Francesca Francis …In Six

Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Francesca: My dream job would be something that utilizes all librarian type skills — cataloging, reference, collection development, etc. — like a solo librarian (but perhaps with another person or two, since I have had the good fortune to have great coworkers). I’ve enjoyed cataloging and now I like doing reference…but I still miss cataloging. So far during my career I’ve been lucky to be able to try my hand at a variety of things. I feel more “professionally complete” for having done so and it seems to make the day go by faster. Now if I can only land a librarian job like that, I’ll be able to build up and keep up these important skill sets…

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?
Francesca:
I enjoy cooking, but probably couldn’t keep up with the demand of cooking for the public. In the midst of all this home improvement stuff, I’ve been thinking that maybe I should be a builder/crafts(wo)man/decorator, or something that uses my hands, purchasing smarts, and attention to detail. I would probably put myself out there (WOM, crafty marketing) as an independent and inexpensive hobbyist for hire. Suppose a library would hire me to assemble and furnish their space? :)

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Francesca: National Library of Ireland — so official, so historical, so quiet.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Francesca: Princess Gorilla and a New Kind of Water (I’m having a hard time thinking of an adult favorite, but this is a childhood favorite)

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Francesca: Information is all around you!

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Francesca: Build up an endurance. The job market is not so fantastic nowadays. You have to apply to every potential job with internal enthusiasm (which should translate to a little external enthusiasm if you’re selected for an interview!) and make sure you really present yourself as a competent and skilled person each and every time. Keep your eyes peeled, use your resources, and don’t give up!

Francesca Francis (CUA SLIS 2010) is a library associate at the information services desk in the Cumberland County Public Library network in North Carolina. When she’s not helping people with computer troubleshooting, she’s showing them the awesome tools and resources available through the library system. Originally trained and having worked as an enthusiastic cataloger, she is enjoying the flip side of library services. She lives in the middle of the state with her husband, where they’re both very busy fixing up their new house.

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. 

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