I’m back from Istanbul!

I am definitely healthier and more rested than when I left and so thankful for the short break. For my birthday and our anniversary my husband Sana and I went to the beautiful and historic city of Istanbul, Turkey.

Unfortunately (for him) I brought my cold with me and now he has it but we took every opportunity to hike the seven hills that Istanbul sits on, travel by tram and by ferry out to the islands and over to the Asia side of the city.

I never made it to any of the libraries but we did get to Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Underground Cistern, the Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Princes Islands and a supermarket (one of my favorite souvenirs in any of my travels is a local ad from a supermarket). We ate plenty of doner kabobs, wished we had brought Sriracha hot sauce with us, really wished we’d brought our Delsom and enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of our hotel, the Hotel Hippodrome . We are sure to return some day.

PS: we found the deal through TravelZoo.com’s alert system -the cheap tickets were booked through CheapoAir :)

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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