Leanna Simon …In Six

Success Story Leanna!

Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Leanna: I found my job on a whim when I Googled “Law Librarian Detroit”. It’s always been something I have wanted to do but gained experience when other opportunities came up. I applied just for kicks (I thought I didn’t have a chance) and they called me the next day for an interview. I received the offer and start on Monday. It is really a dream come true with a lot of hard work ahead of me.

Naomi: What is your favorite library?
Leanna: My favorite library that I have been to is the British Library. It just had the best collection of maps, archived books, and transcripts from the worlds most famous authors and poets. I loved that it was available to browse for free. The library seemed to be the perfect combination of traditional and modern.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Leanna: My favorite book is Native Son written by Richard Wright.

Naomi: Favorite things about libraries/library technology?
Leanna: My favorite things about libraries/library technology is that new things are being developed all the time. Libraries are really evolving into this wonderful hybrid of books and technology. Librarians never know what new system or application will be most helpful until we put them to use in our own libraries. It is an exciting challenge!

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Leanna: You should definitely be following the Green Garage Library. Green Garage Detroit and its library are paving the way to bring access to the masses on the subjects of sustainability, urban farming, and organics. I also belong the the ALA Think Tank group on Facebook. It is a place where librarians from all realms come to talk about new technologies, issues, and news. Go ahead and find us- ask to be let in and I’ll see you there!

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advise?
Leanna: The best piece of job hunting advice I have received was from library school orientation. One of the speakers said to apply for anything you think you’d love doing, even if you have no experience doing it because you never know- you might be the person they are searching for!!

I’m Leanna and I have finally found a job in Law Librarianship- something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. I grew up right outside of Detroit, MI and am currently looking to move into the city. I have my B.A. from the University of Michigan in Anthropology and my M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University. I worked as an IB, independent school librarian for the past year and a half in both Michigan and Louisiana. I am newly married to a SLIS student with three tanks of fish. I am currently on a mission to travel around the world with my husband- gaining valuable life experience along the way!

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.