On Keyword Searching in Your Job Hunt

naomihouseI spoke a little while back at an SLA MD Job Searching event and one of the questions I received inspired me to make a list of Keywords For Job Hunting which can be found on every single page of INALJ.com in the right sidebar. I have included the most recent list below. As library budgets shrink and traditional library positions get slashed I am hopeful that these terms will help librarians, library staff and other information professionals find non-“L” jobs that they might have otherwise missed.


This is a list of terms we use and suggest for searching for jobs in and related to library work.

  • Librarian
  • Library
  • Information Professional
  • Taxonomist
  • Taxonomy
  • Database
  • Database Designer
  • KM
  • Knowledge Management
  • User Interface Designer
  • Community Manager
  • Knowledge Architect
  • Data Management Analyst
  • Information Architect
  • Social Media
  • Social Marketer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Open Source
  • Trainer
  • Teacher
  • Technology Trainer
  • Technology Futurist
  • Database Designer
  • Metadata
  • Knowledge Coordinator
  • Indexing
  • Indexer
  • Digital Content Curator
  • Transactional Law Researcher
  • Content Strategy
  • User Experience Design (UXD)
  • Project Analyst
  • Information Resource Officer
  • Certified Records Manager
  • MARC
  • the name of your ILS
  • Informationist
  • Informatician
  • Data Scientist
  • Big Data
  • Information Policy
  • Information Privacy
  • Information Recovery
  • Data Curator
  • DBA (Database Administration/ Administrator)
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Archivist
  • Archives
  • Program Analyst
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Data Visualization
  • Market Analyst

updated 6/20/13


updated from 2/11/12

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) and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of T160K.org, a crowdfunding platform focused on African patrimony, heritage and cultural projects. INALJ was founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard. Its 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. INALJ has had over 21 Million page hits and helped many, many thousands of librarians 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 one month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this with many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro and many other publications in the past decade. She presents whenever she can, including serving on three panels at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Las Vegas; as breakout presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa; as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting; at the National Press Club in Washington DC; McGill University in Montreal, Canada; the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has been living and working in Budapest, Hungary and Western New York State. She spent years running her husband’s moving labor website, fixed and sold old houses and assisted her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food. She is preparing to re-enter the workforce and is job hunting. Her husband is now the co-editor of INALJ, a true support!  She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.