Brian Huffman …In Six

Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Brian: Being a librarian on a ship community like Freedom Ship. I would enjoy the travel and service to members of a ship community.

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?
Brian: I would become the bike-riding circuit law librarian to a community that had branch law libraries I could bike to and from.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Brian: New York Public Library.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Brian: Far too many to list – I know it’s cliché, but it’s true. I love the prose of Oscar Wilde though – few modern authors write that way anymore.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Brian: I find helping people learn and discover the most compelling part of libraries. Libraries and information is the key that can set people in motion of new horizons and journeys that will last a lifetime.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Brian: Find creative ways to make connections and make it fun. At parties, educational events, conferences, church, or the local public library. Be genuinely interested in the other person and think of ways to help them before you ask for help.


Brian Huffman is a lawyer turned law librarian. After over a decade of private practice, Brian became Washington County’s law librarian in 2008. Brian feels a primary goal of county law libraries is to develop programs that provide access to legal resources and assistance for pro se litigants. He serves on executive and special interest section committees for the American Association of Law Libraries, Minnesota Association of Law Libraries and is presently the Chair of the Minnesota Coalition of County Law Libraries. Brian has presented at national and local conferences. He received his JD from Drake University and his MLIS degree from St. Catherine University. Through Brian’s assistance, Washington County received a LSTA grant that develops training and legal assistance for the public and public librarians. Brian’s most enjoyable aspect of his career is utilizing his skills and experience to assist the community at large.

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 18 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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