Anujaa Navaratnaa …In Six

Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Anujaa: My dream job is when I can get to travel as a part of my job since I love to travel and I can be ready with my suitcase at a real short notice!

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?
Anujaa: I have many hobbies and can think of many that can be integrated into my job. Shall give one example. I am a Graphologist, hence if I were in a school or college library, I can guide the students and offer career counseling based on their handwriting. In my current job, I can help the HR team in recruitment, especially if more than one are shortlisted and all are equally good, handwriting analysis can help in identifying certain traits in them that the company may be looking for.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Anujaa: Though it is yet to happen, would love to visit the Library of International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, though have visited the Indian counterpart – Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai. They have a huge library with lot of greenery around and feels like one could spend hours together even just watching the view outside.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Anujaa: I have many favorite books, however, one book that has really made a difference in my life is ‘Strength Finder’. It has helped me to recognize my strengths and how to go from good to better & better to best! Among fiction it’s difficult to name any one – Gone with Wind and Atlas Shrugged have made a deep impression on my mind, though I love to read Science fiction as well.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Anujaa: Of course, being able to connect with various librarians across the globe! However, if I have to think from my current job perspective, being in a global company my all time favorite would be to be able to build a global repository of documents (of course, non-classified documents) that can be easily accessed by my colleagues across the globe. Also, a library software that would give a catalogue of all collections available across all our offices globally.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Anujaa: I think it is very important to be clear about your ambitions & goals. And, also know & understand your own interests as to what stream you would love to work in – say medical library, law library, financial services library, archival collection library, etc. One should do what they love and love what they do!


I live in Mumbai (Capital City of Maharashtra State) in India. I have a Bachelors degree in Science as well as a Bachelors degree in Library Science from University of Mumbai.I started my career working for a social science institute which provided me access to books on psychology & sociology, the topics that are always close to my heart. Hence, decided to go for a Masters degree in Sociology. Currently, am pursuing an MBA degree in Human Resources.I also worked for a Medical College & Hospital Library for close to three years and another library for a very short stint, before landing this job in CRISIL, A Standard & Poor’s company. I recently completed 18 years of my career in this company. From social science, to medical to finance, it has been a long learning journey! My hobby & a part-time profession, I am a Tarot Card Reader, Tea Leaf Reader, Crystal Ball Reader and a Graphologist among many to list down here.

Anujaa is our India jobs volunteer contributor – Naomi

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 19.5 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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