Sheryl House …In Six

Interview with my Mom :)

Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Sheryl: Teaching social studies because it is about people and I want students to see that they are important too, or special education.

Naomi: If you could take any of your hobbies and create a job out of them or integrate it into your job what would it be? And how?
Sheryl: I like doing hand crafts. My grandmother taught me to embroider and crochet. She tried to teach me how to knit but I didn’t really like it. My mom was an excellent seamstress and taught me how to sew. I’d like to learn how to do some of the old crafts women did during difficult times such as making rag rugs. It’s part of our American history and I’d like to share it with students.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Sheryl: My favorite library is the original public library in Great Falls, MT where I got my first library card and spent time there as a child.

Naomi: Tell us a little about a library you worked in.
Sheryl: I worked at the Cierpke Memorial Library, part of Tennessee Temple University. It was part time work, 4 hours a day. I supervised work study students and made a point to learn what they were expected to do. We went through changing from Dewey to Library of Congress cataloging and the girls did a lot of moving books besides reading their shelves.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Sheryl: I like biographies and historical novels best. Many have had an impact on me and I can’t name one favorite book.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Sheryl: I guess it is to keep at it. It is not easy and you probably won’t find something right away but keep at it and do what you can along the way to make yourself more employable.


I was born and raised in Great Falls, MT where my family kept our family history alive by telling stories of our past. It was also an area full of local history and I remember in 5th and 6th grades how interesting I found the Montana history unit and European history. After high school I went to college in Minnesota then I returned to Great Falls and taught in our small private school. I met my husband John, we got married and started our family. After he finished his enlistment in the Air Force we moved to Chattanooga, TN where he went to college and our family continued to grow. I worked in the college library until we moved. We homeschooled our first 2 daughters for a while before moving to western New York state where John was from. I started working with high school special ed students and now have New York State teaching certification in social studies and special education, both for grades 7-12. I’ve spent a lot of time subbing in some of the local schools and hope to have a full time position sometime soon.

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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