Mallory Olguin …In Six

Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Mallory: I would love to be just like Terri Gross on Fresh Air (and by that I mean come onto the job and magically have decades of radio and interviewing experience and an already established fan-base). She gets to talk to the coolest people and needs to research them a lot before hand, cutting through rumors to find interesting facts about people’s lives so she can ask all the good questions that really make her guests think. Come to think of it she probably has someone else do the research… so maybe being the Fresh Air researcher would be my dream job!

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?
Mallory: I know it sounds kind of crazy but I’ve been getting into developing exercise plans lately. A group of my friends and I started going to the gym at the same time each week and I make up a work-out plan for all of us to do together. It makes for a really pleasant work-out experience that I look forward to because I get to spend time with my friends while I exercise. I would love to create something like that for my office. Everyone is very stationary all day in my work environment and I think providing some bit of daily group exercise – stretching or a 15 minute power walk – could boost the morale in the office and make people more productive.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Mallory: I took a trip to the Seattle Public Library when I was still in library school and it lived up to all my expectations. It was one of the first libraries I heard of that incorporated modern design into it’s construction and really focused on creating a new and interesting atmosphere for its patrons. I think it provided positive inspiration for other libraries being constructed now, showing that there is a demand for libraries that break out of the box and don’t conform to the idea of what libraries are “supposed” to look like.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Mallory: My favorite books are always shifting around. I don’t think I’ve found that one book that I can read over and over until the cover comes apart in my hands. There’s so much to read out there that I have a hard time reading a single book more than once. That being said I think I’ve read the Harry Potter series about 4 times through which is no small commitment. I never seem to tire of reading about Harry Potter so those books are probably in the running to be my favorite.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Mallory: Libraries, no matter what kind, always seem like they’re full of endless possibilities because I know that libraries are full of people who want to do all they can to help. It’s nice to know that when I go into a library or contact another librarian there is someone who is automatically on my team and wants to see me succeed. I think that vision of wanting to be as helpful as possible to the community they are serving is something that will make librarianship a timeless profession. While the daily tasks, technology used and title of a librarian may change, that underlying philosophy of helpfulness and the drive to do good things for their community remains.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Mallory: Two things: First, remember that job hunting in itself is a full time job so expect to be spending a lot of hours looking and fine tuning your materials. Secondly, and more importantly in my opinion, be extra good to yourself while you’re looking for a job. It can be so easy to lose sight of what a great catch you are when you put yourself out there in earnest and get no response or get passed over. Make sure that you are being nice to yourself and give yourself lots of treats!


Mallory Olguin enjoys dressing up her feisty tiny dog for photo shoots, mixing up unusual cocktails and exploring the local flavor of wherever she is by attending events like demolition derbies and following food trucks. She desperately misses the warm, humid air of summer and longer days. She just learned to knit last week and is currently trying to master perling. Her Netflix queue is generally populated with historical biopics, action films where things explode and depressing documentaries that sit on the coffee table un-watched. When she’s not engaging in any of the above she works diligently as a Content Management Analyst at the NASA Center for Aerospace Information in Hanover, MD managing special projects and creating metadata for NASA’s scientific and technical information databases.

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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