London & Paris: 3 Libraries I Plan on Visiting This Holiday Season

by Gabrielle Spiers, Head Editor, INALJ Montana

London & Paris: 3 Libraries I Plan on Visiting This Holiday Season

gabrielle-spiersMy parents live near Paris, France and my brother lives in London which means that I usually get to spend Christmas and New Year in one of those cities. This year I get to spend time in both and I thought I would take some time to visit or actually revisit three libraries.

  • The Biblioteque Nationale de France which has several locations in Paris. When I was in graduate school I actually did get to go and do research at the François-Mitterrand Library. There are a couple of interesting looking exhibits going on there and I would like to get over there again.



  • Finally in early January I am helping to run a program for children at The American Library in Paris where my Mom is a volunteer and since I am a librarian I get to run the program. I am super-excited but a little concerned because children’s programming isn’t something that I do in my every day life.  This is also the library I grew up visiting so I am excited to go back as a grown up and give something back.



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.