Jenna Edwards …In Six

Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Jenna: My dream job is a job that lets me combine my passion for historical research with the preservation of historical records. The National Park Service is the best of both worlds, because I get to work with unique collections that span many topics and see the interpretation of those records in action. Often the scientists and park staff that create the records are right down the hall or a phone call away. It is invaluable to actually get to work with and talk with the records creators.

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?
Jenna: I like being outdoors and learning about nature. This has been a tremendous asset while working in Everglades National Park. My appreciation of the outdoors has helped me gain a better understanding of the science records that have been created by the park.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Jenna: Hands down the Library of Congress. There is something about that building that still to this day makes me stand in awe. When you think of the history encompassed in that building it’s pretty amazing.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Jenna: To Kill a Mockingbird. I remember reading it in eighth grade and it has remained one of my favorite books.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Jenna: The thing I like most about archival work is the ability to preserve documents that were created decades ago and leave a legacy behind. It’s a great feeling knowing that these documents are accessible to researchers for generations to come partially because of the work I’ve done.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Jenna: My best piece of advice is to be persistent when looking for jobs and don’t get discouraged. I would also recommend taking on volunteer opportunities or internships for students still in school. So much of job hunting is making connections with people, and you never know when you will meet someone that can help you get a job.


Jenna is the project archivist at the South Florida Collections Management Center located in Everglades National Park. She will be celebrating her fourth year with the National Park Service in January and has had the opportunity to work at three National Parks across the country. She has a M.A. in public history from Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio) and a B.A. in history from Miami University (Ohio).

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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