5 Things I’d Like to Learn in 2014

by Claire Schmieder, Head Editor, INALJ NJ

5 Things I’d Like to Learn in 2014

claire.schmiederI am really bad at making, and then following through with, New Year’s resolutions. If I do make them, I start feeling like there is all sorts of pressure on me to get started, so I start hiding from my self-imposed projects. Then I feel guilty. It’s at that point that I spiral out of control. It’s ridiculous, I know, but it’s just the way my brain works.

I’ve figured out how to avoid this whole spiral thing, though. When I re-frame resolutions as “things I’d like to learn,” my brain gets all happy and motivated. I try to come up with about 5 items for my yearly list, but I don’t beat myself up if I don’t get to everything. Voilà! Resolutions, without the constant guilt.

Here’s my 2014 list, in no particular order:

  1. SQL.  I took the requisite info tech class at library school, but we didn’t spend enough time on SQL for me to really get it. Why do I want to learn it? No particular reason – I just think it would be cool to be able to use it.
  2. How to use an elliptical trainer without looking like an idiot. I’ve avoided gyms for years, exercising, instead, by playing sports. Now I’m older. And I’ve got wickedly stubborn tendonitis. And I need to start taking better care of myself. Thus, a gym membership and low-impact machines are on the horizon.
  3. Tumblr. I just got the hang of Twitter, like, this year. Now, I’d like to try to figure out microblogging with images and GIFs.
  4. Public speaking. I don’t have a fear of speaking in public, but I know that it takes major skills to be good at it. I’d like to learn some of those skills in the coming year. Maybe Toastmasters?
  5. How to connect with teenagers. I work with a lot of teenagers at my new job and I have to admit that I feel a little bit overwhelmed by them. (Honestly, I felt overwhelmed by teenagers when I WAS a teenager.) Luckily, I’ve got some folks who can help me figure out how to work with them.

Wish me luck!

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) and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of T160K.org, a crowdfunding platform focused on African patrimony, heritage and cultural projects. INALJ was founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard. Its 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. INALJ has had over 20.5 Million page hits and helped many, many thousands of librarians 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 one month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this with many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro and many other publications in the past decade. She presents whenever she can, including serving on three panels at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Las Vegas; as breakout presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa; as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting; at the National Press Club in Washington DC; McGill University in Montreal, Canada; the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has been living and working in Budapest, Hungary and Western New York State. She spent years running her husband’s moving labor website, fixed and sold old houses and assisted her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food. She is preparing to re-enter the workforce and is job hunting. Her husband is now the co-editor of INALJ, a true support!  She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 

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