INALJ Volunteers for 2016: Seeking Canada & non-US volunteers

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS for INALJ

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Round 1: Canada Content Editors + Submissions and Formatting Editors (non-Canada)

Seeking volunteers for the following positions in February:

  1. Canada Content Editors– unpaid volunteers to format jobs for assigned Canadian provinces – 3 days a week, 1 hr each day.  1 calendar year commitment.
  2. Submissions Content Editors– unpaid volunteers to format 30-60 jobs – 2 days a week, 1-1.5 hr each day.  1 calendar year commitment.
  3. Formatting Content Editors– unpaid volunteers to format jobs from 8 assigned websites – 3 days a week, 1 hr each day.  1 calendar year commitment.

EMAIL Volunteer@inalj.com for further information

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Hopefully we will have good turnout.  In 2016 we are focusing on our time as the priority in our lives and so many volunteers did not return.  They are off to invest their time and labor (what we do is labor) in other projects and I wish them all the best.  Last year I had a leadership team whose goal was 100% volunteer staffing and retention.  They did a phenomenal job but as in any volunteer organization the turnover was too high and our time was spent more on that then growing the pages.  So in 2016 I wanted to build the team again slowly.

January was returning volunteers only and thus lower jobs numbers.  This February I am starting by filling all the positions for the Canadian pages first.  Also we have positions that are not based in one US state that format jobs sent to us so those positions will be filled in February as well.

This year the team will be built slowly so attention can be given to each volunteer and retention rates stabilized.  INALJ became an expectation over the past few years, an expectation our field has not demanded of their associations but of me.  If you’d like to see a database or larger scale return to jobs pages please do not hesitate to make your interest and demands known to your national associations. They owe you.  I am a private individual.  I am happy to continue sharing jobs but insist on my boundaries being respected.  I plan on continuing through 2016 at this time.

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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