Welcome to INALJ, Sana Khan

by Naomi House, MLIS

Welcome to INALJ, Sana Khan

For the past year my husband, Sana Khan, has been learning the day to day aspects of INALJ’s job ads and I am long overdue in adding him to the site and acknowledging his learning and labor. Many of you are already familiar with him from my articles and interviews with him but if not, I would like to share a little bit about him and why we have moved in this direction.

Sana was born in what is now the KPK province of Pakistan in a traditional, large family. It was a childhood spent playing cricket and hiding from the barber (his Dad thought his hair was too long). But it was also a childhood steeped in oral traditions. He attended school and earned his B.S.C. in Science, but dreamed of moving abroad and seeing the world. When he got the opportunity, which is rare these days and for which he is eternally grateful, he jumped on the chance. Since then he has built a small moving labor business and spent years renovating houses from Hyattsville, MD to New Orleans to Western New York state where we reside part of the year. We also live part time in Budapest, Hungary which has allowed us to travel cheaply to many countries and to be mid-way between his family in Pakistan and mine in America.

We are transitioning him to take over the daily duties of INALJ over the next year so that I can seek employment and we can be a two income family once again. He loves hearing all the success stories of LIS / library workers finding jobs and hopes to continue this great work. While I am seeking out opportunities (I am looking for remote work or international work) he will continue learning the ropes and will eventually take over. I will stay involved with INALJ even if hired elsewhere, but the day to day labor with be Sana. Please belatedly welcome him aboard and we look forward to making our partnership help job seekers.

 

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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