What the heck happened to INALJ?

by Naomi House, MLIS

It was a nice day, January 31st of this year.  I was sitting at McDonalds as I do, getting all set to update the daily INALJ jobs page, but I kept getting an error message. I decided the best bet would be just to get the jobs up somewhere else (my husband’s site which I use a backup the once or twice a year something happens) and try and figure out if the issue was with a WordPress plugin. The next day I got an email from my Hosting provider, seems I was massively over the space allotted in my plan.  It took a few days of back and forth but I finally decided to have the site migrated and upgrade on February 6th.  I was told the following:

  • I would have a mirror site left up (the site was still up as of Feb 6th)
  • I would be able to edit the jobs page to link to the temp site on my husband’s page
  • It would take 3 days to a week max

It turns out the overage of space being used meant the mirror site was never an option (I should have been told), and by the time they started the migration I could not edit anything.  At least they got the site back up, but not until February 15th.  So that is what happened.  I pinned a tweet to my personal twitter @inaljnaomi.  Several folks posted on ALA Think Tank and INALJ LinkedIn so I was able to share what was going on.  But though this was annoying, frustrating and a bit of a pain it is resolved.  The jobs are back where they belong and I will get more up tonight!

And INALJ is ALWAYS harvested on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine several times a month at the very least so check there for email contacts and policies, even old articles and old jobs lists.

Here is hoping the jobs found by myself and the volunteers help you find a great opportunity you might not have found otherwise!  And here is hoping this was a once-in-a-site-lifetime thing!



Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource 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 20 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 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 now lives part time in Western NY and Budapest, Hungary. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 


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