Callie Perry …In Six

A Success Story!

Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Callie: I found a posting through the Pacific Northwest Library Association (which is now covered by INALJ!).

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Callie: Vancouver Public Library’s Carnegie Branch, where I spent many hours reading paperbacks and people watching, and where I first seriously entertained the thought of becoming a librarian.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Callie: Right now it would have to be Evgeny Morozov’s “The Net Delusion”. I am really interested in how the Internet shapes and informs our day to day lives as individuals, and I think Morozov’s arguments open up some new ways to think about our personal digital footprints as well as the larger impacts of the Internet in society. I’m not always in agreement, but I like the way it is making me think.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Callie: I love that libraries are shaped by their users and by the librarians and other professionals who work in them. These places, which should be essentially the same, actually develop their own character through the interactions that take place in them. I think that’s such an exciting process and I am lucky to be a part of it!

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Callie: Henry Jenkins’ blog, “Confessions of an Aca-Fan”. Brian Herzog’s “Swiss Army Librarian”.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Callie: My first piece of advice is a no-brainer: Keep at it! I applied to almost 100 positions before finally landing a permanent, full-time library job, which just happens to be almost my exact dream job! Secondly, write a cover letter tailored to the job posting. It’s boring, it’s hard, but it gets you interviews!

Callie is about to start her first job as a librarian at Wetaskiwin Public Library in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. She graduated with an MLIS from the University of Alberta in 2011. She has worked as a library clerk, a practical nurse, a special needs assistant, a store clerk, and a garbagewoman, among other things. She speaks English and French, enjoys knitting, video games, Oxford commas, and epic romances, and hates bananas.

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 19.5 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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