Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list INALJ.com (formerly I Need a Library Job) and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of T160K.org, a crowdfunding platform focused on African patrimony, heritage and cultural projects. INALJ was founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard. Its social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ. INALJ has had over 21 Million page hits and helped many, many thousands of librarians find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in one month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this with many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro and many other publications in the past decade. She presents whenever she can, including serving on three panels at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Las Vegas; as breakout presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa; as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting; at the National Press Club in Washington DC; McGill University in Montreal, Canada; the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has been living and working in Budapest, Hungary and Western New York State. She spent years running her husband’s moving labor website, fixed and sold old houses and assisted her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food. She is preparing to re-enter the workforce and is job hunting. Her husband is now the co-editor of INALJ, a true support!  She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.

On GIS (Geographic Information System) Work : an Interview with Fallon Zschiegner-Bleich

Photo of Fallon Zschiegner-Bleich for INALJ interview wearing a blue patterned shirt

This is an interview with Fallon Zschiegner-Bleich, GIS Analyst II with the Benton County Assessor’s Office, done by Naomi House of INALJ. This is part of INALJ’s 2020 series on non-library jobs for library workers.  On GIS (Geographic Information System) Work : an Interview with Fallon Zschiegner-Bleich Q1: Thanks so much for taking the time…

On Research Analyst, Data Analyst & Client Analyst, Data Work : an Interview with Karly Szczepkowski

Headshot photo of Karly Szczepkowski for INALJ interview, she is wearing a black shirt. The background is cream.

This is an interview with Karly Szczepkowski, Research Analyst at an information technology and services company, done by Naomi House of INALJ. This is part of INALJ’s 2020 series on non-library jobs for library workers.  On Research Analyst, Data Analyst & Client Analyst, Data Work : an Interview with Karly Szczepkowski Q1: Thanks so much…

Welcome to the world, Johannes!!! Early, but healthy

by Naomi House Welcome to the world, Johannes!!! Early, but healthy 🙂 Phew! Only 1 day after announcing that INALJ / I was expecting a baby, I was sent by the ultrasound doctor to the big city hospital and, in just under 24 more hours, I had delivered baby #2.  At just shy of 37 weeks! …

INALJ is expecting another baby! Well, I am!

Multiple photos of Naomi House of INALJ

by Naomi House INALJ is expecting baby #2!!! Well, my husband, Sana (who turns 50 today,) and I are!  As many of you know from my Tweeting and blogging about it, I have had 5 unexplained miscarriages in the past 6 years, and we have had one child, back in July of 2017, so we are…

INALJ.com turned 9 (way back on October 16th)

by Naomi House, MLIS Whew, I am currently 35+ weeks pregnant with my 7th pregnancy (5 miscarriages and 1 wee one) and allowing myself much more down time, so this is late.  But INALJ is now 9 years old and has had 19.9 million page views and helped THOUSANDS of librarians and LIS folk find jobs.…

INALJ Interviews Are Going Away

by Naomi House, MLIS INALJ Interviews Are Going Away I will be archiving all INALJ interviews to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine in the coming weeks.  The link to the interview will still work, however it will no longer include the interview or image, just a link to the Internet Archive archived version and the…

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…