Lauren Najdul …In Six

My interview with INALJ success story Lauren

Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Lauren: I found my current job listed on Naomi’s daily email as well as on the LLAGNY website.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Lauren: My favorite library is the Library of Congress.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Lauren: Favorite books are The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway and Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Lauren: My favorite thing about libraries is the policy of granting access to information to all.

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Lauren: Websites/blogs to follow are any that have to do with your location and the type of job you are seeking. For non-job related, I would recommend PLI’s Library Relations blog and the Tugboat! Music Blog.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Lauren: My best piece of job hunting advice is to be persistent. Have a list of places to check for job listings or even set up an RSS feed. Apply to at least one job every single day. Realize that you will not hear back from many, but do not let this discourage you. Keep trying; it only takes one!

I’m Lauren and I finally found a job as the Library Relations Manager at the Practising Law Institute, thanks to Naomi and INALJ. I grew up in Syracuse, NY and have a B.A. in English from George Mason University. I worked for two years as a law firm librarian in Alexandria, VA before going back to get my MLS at Syracuse University. I spent a semester abroad in Hamburg, Germany (as well as in Paris, when I was in undergrad). I moved to NYC last winter for internships at the Museum of Modern Art Library and the Guggenheim Museum Library. I worked part-time at the Guggenheim until I found my current job.

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 18.5 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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