Sana Khan …Success Story

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My non-librarian husband on his birthday!

There is a famous quote that, to paraphrase, says that one should never date anyone who doesn’t own books or read a lot.  I find it to be a foolish quote. 

Think of all that you can learn from someone raised in an oral tradition, or someone who simply wasn’t raised in a reading culture.  My husband never went to a library until he met me.  He was raised in rural Pakistan, taught and read in school but mostly religious texts.  He speaks multiple languages fluently; adapts much faster than I do and has more compassion and curiosity than most people I meet.  Reading is a skill and a tool, not something he lacked, but he learned so much from traveling and meeting real people.  A comparable and yet wholly different education than my own.  I love libraries as a physical space but highly recommend against judging the value of those who do not or were not raised in a similar culture.  I had to go to the library to travel far and wide but my husband, Sana, didn’t just read about it, he did it.

Happy birthday to an incredible, conscientious and caring person, Sana!


Sana Khan was born in the former NWFP province of Pakistan. He is one of eight children and we have over 25 nieces and nephews. He owns a small moving labor company, Khan Moving, and in his spare time renovates homes to sell. Although he likes reading in his native Pashto and Urdu languages he prefers US films with one exception. His favorite actor is Amitabh Bachchan and if you can get him an audience with Amitabh he would be thrilled! We visited our 41st state, Hawaii, for his birthday in 2012 and in 2013 we went to Iceland and the UK after he got back from Pakistan (and yes, his arms are tired, and no I will not explain why 😉 !  This year we are buying our 8th and 9th houses and staying in New Orleans, a holiday town in and of itself.

*photo from 2011 birthday trip to Istanbul, Turkey*

Republished from 11/13/12 & 11/12/13

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource (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 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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