Traveling While Broke: Library Conferences and Scholarships

Mindfulness Tips

INALJ turns 7! What it is and what it isn't

Chappell was born! Early, but healthy :)

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Traveling While Broke: Library Conferences and Scholarships

Aisha Conner-Gaten is standing wearing a blue shirt and against a white background. She is holding a round red sign that says the words Ask a Librarian, the text is white.

by Aisha Conner-Gaten Traveling While Broke: Library Conferences and Scholarships For librarians and information folks, conference attendance can provide essential opportunities for networking, professional development, and, of course, gainful employment. Unfortunately, those seeking new jobs or just better pay cannot often afford conference housing and air travel that accompany exorbitant registration fees. Some conferences totals…

Mindfulness Tips

Amanda M. Leftwich is standing between two rows of bookshelves in a library. She is doing a yoga pose that inspires mindfulness.

by Amanda M. Leftwich Mindfulness Tips Mindfulness has been a hot topic over the course of several years, but what does it mean and how can it fit into your work life? Mindfulness simply means awareness of self and everything around you. Still confused? Ponder this, mindfulness is non-judgmental awareness of self and your place…

INALJ turns 7! What it is and what it isn’t

Naomi, Sana and their baby standing in front of a building in the sun in Budapest, the baby is crying and we are smiling.

by Naomi House, MLIS INALJ turns 7! What it is and what it isn’t Job hunting sucks. Not a little bit, but a lot. It can be stressful at best, soul crushing at worst. You can ask yourself and others WHY aren’t you being hired, and honestly the way hiring is done there could be…

Chappell was born! Early, but healthy :)

Our baby sleeping in the NICU, a few days old and hooked to an I V.

by Naomi House Chappell was born! Early, but healthy :) What a few weeks it has been!  Only 13 days after announcing that INALJ / I was expecting a baby, my water broke.  At 34 weeks!  I was rushed to the hospital and transferred to a bigger hospital nearby.  I was told the Doctors wanted…

INALJ is expecting a baby! Well, I am!

Two images made into one with Microsoft Paint, most likely. On the left is an ultrasound photo of our baby at around 30 weeks and on the right are Sana and Naomi smiling.

by Naomi House INALJ is expecting a baby!!!  Well, my husband, Sana, and I are!  As many of you know from my Tweeting and blogging about it, I have had 5 unexplained miscarriages in the past 4 years, so we are delighted to be over 33 weeks pregnant and expecting a wee baby boy* at…

“Why do you need a master’s degree to be a librarian?”

by Alexis Waide, former Head Editor, INALJ Minnesota “Why do you need a master’s degree to be a librarian?” Crowdsourcing an answer for an irritating question Recently, I went to a party attended largely by librarians and/or friends from library school.  Several of us were discussing the minor annoyances of our respective jobs and one…

My Best (Worst) Interview

Naomi House standing in front of a mural

by Naomi House, MLIS My Best (Worst) Interview Five years ago I had an interview for a dream job at one of the most prestigious libraries in the country.  I did not get the job and they made the right choice.  I had a great interview despite a wardrobe malfunction and major issues with my online application.  In…

Networking Tips for the Reluctant Networker

by Ellen Mehling Networking Tips for the Reluctant Networker Networking is, as almost anyone can tell you, the best way to get a job and have a thriving career. Some people though, especially some job hunters, see networking as deceptive or distasteful or unpleasant, and avoid it. Some are so spooked by the negative view…

The Importance of Saying “No”

Naomi Gonzales smiling.

by Naomi Gonzales The Importance of Saying “No” I want to preface this piece by saying this is not an article on negativity, but taking care of yourself. We live in a very “yes”-oriented culture. A professional world where “sure I can do that”, and “I’ll take care of it” are phrases that abound because somehow,…

Add 220 Librarians to Your Bookshelves Today!

A version of the cover of Kyle Cassidy's book, This Is What A Librarian Looks Like . Over 20 photos of librarians photographed against a grey background.

by Naomi House, MLIS Yesterday is a day I have long waited for, publication day of Kyle Cassidy‘s,This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information!  How excited was I for a May 17th release?  I pre-ordered on January 3rd.  So, that excited.  :)  You can order it…