Becky Knauer …In Six

Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Becky: My dream job would be to own my own small shop. I’d incorporate my love of fabric and quilting into this shop: “B*QUILTS” would sell fabric as well as have an area for coffee, tea and cookies and a lending library of quilt books. The coffee shop would have assorted glass mugs for coffee and tea cups and saucers for tea, homemade napkins and coasters as well as all homemade cookies, no paper products. People could browse fabric and books, signing books out if desired. This would enable them to peruse several books at once without investing a lot of money while they chose a project, instead of buying a book for a specific pattern. I would offer beginner quilt classes as well as a space for quilters to congregate to visit as well as work on projects. I’d also have a section of children’s books for children to look at while their caregiver browses. (I’d like to be a writer, too).

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?
Becky: Answered above :)

Naomi: Favorite book?
Becky: My favorite book is a toss-up between Teacher Man by Frank McCourt and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Becky: My favorite library that I have been to is the Skaneateles Library—an old, stone building, with high ceilings and old, heavy woodwork and wood floors. The shelves are solid wood, instead of the metal that you see in modern libraries. The wooden card catalog still stands, although it hasn’t been used in years. I was also lucky enough to work there for about two years. Click here for information on this library.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Becky: My favorite thing about libraries is the books, as well as the contact with like-minded people. Library technology definitely has its place, the best part of which is the online catalogue and access to unlimited information on any subject!

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Becky:The best piece of job hunting advice I can give is to persevere and be yourself; make contacts with anyone you can in your desired field—plenty of jobs are obtained, not by what you know, but by who you know. How can I give this advice when I’ve been unemployed since I left the IC library? In this crazy economy, libraries are closing and are understaffed. I currently volunteer at a small library that has four staff members who work four ten hour days. They are definitely overworked, but there is a strong volunteer group, so the work gets done. The library is only open Monday through Thursday.


Becky just sent me her bio (below) in the meantime I just want to add that she is one of my favorite people I have ever worked with!- Naomi;

Becky Knauer has been visiting libraries since she was three years old. Since I’ve moved around a lot, throughout my childhood as well as adulthood, the library is always the first place I visit in a new area—its home. When my children were in their early elementary years, I was asked to work at the Radford Public Library in Virginia. That’s where I got my start in library work. I loved it. When we moved back north, I got a job at the beautiful Skaneateles Library, and later at the Ithaca College library—much different than a public library. The economy bottomed out shortly after we moved south again, so my only choice has been to volunteer in the small town library where we live. I’m hoping to get a position at the University Library here in Charlotte. My hobbies include reading non-fiction as well as fiction, quilting, beading and rose gardening.

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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