Benji Martin …In Six

My interview with success story Benji


Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Benji: I am happy to say that I saw a listing on the INALJ daily digest, the very day I renewed my job search, and applied for it. Two weeks later, I was hired! I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Benji: I think Hogwarts has a really nice library. However, the librarian Madam Pince is a bit of a grump and I think everyone should be allowed to use the restricted section.

Naomi: Favorite book(s)?
Benji: Oh, man….I’ll say. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis and a newer one, Icefall by Mathew Kirby.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Benji: I am a big fan of programs for children, and most public and school libraries do a great job of offering these.

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Benji: Children’s/school librarians should follow Mel’s Desk. I can’t tell you how many flannel patterns I’ve stolen from her.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Benji: Don’t get discouraged, and if you have to work a paraprofessional job for a while, do it, but don’t quit looking!

Hi! My name is Benji Martin and I received my MLIS from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) in 2010. I am a soon to be elementary school librarian in Montgomery, Alabama and currently a Children’s Specialist in Charlottesville, VA. I didn’t realize that I wanted to work with Children until my very last class of library school (Storytelling),but I’ve been doing it ever since!

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. 

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