Crystal King …In Six

Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Crystal: I would love to work in a healthcare or medical library. I should have been a medical professional and I love to help people. I’d also love to be a genealogist. I’m fascinated with social history and old documents and I love doing research. I just read ” Looking for Anne of Green Gables” which traces the evolution of Anne through literature, culture, art, and personal events from the author’s life. Really enjoyable!

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?
Crystal: My hobby is finding UK jobs for Naomi. I would be her UK Bureau Chief for INALJ and live in the UK. Ah, I can dream…

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Crystal: Everett Public Library has a terrific History Archive and it’s a Carnegie Library so the architecture is beautiful. I did a paper on their library as a case history in preservation. Everett doesn’t have a museum so the library fills the role with artifacts and archives. Visited a library in Bath, England, but it was very 70’s and thus very disappointing. Bath is beautiful!

Naomi: Favorite book?
Crystal: Who can limit it to just one? Favorite authors: Dickens, Austen, LM Montgomery, and Francine Rivers.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Crystal: Education is still the great equalizer and it’s available to anyone!

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Crystal: NEVER EVER GIVE UP! I have to remind myself every day that some will stop looking, but if I don’t then eventually I will find my niche.

I am proud to be the first college graduate in my family. I tested out of 19 classes to complete my undergraduate degree in 2007 majoring in Liberal Studies: History and Social Sciences. I completed my MLIS, with a Public Libraries Focus, in 2010 at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee entirely by distance. Currently, I am working as a Substitute Librarian at Burlington Public Library, completing an internship in digital libraries, compiling research for an alternative careers paper for MLIS graduates, and providing UK jobs for INALJ. My husband is the creator of the Nancy Pearl library action figure. We have three great kids and a precocious miniature Beagle named Zucchini. I love to travel, especially in Canada and the UK, read history and nonfiction, and bake new recipes. I adore period movies, antique jewelry and Almond Joys. We reside in Arlington, WA.

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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