Matt Shangler …In Six

My interview with success story Matt Shangler

Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Matt: I was previously employed as a Library Assistant at the Duke Medical Library and learned of the Archivist vacancy through an internal announcement.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Matt: It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the Tombstone City Library in Arizona is certainly high on my list. When I visited this past December, I was not expecting to see a library in this historic, Western town.

Naomi: Favorite book(s)?
Matt: For pleasure reading, the Chet and Bernie mystery series by Spencer Quinn. The main characters are a washed-up detective (Bernie) and his dog, Chet. I love a good mystery and a series narrated by a dog is just icing on the cake!

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Matt: I am most fascinated by the application of social media to archival outreach and marketing. Social media has expanded access and visibility of collections and is a positive force for emphasizing the importance of the user in processing.

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Matt: Kate Theimer’s site, www.archivesnext.com, deals specifically with “Archives 2.0” – Web 2.0 technology applied to archival work, outreach and vision. And, since I love puns and geeky humor, George Takei’s facebook page for a daily laugh :)

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Matt: Networking through internships and volunteering. Everybody knows somebody so don’t let these connections go to waste! If you seek out opportunities and work hard at them, you will always be rewarded with more opportunities. Also, be persistent and don’t get discouraged. I was out of grad school almost two years before I got a job in my field. It may seem like an eternity before you finally land something, but persistence pays off in the end!


I just started as Assistant Archivist at the Duke University Medical Archives. I graduated in May 2010 from North Carolina State University with a Masters in Public History. When not at the archives, I love staying active and being outdoors. My favorite pass-times are photographing motorsports events, trail riding, and spending time with my girlfriend, Jami, and our two dogs, Roscoe and Sadie.

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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