What Do You Support Beyond Libraries?

by Naomi House, MLIS

What Do You Support Beyond Libraries?

NaomiHouse ALA 2014 VegasLibrarians are often passionate advocates in the LIS world, for their patrons, for their jobs, for the field as a whole. The advocacy I have seen in person and in social media has been impressive. But we are passionate about more than just the work we do for pay.

For example I am passionate about helping people connect with job opportunities, which is why I started INALJ.  And I am passionate about helping to fund-raise for causes I believe in which is how I connected with T160K.org.

There are many avenues for successfully channeling that energy into making a difference.

What are you passionate about? What do you support?  Leave us a comment below! Or reply on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.  This is less an article and more a way to jump start a conversation.

Thanks!

 

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 18.5 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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  2 comments for “What Do You Support Beyond Libraries?

  1. Ed
    October 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I support the environment and environmental causes. Living in the Hudson Valley of New York its easy to see what a beautiful planet we live in and the need to leave our future generations a safe, clean, healthy environment. I’ve been a member of the Sierra Club for many years, support their causes, write letters when I can and do my part at home by recycling and volunteering. Power to the Peaceful!

  2. Stephanie
    October 27, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I support the arts (especially music) by attending local events I can afford, and by participating in a local community band as musician and librarian. Music is fun and good for the brain at any age!! Also I donate blood and support the American Bible Society and the USO.

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