9 To Follow: Sharing and Expanding Knowledge with Learnist

by Kiersten Bryant, Head Editor, INALJ California

9 To Follow: Sharing and Expanding Knowledge with Learnist

kiersten_bryantI recently discovered the website Learnist. It is a relatively new website that launched in May 2012. It is similar to Pinterest in that it provides a place to collect content from the World Wide Web and organize it into categorized “Boards,” but unlike Pinterest, Learnist is dedicated to learning. The purpose of Learnist, as stated on one of their own Learn Boards is for users to “share what you know and learn new things.” In addition to learning about various topics from Learnist, it is also a useful tool for collecting and organizing information from across the web about a particular subject that you are researching, writing about, or teaching a class on. It provides a place to share your knowledge with others about a topic that you are passionate about. The knowledge that is shared on Learnist is only limited by users’ imaginations, making for a varied and divers range of topics. You can find boards about drinking whisky, cell mitosis and meiosis, Gandhi, the SAT and ACT, and so much more! Most importantly you can find boards about the library and information profession, and topics that are relevant to the field.

I haven’t had a chance to dig deeply into Learnist but I have found some interesting library and career-related Learn Boards:

  • Library Workers and Libraries have content that covers many areas of librarianship and libraries; Libraries has a stronger academic focus. @your library is just one of many boards that provide content related to school libraries.
  • Libraries Inside America’s Prisons contains videos and stories about library services for correctional facilities. I found this board to be very educational as I have little knowledge of what it’s like to work in a prison library.

I have found several Learn Boards that are full of tips and advice for job seekers:

  • Career Advice has articles about job hunting and career advice.

These are just a few examples of what can be found on Learnist. I plan to explore it further, and in the spirit of life-long learning I invite you to do the same!


Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource 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 20 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 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 now lives part time in Western NY and Budapest, Hungary. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.