Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource 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 20 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 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 now lives part time in Western NY and Budapest, Hungary. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.

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

Naomi House standing in front of a mural

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

This interview is over 1 year old and may no longer be up to date or reflect the interviewee/interviewees’ positions 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…

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…