sponsor or Donate to INALJ INALJ.com works hard to find you jobs and needs and appreciates your support! We have been very fortunate to have individual donors these past few years and we thank them for their generosity!  We have added corporate/ organization sponsors too!  Here is how you can donate at the individual level…

Cairie R…. Lambda Archives & INALJ Success Story

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by Mary-Michelle Moore, Head Editor, INALJ California Cairie R…. Lambda Archives & INALJ Success Story Mary-Michelle: How did you find your current job? Cairie: On the INALJ California page. My most current position at Lambda Archives was from looking at the INALJ page. Mary-Michelle: What is your favorite book? Cairie: Of all time?! That’s impossible. I can…

Mykola Krupko, Hospital Librarian

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By Elena Bubelich, Head Editor, INALJ Quebec  Mykola Krupko, Hospital Librarian In this blog post I would like to continue to share experience of job search of some graduates of MLIS programs in Quebec, Canada. In May 2014 I interviewed my assistant Josiane Doucet-Alarie and in this blog post I’m glad to present my former classmate…

Meet Megan Ashley, School Librarian

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by Rachael Altman, Head Editor, INALJ Illinois Meet Megan Ashley, School Librarian and INALJ Assistant Editor Favorite Library you have been to? I studied at Loyola University Chicago for my undergraduate degree, and spent a lot of my time studying at the Information Commons. It’s a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing space that was used constantly by students. Favorite book?…

Meet Paula Pergament, Former Nonprofit Development Professional & Current MLIS Student

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by Rachael Altman, Head Editor, INALJ Illinois Meet Paula Pergament, Former Nonprofit Development Professional, Current MLIS Student and INALJ Illinois Assistant Editor Favorite Library you have been to? The British Library in London. My family and I lived in London for a summer when I was 14. Seeing the pages of plays and books written by Shakespeare and Virginia…

Meet Josiane Doucet-Alarie

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By Elena Bubelich, Head Editor, INALJ Quebec  Meet Josiane Doucet-Alarie In this blog post I’d like to introduce my assistant who has helped me to find job offers since November 2013. That month the page of INALJ Quebec became second by popularity among Canadians pages (and it’s still second!). So I asked for help Josiane Doucet-Alarie,…

Why a High School Librarian is Still Excited to Return for Her 41st First Day of School

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By Ruth Lincoln, Head Editor, INALJ Washington, DC previously published 8/30/13 Why a High School Librarian is Still Excited to Return for Her 41st First Day of School It’s back-to-school time! As many of you head back to class, our school librarian friends, colleagues, and mentors are heading back, too. Margaret “Gigi” Lincoln has served…

John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary

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.Naomi House, MLIS’s interview with the founder of EveryLibrary, John Chrastka. EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. We will provide tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining…

Erica Findley of EveryLibrary

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Naomi House, MLIS’s interview with Every Library’s Erica. EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. We will provide tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining monies to local…

Patrick Sweeney of EveryLibrary

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Naomi House, MLIS’s interview with Patrick Sweeney of EveryLibrary. EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. We will provide tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining monies to…