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). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s 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.com. INALJ has had over 18.5 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk 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 a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro. She presents whenever she can, most recently thrice at the American Library Association's Annual Conference as well as breakout talk presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa and as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting, at the National Press Club, McGill University, the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has relocated to being nomadic. She runs her husband’s moving labor website, KhanMoving.com, fixes and sells old houses and assists her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food as well. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.

Life After Quitting My Library Job

by Naomi House, MLIS updated to include details about my housing situation Life After Quitting My Library Job One year ago yesterday, on November 20th, 2013 I came into work at the federal library I was working at for one last half-day to train my awesome new replacement. It had been a roller-coaster 2 months…

Sana Khan …Success Story

My non-librarian husband on his birthday! There is a famous quote that, to paraphrase, says that one should never date anyone who doesn’t own books or read a lot.  I find it to be a foolish quote.  Think of all that you can learn from someone raised in an oral tradition, or someone who simply…

October 2014 Roundup (INALJ Stats)

Another fantastic month! 8.5 million page views in total! What a great month!  Another fantastic October! Our busiest day in October was 20,482 views on 10/14, and our busiest week had 111,599 views, and our month was 486,486 views! We also hit 8.5 million page views in total. Fantastic!  Also some big news, I was appointed to a…

5 Right Questions for an Informational Interview

by Diana La Femina, Senior Editor, INALJ Canada previously published 5/16/13 5 Right Questions for an Informational Interview I can’t remember how I first heard about informational interviews, but I now believe them to be one of the most powerful and underutilized tools in any professional’s repertoire. (And by “professional” I mean anyone who’s serious…

What Do You Support Beyond Libraries?

by Naomi House, MLIS What Do You Support Beyond Libraries? Librarians are often passionate advocates in the LIS world, for their patrons, for their jobs, for the field as a whole. The advocacy I have seen in person and in social media has been impressive. But we are passionate about more than just the work…

INALJ Turns 4 Today!

by Naomi House, MLIS INALJ Turns 4 Today! This year I just want to say Thanks! We have no way of accurately knowing exactly how many people we have helped find jobs. We know it is significantly more than the 1500 we count but the job hunting process is stressful and often times job hunters…

The Very 1st INALJ Jobs List

by Naomi House, MLIS The Very 1st INALJ Jobs List On October 16th, 2010 I emailed a bunch of my Rutgers classmates about sharing jobs with each other. I decided on a listserv format and wanted to share with you the very first email I ever sent of jobs, sent October 18, 2010 at 10:14am…

Making an Impression: what to read this weekend

Making an Impression: what to read this weekendby Naomi House, MLIS previously published 6/15/13 – I added 2 more on 10/3/14 Making an Impression: what to read this weekend Too often in the job hunt we reach a point where we are frustrated with the process and start becoming demanding and uncooperative.  We forget to…

10 Great Art Apps

by Alexandra Janvey, former Head Editor, INALJ Iowa previously published 12/10/13 10 Great Art Apps Art Swipe by Jody Zellen Price: Free An app developed by artist Jody Zellen and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to coincide with the exhibition “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the…

September 2014 Roundup (INALJ Stats)

Another fantastic month! 8 million page views in total! What a great month!  Another fantastic September! Our busiest day in September was 21,344 views on 9/8, and the busiest week with 116,451 views, and our 5th busiest month EVER at INALJ.com with 488,856 views! We also hit 8 million page views in total. Fantastic!  Also some big news,…

Happy Wedding Day Jonathan & Jinger!

Wishing you a wonderful autumn wedding day and a lifetime of happiness! Happy wedding day to my brother Jonathan, and my new sister-in-law, Jinger! Adding a nephew too!  Preston we are happy to have you as our newest nephew!    

3 Ways to Get Library Experience without a Library Job

by Courtney Baron, former Head Editor, INALJ Georgia previously published 5/22/13 3 Ways to Get Library Experience without a Library Job I just finished my first semester of library school and I don’t have a library job. By the time I realized I wanted to be a librarian and decided to apply to my MLIS…

Fines and Forgiveness

by Kristen Jaques, former Head Editor, INALJ Maine previously published 5/8/13 Fines and Forgiveness The handling of overdue charges is a point of contention among many libraries and librarians. Because of our profession’s lack of consensus on this issue, and because different libraries have different needs and serve different populations, I have experienced a wide range…

So I had another miscarriage

by Naomi House, MLIS updated 9/22/14 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…

For the Love of “Librarian”

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…

Happy 18th Birthday to INALJ’s Maria House!

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.…

The Day I Was a Mover (not a Shaker)

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…

Sponsored Job Ads now on INALJ

Sponsored Job Ads now on INALJ INALJ will always offer free job ads to anyone wishing to share an LIS related job, but now we will offer Sponsored ads as well!  Why? demand for quick turnaround time from HR professionals who want to advertise with us but don’t want to wait 4 business days for…

Health and the Job Hunt: On Blood Sugar & Carbs & Me

by Naomi House, MLIS Health and the Job Hunt: On Blood Sugar & Carbs & Me One of the things I admire about many LIS professionals and librarians on social media is that they often discuss their own physical and mental health challenges. Their candor helps others. I have learned more from their stories and…

August 2014 Roundup (INALJ Stats)

Another fantastic 500,000+ page view month! 7.5 million page views total! What a great month!  Another fantastic August! Our busiest day in August was 22,768 views on 8/5, and our busiest week Ever with 133,894 views, and our 2nd busiest month EVER at  INALJ.com with 505,807 views!  We also hit 7.5 million page views in total. In the…

Know the Difference: Identifying Obstacles to Employment

by Ellen Mehling previously published 10/14/13 “Know the Difference: Identifying Obstacles to Employment” There is a curious thing I see frequently among those I advise: job hunters focusing on a smaller, though possible, less likely obstacle to employment and ignoring a much larger, definite difficulty – some have an almost superstitious fixation on a certain…

But I Can’t Move For A Job!

by Elinor Crosby, former Head Editor, INALJ Nova Scotia and PEI previously published 12/9/13 But I Can’t Move For A Job! What happens if you graduate from your Masters or Technician program and intend to stay in the city or town you went to school in? For some of us that is the only financially…

The Doctor Is In….the Library!

by Kate Kosturski, Senior Editor previously published 12/27/13 The Doctor Is In….the Library! For the last INALJ blog post of 2013, I decided to embrace the merry of the season (though not that Elf on the Shelf thing), and switch to something lighthearted about libraries…. 23 November 1963 was a momentous date for Britons, and…

Wardrobe Preparation: the interview

by Dan Trout, medical librarian at Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center. Wardrobe Preparation: the interview Dress for the position that you want, not for the position that you have. I’ve worn a suit and tie to every interview that I’ve attended. You can always gauge the atmosphere and culture of an…

Nancy Kranich …Former ALA President

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…

My House in New Orleans

by Naomi House, MLIS updated 10/28/14 – SOLD! My House in New Orleans My house is for sale! In my article, Why I Quit My Library Job and Why I No Longer Want One, I mentioned that currently my main income comes from renovating old houses and selling them. I have been flipping houses since…

Working Abroad As a Librarian: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

by Raymond Pun, reference and research services librarian in New York University Shanghai Working Abroad As a Librarian: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead Thinking about working abroad? There are growing opportunities to work abroad as a librarian or information specialist these days. However, when you consider working abroad as an adventure, there will be tons of unexpected challenges…

Plan Your Mission & Conquer Your Goals

by Valarie Swayze, Senior Editor, INALJ Plan Your Mission & Conquer Your Goals Setting goals and accomplishing them is a powerful experience, and one that can motivate you to being better every day. The first step to purposeful goal-setting is writing a personal mission statement. If life is a journey, a mission statement would be…

3 Off-the-Beaten-Paths to Librarianship

by Claire Schmieder, Senior Editor previously published 5/23/13 3 Off-the-Beaten-Paths to Librarianship Librarians have so many amazing skills, all of which are transferrable into any number of careers. If you’re having trouble finding a traditional library job, maybe it’s time to start searching for less conventional, but equally as rewarding, positions. Here is a tree-tops…

July 2014 Roundup (INALJ Stats)

July was our best month ever! 7 million page views total! What a great month!  The big news is July was our busiest month ever, by a lot! In addition our busiest day EVER was 29,449 views on 7/29, and our busiest week Ever had 126,580 views, and our busiest month EVER at  INALJ.com with 544,821 views!  We also hit…

Cold Feet About Cold Calling

by Veda Darby Soberman, former Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii previously published 12/16/13 Cold Feet About Cold Calling Cold calls have long been used by businesses to sell their services or products.  We all dread those telemarketing calls, and junk emails, and we easily hang up or press delete to avoid the sales pitches, but cold…

Why I Quit My Library Job and Why I No Longer Want One

by Naomi House, MLIS Why I Quit My Library Job and Why I No Longer Want One I have worked in libraries for the last ten years but as of December 2013 I have been working only outside of libraries doing my other job, renovating and selling old houses, and forming a new partnership.  I have…

Parting Words from a Parting Editor

aimee graham

by Aimee Graham, former Head Editor, INALJ Georgia Parting Words from a Parting Editor My journey began with INALJ in the summer of 2012.  I was in a whirlwind, trying to complete my Masters of Science in Information Science from the University at Albany, SUNY within one year, and juggling work, family, four summer classes…

4 Reference tools that save my life (on a daily basis)

by Amanda Viana, Head Editor, INALJ Massachusetts previously published 5/13/13 4 Reference tools that save my life (on a daily basis) (editor’s note: Astrid is no longer available- add in the comments your nominees for #4) Diigo: There are quite a few social bookmarking sites out there, but Diigo has been my professional go-to site…

Step-up your job hunt with more steps

by Ruth Lincoln, Senior Assistant, INALJ DC Step-up your job hunt with more steps “Job hunting” bears little resemblance to the “hunting” of our primal ancestors. We both may forage for the biggest prize (cavemen: meat and fish; recent library grad: a tenure-track position with benefits), but the librarian’s hunt burns fewer calories. All that…

Be Proactive About Pest Prevention

by Lisa Iannucci, Senior Assistant, INALJ New Jersey Be Proactive About Pest Prevention It’s no secret that pests of all types are an issue in libraries, archives and cultural institutions; cockroaches, ants, termites, bedbugs and assorted rodents can take up residence in the unlikeliest locations. Even the cleanest, most organized establishment can have issues with…

So You Want to Be a Law Librarian?

by Billy Hinshaw, former Assistant, INALJ Minnesota previously published 12/18/13 So You Want to Be a Law Librarian? Law librarianship is a great career avenue for those who either a) are library professionals interested in legal work, or b) are former attorneys or legal professionals seeking an alternate career.  Regardless of background, law librarians use…

Connect with the Library World When You Don’t Work in a Library

by Ruth Lincoln, former Head Editor, INALJ Washington, DC previously published 12/17/13 Connect with the Library World When You Don’t Work in a Library Look inside any organization, university, or business, and you’ll probably find a few people with an MLS. They might be called “Knowledge Manager”, “Information Architect”, or any number of titles (see…

What I’ve gained from working as a temp librarian

By Harold Rougeux, INALJ Alaska Assistant What I’ve gained from working as a temp librarian After what seemed like an endless string of applications and interviews, I finally had a solid job offer on the table. It had come kind of unexpectedly. I had just finished doing a short online presentation as part of the…

Strategizing for the Job Hunt

by Naomi House, MLIS, INALJ Founder and Editor Strategizing for the Job Hunt In October 2013 I was not only furloughed but also lost my job in the great and tremendously stupid federal government shutdown.  I wrote an article Furloughed & Job Hunting: why strategizing 1st is the key to success, with advice about what…