INALJ 2015 Leadership Team!

by Naomi House, MLIS

INALJ 2015 Leadership Team!

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 Update: as of 8/31/15 Rachael Altman & Ashley Mancill resigned –
I (Naomi House) went back to never resting, lol and running INALJ daily

I began INALJ (initially called I need a library job) in October 2010 as a list of jobs for my fellow Rutgers classmates. I have logged in and worked on INALJ nearly every single day, so roughly 1,538 days in total, which can be broken out to

  • 132,883,200 seconds
  • 2,214,720 minutes
  • 36,912 hours
  • 219 weeks and 5 days

Whew- I am tired.  So in 2015 I am staying on as CEO but the daily managerial duties will be taken over by a fantastic team of long-term INALJ volunteers.  I am grateful and proud of all they have accomplished and look forward to them steering the ship in 2015!  I introduce to you the INALJ 2015 Leadership team:

Rachael Altman, COO:

rachael altmanRachael Altman is an information professional with a passion for research, information and connecting people with the resources needed to succeed and thrive in a changing global society. As a longtime contributor with INALJ, she is passionate about helping job seekers think outside of the box to pursue unique career opportunities and works to help information professionals find jobs. Rachael is a volunteer with the Chicago Chapter of Ellevate, the Illinois Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, and the Membership Committee of the Competitive Intelligence Division of the Special Libraries Association. She graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies with a MS in Library and Information Science and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Cultural Heritage Preservation and attended Bradley University where she earned a BA in English and Creative Writing and MA in English with a focus on Writing Theory. Rachael is currently working as a Corporate Research Analyst with Grant Thornton International, Ltd. in Chicago. 

Jennifer Devine, CIO:

FullSizeRenderHello I’m Jennifer Devine. I hold an MLIS with a concentration of Archives and Preservation and a BA in History with concentrations in Colonial American History and Popular Culture with a minor in Information Studies both from the University of South Carolina. I currently work as an Assistant Archivist mostly working with Digital files and Metadata in Washington, D.C. In addition to my work I have been a virtual volunteer for INALJ and Hiring Librarians.

At Hiring Librarians I am a Transcriber. At INALJ I have held several positions. I started as the Head Editor of West Virginia. With West Virginia being a great starting state I was looking for something with a bit more job traffic and transferred to Head Editor of Maryland. From there I applied to be a Volunteer Coordinator and headed the position of Associates and Assistants for the other jobs of INALJ. After a reorganization and transition of the INALJ workload I chose to continue on as a Volunteer Coordinator and stay with the Maryland page as a Senior Assistant. I currently am moving up to the CIO position of INALJ and will continue on as a Senior Assistant for the Maryland page. You can follow my page on twitter @INALJMaryland or my personal twitter account @archpresj.

I have learned a lot during my experiences and made lots of great connections through INALJ. I have a personal blog (https://archpres.wordpress.com/) that I write when I have time to devote to it about my journey to becoming an archivist which I am still on. I am a member of ALA, SAA, MARAC, DCLA and LISSA (my University Library Student Chapter). You can visit my professional site at https://devinejennifer.wordpress.com/.

Kate Kosturski, Volunteer Coordinator, Canada and International pages :

RDP_5424I’m Kate Kosturski, Senior Editor for Ontario and Quebec.  This is my fifth position with INALJ since starting in February 2013 – I’m also one of the Volunteer Coordinators for the site, and was previous Head Editor of the New York State, New York City, and Rhode Island pages. (Sleep? What’s sleep?)   I’m currently Institutional Participation Coordinator for the United Kingdom and Northern Europe at JSTOR in New York City – which is really a fancy way of saying “I tell everyone in my part of Europe how awesome JSTOR is, and then hopefully they buy some.”  I received my MSLIS at Pratt Institute, and currently reside in Connecticut (on the Shoreline not far from Stamford if you are familiar with the area).  I’m active throughout ALA, including the New Members’ Roundtable (NMRT), Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), and Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).  I’m also big coder – I have taken courses in Javascript and Python, and just started diving in to Github and Drupal.  I’m a 2011 ALA Emerging Leader, so if you have questions on that program, please feel free to ask.  If I’m not librarian’ing (if that is a word :) ) I’m watching baseball, knitting, taking photos, cooking, being a steampunker, and playing Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Fun fact you may not know about me:  I only took my first international flight this year (2014) – I went to London for work.

Ashley Mancill, Volunteer Coordinator, Alabama through Missouri:

amancillAshley graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, where she earned a BA in English and a minor in history. After spending a few years working in publishing, she decided to pursue a career in librarianship.

Ashley’s constant dabbling has led her to acquire a variety of skills and cultivate a number of interests. She has experience in marketing and promotion, editing, research, graphic and web design, and writing. She enjoys traveling, making vegetarian meals, Restoration literature, life hacks, TV streaming marathons, Imperial Russian history, and learning new technologies. She hopes to learn Irish Gaelic someday.

Ashley currently works in library circulation. To see what else Ashley is up to, visit her at amancill.weebly.com or find her on LinkedIn.

Stephanie Sendaula, Volunteer Coordinator, Associates and Assistants:
I’ve been volunteering for INALJ since 2011, first as an Assistant to the Submissions Editor and then Associate Editor and now Volunteer Coordinator. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this welcoming community and help you, yes you, find your next internship or job. I received my MLIS from Drexel University in 2012 and was a public librarian (adult and teen reference) before joining the Library Journal team in 2014 as an Associate Editor. Before I transitioned to librarianship, I studied journalism at Temple University and was a freelance writer, editor, and  transcriber for several years. I feel lucky that I get to combine both of my interests, writing and librarianship, on a daily basis. My outside interests include baking, cooking, candle making, and traveling—especially to Philadelphia as often as possible to catch up with family and college friends. As mentioned in my Twitter bio, I also love cats. You can find me on Twitter or LinkedIn; I participate in #inaljchat as much as I can. 

Claire Schmieder, Volunteer Coordinator, Montana through Wyoming:

Claire.Schmieder.SeniorEditorI’m an enthusiast! I am the Program Associate at the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel, NJ. I hold an MA (2007) in Public History and an MLIS (2013), both from Rutgers University. I’m also the Vice Chair of the New Jersey Library Association’s Member Communications Subcommittee. Before earning my MLIS, I worked as an independent researcher and writer for a handful of amazing organizations, such as the South Jersey Tourism Corporation, the Pew Foundation, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. In my free time, I read, write, and play Minecraft. You can find me on LibraryThingLinkedIn, and Twitter. And you can read more about me here.

 

 

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 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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