Cynthia Engle …In Six

Cynthia previously wrote an article for INALJ.com which can be found here: http://inalj.com/?p=256

Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Cynthia: My dream job would be to develop ways that help libraries be self-sufficient without the dependency on outside funding. My goal would be to have libraries operate on an increased business level without sacrificing the value and purpose of its’ collections. From what I have observed few business minded people carry the same passion for a library and its’ collections as well as few librarians understand the need to operate the library like a business. As a person with experience from both sides, it would be my dream to help bridge this gap.

Naomi: If you could take any of your hobbies and create a job out of them or integrate into your job what would it be? And how?
Cynthia: I enjoy scrapbooking, which requires artistic expression, organizational skills, and preserving material for future viewing. These skills are also needed in a library and/or archives environment. I need to be able to organize information in a way that the public can easily understand and access. My artistic expression stems mainly from developing grant ideas that will help fund projects that will not only generate revenue for the institute, but also help preserve the collections for the future.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Cynthia: My favorite library I have been too would be the Carl A. Kroch Library at Cornell University. Kroch Library is my favorite primarily because of the memories it evokes. It was the first academic library I had visited that helped me to better understand how a design of a library can help the function of a library.

Naomi: Favorite Book?
Cynthia: One of my favorite books is Danny the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff. The book is about a little boy who visits a museum and the dinosaur comes to life. They spend the whole day going on grand adventures! This book holds sentimental value as it was my very first book, checked out with my very first library card. The book is also a constant reminder about all the grand adventures I can have, if I just put my mind to it.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/library technology?
Cynthia: My favorite thing about libraries would be the way it makes me feel. When I walk into a library I feel a sense of serenity with an underlying ripple of excitement. It is as if time has stood still allowing me free reign to explore shelf after shelf of knowledge. I get excited at the vast amount of information that is at my fingertips.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Cynthia: Be selective, but also keep an open mind. It might not be your dream job; however it might be a step in the right direction. Choose a job that will help you achieve at least one skill needed in your ideal job. Plus you might be pleasantly surprised.


Cynthia Engle graduated from Ithaca College in 2008 with her dual baccalaureates in Art History and Anthropology. She was blessed to have landed her “dream job” at such a young age, which also led to the realization that there are so many other dreams to chase. Although she has worked in a library environment since the age of 15, she is currently taking a break to pursue her master’s in business administration. She hopes to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa in fall 2012. She believes that sometimes you have to take two steps back in order to take one gigantic leap forward and knows that her path will eventually lead back to a library. In between studying and writing essays, she spends much of her free time cultivating her new garden and baking endless batches of lavender cookies.

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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