Hannah Q. Parris …In Six

My interview with another success story, Hannah Q. Parris!

Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Hannah: My husband found a job right out of grad school that moved us to California. After I finished up my last semester of grad school online it became painfully apparent just how dire the library situation was in California. After a year of no prospects (despite daily searches on INALJ & multiple other job resources), we decided to relocate again. We moved to Colorado in August, and after interviewing for a few jobs, working as a substitute at a public library and working in retail, I found my new library job in December through libraryjobline.org (The Colorado State Library job hunting resource)!

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Hannah: The Newberry Library in Chicago. I actually worked in Special Collections there while in graduate school, and it’s one of my favorite places in the world. Anyone over 16 can register for a reader’s card and request to view materials, including rare books, manuscripts, maps, and jeweled bindings. Go visit!

Naomi: Favorite book(s)?
Hannah: It depends on the day! I do love author Ron Rash for his short story collections. They are stark, heart-breaking, and incredibly beautiful portrayals of life in the Appalachian Mountains. Start with Burning Bright or Chemistry.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Hannah: Access. I love that libraries can provide access to so many resources for pleasure, work, research, and daily life. Libraries, librarians, and the technologies they employ can make such a difference to their user communities. Now we just have to do a better job of letting library users know the extent of our services and how they can benefit from them.

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Hannah: I recommend following library/info types on Twitter. It helps me stay up-to-date & see what my peers are doing, reading, trying, and gives me new ideas. I also have to say check out John & Hank Green on www.youtube.com/vlogbrothers. (DFTBA) They are clever, thoughtful, advocates of libraries, and definitely not just for the YA crowd.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Hannah: Don’t give up! Going for a long time without a job in your field can become demoralizing, so try to celebrate each small success. It truly is an accomplishment if you get asked for an interview, and even if you don’t get that position, you’ve gotten valuable interview practice for the next time. Meanwhile, try to connect with other info professionals & stay current!

Hannah is the new Access Services Librarian at a small university in Colorado. When not at the library, you can often find her watching the BBC, baking from scratch, crocheting, hiking, photo-blogging, exploring her new state with her husband, or generally spoiling her geriatric long-haired dachshund, Mr. Wilson.

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.