We are Librarians …In Six

We are Librarians was founded by Jessica Lyn Young, Lilli Schestag and Jessica Haas


Naomi: What made you start your blog?
We are Librarians: We Are Librarians formed as a reaction to two realities, which became more and more evident after library school. Number one: no one knows what it means to be a librarian in 2012. Number two: new librarians cannot find jobs. We started the blog to be proactive and create a platform to share our thoughts with the public.

Naomi: Are there other blogs or resources you can recommend?
We are Librarians: One word — Twitter. It is an up to the moment news feed where you can read, learn, and find additional content that you would never find searching the Internet, watching TV, listening to the radio, or reading a newspaper or blog. Many companies and organizations announce job openings on Twitter and it is a great place to create a presence while connecting informally.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
We are Librarians: The Internet.

Naomi: Favorite book?
We are Librarians: The Internet.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
We are Librarians: The best part of the library community is our ability to accept and embrace change. We are on the brink of new technology everyday in the field of librarianship. It is exciting to witness the innovation that is possible combined with the passion of the people who design and implement it. It’s amazing to be be in a field where people are proactive and socially and politically conscience.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
We are Librarians:The Internet might be a good option! But the most important part of job hunting is socializing and interacting with like-minded people in person. We recommend exploring all the exciting events that happen in NYC like Librarian Libations. networking events, happy hours, lectures, and gallery openings. Meet-up groups are also a really amazing way to use social media and technology to meet and form relationships with others. It provides safe and consistent events where people feel comfortable meeting each other. Learn how to promote yourself and when you are at networking events put yourself in the best light by acting and dressing professionally. The person you are talking to may be in the position to hire you.

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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