#SaveINALJ : INALJ is 5 years old & we need funding to continue!

by Naomi House, MLIS

Naomi House at NPRSo we made it to 5 years old!  Woot!  And I am completely exhausted.

*GoFundMe option now added! – 12/27/15

Back on October 16, 2010 I thought to myself that I and my fellow Rutgers MLIS students were duplicating efforts in the job hunt and what if we made a daily email list and shared everything we found in one space. So I reached out to see if anyone else wanted to help and only one classmate did, Elizabeth Leondard, who helped set up the Facebook and Twitter accounts I still use today.  Um, yep, this 14 million page views and HUGE source for THOUSANDS of jobs happened through an accident of will (if that can happen, feels like it did).

But in order to continue and improve the site and resources I need funding.

Why should you give?

Because YOU use the site

Because it helped YOU or someone you know find their job

Because what WE do has extreme value and is not being done elsewhere

Because INALJ will go away without it

GoFundMe option

or

PayPalPayPal any donations to jobs@inalj.com

or mail checks, cash, gift cards, money, money, checks (you get it) to:

Naomi House

PO Box 15906

New Orleans, LA 70175

It would be lovely to write a long retrospective but I spend hours each day from dawn until very late in the evening managing volunteers, pages and adding jobs so you don’t have to hunt around for them. This is all I have time to write. I want to continue but whether I do or not depends on YOU, the community of LIS professionals, students and fans.

SAVE INALJ! 

DONATE/ SPONSOR / GIVE Today!

EMPLOYERS can Sponsor a job ad OR a page!

ORGANIZATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS can Sponsor a page!

INDIVIDUALS can Sponsor a page!

And ANYONE can give using PayPal any amount at all one time or recurring to Jobs@inalj.com

THANKS and I hope to stay doing this but I need the community’s financial support NOW!  I know the work we do matters and has value and so does our time.

I don’t have a number – if I raise a little I’ll stay a little longer, if I raise a lot, I will be able to keep going much longer.

(published originally 10/16/2015)

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 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.

 

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  6 comments for “#SaveINALJ : INALJ is 5 years old & we need funding to continue!

  1. December 27, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    GoFundMe option now available! https://www.gofundme.com/inalj

  2. October 28, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I have Twitted this to CILIP in the UK, I do not have the funding right now to help but I really do enjoy you site! Best of luck!

  3. Marcus
    October 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Naomi,

    Have you considered creating a campaign on GoFundMe? If not, I would highly recommend you do so. Unlike other crowdfunding websites, you don’t have to set a particular goal so you can use every dollar you’re given on keeping INALJ going. I know it’s helped other causes I’ve supported, hope it can do the same for you.

  4. Jenny
    October 16, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Did you share on ALA Think Thank? I found my current position through INALJ. It’s a great resource. Thanks for all you do!

    • October 16, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks! Feel free to- I am no longer a member :)

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