Kelli Bragg …In Six

Naomi:What is your dream job and why?
Kelli: My dream job would be working as a metadata/cataloging librarian – my passion is accessibility, and I think metadata and cataloging go a long way in making electronic information accessible. (However, describing information so that it’s accessible means nothing if the website can’t be read by screen readers, so if I could throw web design into the mix, then that would be my dream job.) A portion of my dream job would need to include providing Outreach services, so that I can see firsthand what my customers need/like.

Naomi:If you could take any of your hobbies and create a job out of them or integrate it into your job what would it be? And how?
Kelli: My favorite hobby is cooking – I love trying recipes from around the world: learning about new spices, flavors, & foods, learning the cooking methods of other cultures, and sitting down to read cookbooks, like others do novels, is how I spend free time. A library café (where I would make some of the food) or perhaps hosting a Talk Time after hours at the library (Talk Time = session where you have ESL practicing English with native speakers) – and having everyone bring a favorite dish from their childhood – that would be a very cool hobby-job integration.

Naomi:Favorite library you have been to?
Kelli: My all-time favorite library was the Lititz Public Library when I was little – I was maybe 5 years old? It was a beautiful old house converted into a library, with lots of windows, gorgeous wooden floors, and each room could be closed off with glass doors (those wooden doors with lots of little panes in them). But the best thing about the library was that I could go to the children’s section and pick out as many books as I wanted…and those books were mine for a whole week! My favorite library did not have my favorite librarian. That honor would go to my elementary school librarian, Mrs. Sensenig: not only did she care enough about us kids to suggest books she thought we might like (Reader’s Advisory for a 3rd grader… how neat is that!), but she was an amazing storyteller. She always left us hanging, stopping at a cliffhanger, and you had to wait until the following week to find out what happened – what wonderful agony!

Naomi:Favorite book?
Kelli: Tie between Tolkien’s The Hobbit & Dickens’ David Copperfield.

Naomi:Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Kelli:My favorite thing about libraries is that any information out there can be made available to anyone. While some people seem to think you need a big, elaborate treatise to properly explain what Intellectual Freedom “is”, I think I.F. can be summed up in that single sentence. My favorite thing about library technology is that (1) digitization can make formerly inaccessible and/or rare items available to everyone; (2) accessibility for people with print and other disabilities will only increase from here on out.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Kelli: Believe in yourself, and use all your history – school, work, volunteer, and personal experiences – to create narratives that reflect the skills and values that the employer is seeking. And practice, practice, practice telling those narratives!


Bio: I will be earning my MLIS degree this December, and although I enjoy everything about librarianship, the aspects that interest me most are: metadata & cataloging, outreach, increasing accessibility for people with print disabilities, and emerging technology. I’m currently interning with Sno-Isle Libraries as a Metadata & Cataloging librarian; I also work at Sno-Isle as a front-line staff member.

I originally started out as an Accounting major and then, after relocating to WA, switched paths and earned a B.S. degree from the UW School of Forestry. I eventually ended up working as a PSA at a public library and realized that librarianship was my true calling. After having [almost] completed my MLIS program, I can’t imagine doing anything else. My dream job would be working as a Metadata-Cataloging librarian combined with the opportunity to perform Outreach services. Since I want to be well-rounded, I’m also currently seeking out neighborhood daycare centers so that I can practice my storytelling and children’s programming skills. (PS: Kelli’s work on INALJ is invaluable- naomi

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, Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ.com. In just over a year and a half she’s had over 8.5 Million page hits and helped over 1,500 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 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. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has relocated to New Orleans, LA. 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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