Laurie Zark-Seigel …In Six

My interview with success story, Laurie


Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Laurie: I had feeds coming to my gmail reader account everyday. Every morning and evening I would check for jobs and apply immediately.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Laurie: The one in Montpelier, VT. It has the old charm of how libraries were.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Laurie: Lad, a dog by Albert P. Terhune.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Laurie: The technology brings the patron closer to the information and the librarian more efficient which to me is amazing and wonderful.

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Laurie: I don’t have time to follow any.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Laurie: Apply to everything you can as quickly as you can and belong to a networking group or listserv so you can hear about jobs before they hit the papers.

In 1977 I graduated Pratt Institute Grad. School of Library Science and began my career in the Jersey City Public Library in the children’s department as a reference librarian. I rose through the ranks to become the Branch Head of one of their large libraries. I retired from there in 1990 for family reasons.

I returned to work as a librarian in the Union Township School System in a pre-k through 4th grade elementary school. It was a tight schedule during which I taught library and study skills. Budget cuts ended that position and in 1997 I worked at Oratory Prep in summit, nj creating a new library with automation and computers.

Since that position was eliminated I have worked at Highland Park Middle School and Carteret Middle School. Presently I am the media specialist at Abraham Clark High School, in Roselle, NJ. The goal is to make the library/media center the hub of the school.

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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