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September 2015 Roundup (INALJ Stats)

13.9 million page views! What a great month!  And incredibly busy as I went back to my roots re-taking over much of the daily grind! Our busiest day in September had 23,017 views on 9/1, and our busiest week had 119,822 views, and our month had 511,791 views! We also hit 13.9 million page views in total!  Also hoping…

Reference isn’t dead, just different

by Andy Woodworth I recently read Brian Kenny’s latest column piece for Publisher’s Weekly “Where Reference Fits in the Modern Library” which talks about the state of reference in public libraries. It’s worth a read and I’d suggest taking it in before continuing here. Don’t worry, I can wait. … First off, Brian nails some…

The Power of Introversion

by Diana La Femina previously published 9/8/14 The Power of Introversion I’ve been reading Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler. It’s an interesting, short book explaining how introverts can make the most of their innate strengths and translate these strengths into their careers. Kahnweiler discusses six main strengths: taking quiet time,…

Khan, Kahn, Caan, Khaaaaaaaan!!! A Homophone Trick for Email

by Naomi House, MLIS previously published 5/23/14 Khan, Kahn, Caan, Khaaaaaaaan!!! A Homophone Trick for Email Back in 2007 when I was helping my husband set up his moving labor business Khan Moving, LLC, we realized early on that approximately half of his customers misspelled his name; his name is Sana Khan but they spelled…

8 Reasons Informational Interviews are Useful

by Rebecca Ciota 8 Reasons Informational Interviews are Useful I have always been a thinker and a planner.  My mother recounts several times when, as a child, in a toy store, I would consider which toy would be the best purchase.  If I was like that before I can even remember, it is no wonder…

One Library’s Quest to Start a Board Game Group

by Fallon Bleich previously published 11/13/14 One Library’s Quest to Start a Board Game Group Earlier this year, the reference department of the Bentonville Public Library, where I work, decided to put together some new adult programming. One of the programs that came out of their brainstorm was the TableToppers group, named for the Wil Wheaton YouTube…

40 Resume Tweaks to Get You an Interview

by Margot Note, Director of Archives and Information Management for the World Monuments Fund previously published 12/17/14 Forty Resume Tweaks to Get You an Interview During your job search, a well-crafted resume is vital. As a representation of yourself, it is the first impression you make on potential employers. Like any piece of writing that has…

I am not a librarian (and neither are you)

by Naomi House, MLIS previously published 11/26/14 I am not a librarian (and neither are you) What do you do?  I’m a librarian!  Right?  This is how we often answer because the jobs we hold are truly what we do for much of every day. Sometimes we are lucky and hold a job we are…

Sponsor or Donate to INALJ

Sponsor or Donate to INALJ INALJ.com works hard to find you jobs and needs and appreciates your support! We have been very fortunate to have individual donors these past few years and we thank them for their generosity!  We have added corporate/ organization / individual sponsors too!  Libraries, orgs, and individuals can sponsor a page! Here…

The (Pregnant) Elephant in the Room

The (Pregnant) Elephant in the Room by Jen Park My husband and I had tried for a long time to have a baby. When I finally became pregnant I was in my last term of library school. I was thrilled and very, very nervous about applying for positions. Although I was working part-time in a…

Green Spaces: 6 Structures Repurposed as Libraries

by Ashley Mancill previously published 10/25/13 & 10/30/14 Green Spaces: 6 Structures Repurposed as Libraries I have a thing for repurposed buildings. One of my favorites is a pizza place in Pensacola that is located in the basement of an old hospital, supposedly where the morgue used to be. Eeriness aside, it actually has a…

Amber Clement: My Superior Librarian

Amber Clement: My Superior Librarian by Kevin Alexander I am very proud of my fiancée, Amber Clement.  She grew up in the Upper Peninsula on the shores of Lake Superior near a small city which boasts the Soo Locks, with accessibility to Soo, Canada, the Mackinac Bridge and other amenities of wildlife and nature.  She grew…

You Worry About You (Taking Charge of My Narrative)

by Claire Schmieder, Volunteer Manager previously published 8/5/14 You Worry About You (Taking Charge of My Narrative) Both of my boys had the same wonderful Kindergarten teacher. Like most educators, she has tons of bite-sized bits of knowledge for her students. Occassionally, I would end up applying those bits to my own life and one in particular…

A Few Tips for Transitioning into the Private Sector

by Sarah Roark Schott, former Head Editor, INALJ Arizona previously published 2/26/14 A Few Tips for Transitioning into the Private Sector In October I accepted a position as an Aircraft Records Analyst with a company based in Oregon. I applied for the job on a whim because it looked interesting, it was in the town I wanted to…

The Linebacker Librarian

My Husband: The Linebacker Librarian by Jaclyn Butz Jesse Butz is 6’2, 365 pounds and looks like a football linebacker. Once, forever ago, he DID play football, but that was many years and a broken back ago…now he’s a librarian. When people walk up to the reference desk at the public library where he works,…

Appreciating Your Staff: It’s Not All Fun, Games and Parties

Appreciating Your Staff: It’s Not All Fun, Games and Parties by Laura Birkenhauer This month, I was thrilled to be appointed head of the Staff Appreciation Committee at my library. Planning parties? Thanking awesome staff? Totally up my alley. My first thought after the initial excitement? “Wait… I’m the head of the Party Planning Committee.…

July 2015 Roundup (INALJ Stats)

12.5 million page views! What a great month!  July was such an amazing month at INALJ!  It was the one year anniversary of my most popular personal blog post ever, Why I Quit My Library Job and Why I No Longer Want One.  My how time flies.  It was also the end of an INALJ era…

Tips for Post-Conference Networking: Ask a Special Librarian

Ask a Special Librarian – July Edition What to Do With That Stack of Business Cards: Tips for Post-Conference Networking Tracy Z. Maleeff Library Resources Manager at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia @LibrarySherpa & LibrarySherpa.com Joshua LaPorte Law Library Assistant – University of Connecticut @joshualaporte & https://www.youtube.com/user/JoshuaLaPorte In this installment of “Ask a Special Librarian,”…

Why We Should Banish Business Suits for Interviews

by Naomi House, MLIS Why We Should Banish Business Suits for Interviews When I graduated from high school back in 1995 I had no idea just how different college was going to be, especially the costs.  We were rural and poor to lower middle class growing up, though lower middle class might be a stretch. …

Four Things I Wish I Had Done in Library School

Heidi Taylor-Caudill, former Head Editor, INALJ Kentucky previously published 5/13/14 Four Things I Wish I Had Done in Library School Next week, I’m graduating with an MSLS from the University of Kentucky’s School of Library and Information Science. As with any milestone, one has a chance to reflect on successes and failures, things done right, and things that…

The Job Hunter’s Guide to Positivity

by Claire Schmieder, Volunteer Manager Previously published 11/11/14 The Job Hunter’s Guide to Positivity Just about one year ago, I started working at my current job. Hooray! This upcoming anniversary has gotten me reflecting on the time BEFORE I started working, when I was a verging-on-desperate job hunter. After I earned my MLIS, I spent nearly…

Wanted: The Next Librarian of Congress

Wanted: The Next Librarian of Congress by Andy Woodworth The next Librarian of Congress will be the most important job placement in our career lifetimes. Originally, I had written “may be” instead of “will be” because I thought the latter would be a bit hyperbolic. Upon further reflection, I made the decision to remove any…

Over Prepare Then Go with the Flow

by Sarah Porter, former Head Editor, INALJ California previously published 12/17/13 Over Prepare Then Go with the Flow Yesterday I opened a fortune cookie with ideal advice for someone prepping for a job interview. It read: “over prepare then go with the flow”. I am actively seeking jobs and interviewing, as I am relocating to…

Happy Eid to All the Librarians Celebrating!

by Naomi House, MLIS So grateful for another peaceful, uneventful Ramadan for my husband, Sana!  It was hot here in New Orleans but we are lucky this year to be in a finished home, with AC and fans. May everyone’s Eid be blessed and here is to another year!

Bloggers Desired

by Naomi House, MLIS Bloggers Desired INALJ.com is a platform for anyone in the LIS spheres, whether they are students, patrons, staff, or in tangential fields. Our main goal and focus is finding and sharing jobs on the Jobs pages, however the blog posts have been nearly as popular over the past few years. Until…

Library Bucket List: On loving all libraries

Library Bucket List: On loving all libraries by Jen Li, INALJ Contributor I have a ‘library bucket list’. Although my PhD research focuses on three case study libraries in Sydney, my reading and travels have taken me beyond Sydney and those three libraries. I have a mental list of libraries that I would like to…

You & Me & Library Makes Three: Negotiating Dual-Career Households

by Alphild Dick, former Head Editor, INALJ Washington previously published 6/9/14 You and Me and Library Makes Three: Negotiating Dual-Career Households When I started library school, I was under few illusions that finding the traditional librarian position that I wanted would be easy. And time consuming. And frustrating. It was the reality of pursuing work that I was…

Secrets of a Tech Therapist

by Rebekah Kati, former Head Editor, INALJ North Carolina previously published 6/5/14 Secrets of a Tech Therapist My previous job was the Information Technology Librarian for an online university. One of the most difficult aspects of this job was helping patrons troubleshoot technical problems with the online databases. At times, I felt like a therapist as I listened…

How INALJ Can Help You Get a Job

by Naomi House, MLIS How INALJ Can Help You Get a Job Our extensive jobs lists for the US, Canada and a few virtual & international jobs (6000-9000+ jobs a month) Our advice in articles & blog posts Sponsored jobs Tweets & Facebook posts Private LinkedIn group advice Yup, that about covers it!  INALJ, one…

Making the Case to Attend ALA Annual Conference…to Yourself

by Sara Dixon, former Head Editor, INALJ Kansas previously published 5/21/13 & 6/16/14 Making the Case to Attend ALA Annual Conference…to Yourself If you are like me, you have been weighing the pros and cons of attending the ALA Annual Conference.  ALA says, “Expand your network. Build your knowledge. Improve your profession.”  Why, yes, ALA, I would…

Avoiding the Resume Black Hole

by Rebecca Kluberdanz, former Senior Editor previously published 11/11/14 Avoiding the Resume Black Hole As job seekers in an increasing technological world we are all familiar with the dreaded online job application. You’re asked to fill about everything you could ever know about yourself, insert your resume in five different places, take a questionnaire that lasts 24…

Happy Ramadan Librarians!

by Naomi House, MLIS Happy Ramadan Librarians! Happy Ramadan! Many of you know my husband, Sana, is Muslim and from Pakistan. Usually Pakistan is a day behind the US for starting Ramadan, but only the moon shall tell. :)  I have observed Ramadan 3 times, only once successfully, and certainly not in the heat of…

Library Maker Fest! #librarymakerfest

Library Maker Fest!  June 18, 2015 by Michele LeSure Hey, guess what?  I’m going to go to the Library Maker Fest this Thursday, June 18th, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Plant City Strawberry Festival Arthur Boring Civic Center.  And, if you were going to tell me that Plant City has a drive-in restaurant, I…

Resilience During (and Beyond) the Job Hunt

Resilience During (and Beyond) the Job Hunt by Julia Feerrar I once applied for a job that, in many ways, felt like it had been made just for me. I progressed through a phone interview and then an on-campus interview, feeling confident and excited. While of course I knew that there must be quite a…

#SLALeftBehind for #SLA2015

by Naomi House, MLIS #SLALeftBehind for #SLA2015 I was supposed to present at SLA in Boston on Sunday, June 14th, but on May 29th changed any chance I had of attending.  I had my 4th miscarriage and with the blood clotting disorder I have my Doctor recommended I not fly.  We didn’t announce this miscarriage…

Managing Student Employees in your 20s

Managing Student Employees in your 20s by Laura Birkenhauer Going from a being a student to managing students can be tough, especially when you still have the baby face and unbounded enthusiasm of a newbie 20-something. So, here are some of the upsides (and cons to steer clear of!) of managing student employees in your…

Libraries, hey? That could be a dissertation topic

Libraries, hey? That could be a dissertation topic by Jen Li, INALJ Contributor I begin with a confession. I claim to be a lover of books, reading, and libraries, and indeed during the course of my PhD research, I have visited over seventy libraries in several countries, amassed a number of library cards, and borrowed…