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Welcome to INALJ, Sana Khan

by Naomi House, MLIS Welcome to INALJ, Sana Khan For the past year my husband, Sana Khan, has been learning the day to day aspects of INALJ’s job ads and I am long overdue in adding him to the site and acknowledging his learning and labor. Many of you are already familiar with him from…

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…

“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…

3 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back

Veda smiling with a white stone background. She is looking back slightly.

by Veda Darby Soberman, former Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii 3 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back Perhaps you joined the fray of job seekers full of hope and confidence, but searching for a library job can be a difficult road.  You could grow quite disheartened as time passes with little or no job prospects, as…

7 Tips for Leading a Lively Book Discussion Group

Kristin Jaques smiling in front of a library bookshelf.

by Kristen Lauderdale, former Head Editor, INALJ Maine 7 Tips for Leading a Lively Book Discussion Group Fall is an exciting season at my library! Adult programs will be starting up again soon, and this year will be my third year leading our small but dedicated book discussion group. Here are some tips and insights…

Baby Face in the Workplace

Baby Face in the Workplace by Veronica Leigh Milliner, Senior Editor “Oh, I thought you would be older! But you have work experience, right?” This is a greeting from a coworker I was once met with on the first day of a job. As abrupt as it sounds, I would have been more taken aback…

Professional Development: Doing it on your own

by Erica Calvert Professional Development: Doing it on your own Whether you are a novice into a degreed-field job hunt or are a veteran of the discipline, securing a job can be a daunting feat. Luckily there is a plethora of resources, organizations and websites that are dedicated to helping jobseekers. With this support system…

Tips for Getting Unstuck

by Margot Note Tips for Getting Unstuck If you’re looking for a new job or happily employed, there are moments in your professional life when you feel immobile, despite your best efforts. Here are a few pointers for getting unstuck. MariKondo Your Life In the bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese…