Anna Jones …In Six

My interview with success story, Anna


Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Anna: My new job is with an organization that has interested me for some time – I checked their official website for the posting.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Anna: The Columbus Metropolitan Library is pretty great.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Anna: It depends what I’m in the mood for – I love the Brontes, but I also love David Sedaris.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Anna: The focus on both community and global sharing. Libraries bring people together.

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Anna: I can’t think of anything in particular – there are the big blogs out there that I’m sure folks are already reading. Aside from that, I can’t think of anything small or new.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Anna: The best advice that I have is to apply for a certain number of jobs each week – make a schedule and stick with it. Also, be sure to keep copies of all of the postings that you respond to, so that you can refer back to them later.

Anna received her Bachelor’s degree in English from The Ohio State University in 2004 and her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University in 2008. Anna’s practicum was completed at the Columbus Metropolitan Library under the supervision of the Technical Services Director. After graduation Anna as a Librarian for Lincoln College of Technology. She currently works for OCLC in Dublin, Ohio.

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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