Meghan Duffy …In Six

My interview with INALJ success story Meghan!

Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Meghan: INALJ.com! Thanks to my friend, Kristen, for telling me about the listserv. I joined in early December, found the posting in mid-December, received an invitation to interview at the end of December, and received an offer by mid-January. Truly the fastest job search I’ve ever experienced!

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Meghan: I have a special place in my heart for the National Library of Ireland. I could spend hours sitting in the reading room just staring at the ceiling, nevermind perusing their materials.

Naomi: Favorite book(s)?
Meghan: Hands down: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It was my uncle’s favorite book and I got my own copy when I was 14. If I sold all my other books, I would keep that one for myself.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Meghan: I love how we’re in charge of puzzling out the answers, particularly when it comes to library technology. From e-books and the deep web to building digital libraries and providing virtual reference, there are so many unanswered questions in the field of librarianship. It’s our job to ask, “What’s the best way to approach this challenge?” We get to shape the future of the field.

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Naomi: In my Google Reader, I keep tabs on The Unquiet Librarian, ArchivesNext, and IREX Global Libraries. I’m always looking for more reading material, though!

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Meghan: Start early! The process takes longer than you’d expect. I began applying for jobs in September and I’m shocked that my search was this short. If a position seems slightly out of your reach, apply anyway. Don’t put yourself out of the running before they have a chance to screen you. Good luck!

Meg Duffy is a freshly-minted librarian (she graduated in December 2011). During her time at Queens College, she interned at MTV and the San Francisco Media Archive. Most recently, she landed a job as a consultant with the NYC firm AV Preservation Solutions. When she’s not assessing collections, she can be found running with North Brooklyn Runners, sewing dresses, and photographing street art.

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 18 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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