Inflexible

by Naomi House, MLIS

DSCN2338I’m really happy overall since the new year! 

By making significant changes to INALJ’s site I am saving myself an incredible amount of time.  Me: this year is unapologetically the year of ME giving priority to me, and not just INALJ.  It is the year of insisting that my boundaries are respected.  I am inflexible about the changes while running INALJ (for now), and I have set boundaries that clearly state, do not contact me about the changes.

Around October of last year I talked to my husband about the effort and time I was putting into INALJ and we both acknowledged without some income coming in from INALJ, it really wasn’t going to be worth the time put in.  I put out a call on PayPal & GoFundMe and INALJ’s fans came through!  So I decided to continue, but with a major change.  I was going back to the pdf version.  I dislike the pdf as much as many others do, sometimes my browser is slow loading it, it is clunky and not as useful as the pages were, but the time savings is significant for me and that was what Sana, my husband, and I decided was important.

That is right, WE are what matters in our lives.  Our struggles with fertility matter.  My health matters.  My happiness matters.  Sure, INALJ has helped a ton of LIS professionals and it will continue to, but now the time required is reasonable.

No-one is owed INALJ. 

For some reason I have been running this site for 5+ years and yet our LIS associations, schools etc have done nothing about making something similar prioritizing wide-net job harvesting and sharing.  While I owe you nothing, your associations do.  Reach out to them.  I hope to make a fantastic connection with some organization this year and go back to the old way, or even better a new and better way of sharing the jobs.  But if not, this is so much better a resource than I ever had and I am finally happy with my life and workflow and will continue as is in 2016 or at least, for now.

See those smiles on our faces?  THAT is MY 2016 and it is well earned.

 

PS: Should have also acknowledged that there is much gendered and sexist criticism about me specifically as I refuse to be “nice” and am “inflexible,” but I don’t owe anyone who sends unsolicited or harassing emails etc ‘nice.’  Heck, I just don’t owe anyone nice period.

 

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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  8 comments for “Inflexible

  1. Von Yeager
    January 20, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks for all you do!

  2. Molly M.
    January 15, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Naomi and I’m happy to hear that prioritizing yourself is making you happy! That’s what is important and you have a network of supporters in that!

    I agree that the pdfs are more convenient for searching jobs in every state, etc. at once. I never would have considered my current job if I were only looking at the states that seemed appealing to live in, rather than looking broadly and considering which jobs and institutions actually sounded right for me. While the library and archives community is not owed this service by you, I wanted to express my thanks for providing it. This site really revolutionized my job search and made at least one part of the whole process less stressful. INALJ was the only place that I ever saw a posting for my current job; my ischool and other networks didn’t feel the need the advertise it. I love where I’m at and what I do and likely none of it would have happened without INALJ. So thank you, thank you, thank you!

  3. Phyllis
    January 15, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Good luck to you dear! You are 100% right. We have been extremely lucky to have you running this. It is certainly something that a library school could easily take over and maintain with graduate students. You have been selfless, and it is time for you to concentrate on you. Don’t let trolls get you down.

  4. Denise A
    January 14, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    You go girl !

  5. Karen
    January 14, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for all the work you do and for making the right choices regarding self-care! That is awesome. :)

    I actually love the PDF format, since it’s all searchable in one go. But regardless, it’s such a great service and a gift, and you indeed don’t owe anyone anything.

    Here’s to a great 2016!

  6. Felicia
    January 13, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for all you do, and kudos for putting yourself and your family first. It’s something women should do more, imho! I think I will try it. Happy 2016!

  7. Ellen Mehling
    January 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Naomi, Good for you! I have made some similar changes for myself (I started a couple of months before the new year) and it is has been great. A big relief and more control over how I spend my time. Boundaries are so important! I hope the rest of the year goes well for you and your husband, and INALJ!

    P.S. I sent an article to you the other day, for your consideration.

    • January 13, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Awesome!!! I will look it over this weekend – so glad to hear :) N

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