Dana Tunick …In Six

My interview with success story Dana

Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Dana: I found my current job first on the INALJ website, then I had heard that the position hadn’t been filled by a relative who saw the posting in a local newspaper.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Dana: I think my favorite library is currently the one I work in. When I went for my initial interview, my mouth dropped open at the size and layout. It is very child-friendly and almost every children’s book that has been published in the last 20 years appear on the shelves.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Dana: I have more than one favorite book. They include To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harry Potter series, and anything by Kathy Reichs.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/library technology?
Dana: I think my favorite thing about libraries are the possibilities that I have. I can read a mystery, romance, children’s book, historical fiction, fantasy. The list is endless and I love that I can sit and browse for hours without arousing a raised eyebrow from anyone.

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Dana: One website that I follow is Free Technology 4 Teachers. It is a great website that gives school librarians fantastic insight into what to teach next, or what to share with their co-teachers for classroom use.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Dana: My advice to job seekers is to just keep pursuing your dream. It took me two years to find this job, but I never gave up hope that I would be doing what I love for a living.

My name is Dana Tunick. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Humanities-Literature and Creative Writing at Lesley University. I received my Masters of Arts in Education at Saint Peter’s College in elementary education and I received my Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi honor society for teachers and the American Library Association and the American Association of School Librarians. I am an avid reader, mostly Young Adult novels and psychological mysteries. I love doing crossword puzzles and baking, mainly to satisfy my sweet tooth!

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.