Richard James …In Six

Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Richard: Still looking!

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?
Richard: Is there such a thing as a “travel librarian”?

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Richard: My childhood library in Nuneaton was everything a library should be, to a poor kid with a hunger for knowledge. In my memory, it’s warm and full of glowing wood and wonderful books.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Richard: I read and reread an oddball piece of ’70s SciFi by R.A. Lafferty- Arrive at Easterwine. One of the first SciFi novels I read and one which is still a pleasure to step into every year or so.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Richard: Never the same! Provides opportunities and excuses to learn every day!

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Richard: All of the relationships you make at library school and in the jobs you’ve been in and the one you may have now will be of enduring value- professionally, personally, and intellectually.


I’ve worked in all kinds of libraries, from public to academic to research. I didn’t start out working in libraries, however- when I lived in England, I worked mostly in fairly humble positions in health care. I tried to go to college to study nursing, but it didn’t take, and after several years of volunteering and traveling, I settled in America and started out at Borders, where so many librarians got their professional feet wet! I went back to school as an adult, and got an undergrad in history followed immediately by an MLS from Clarion, while working at the Hagley Library in Delaware, West Chester University, and then the State Library in Delaware as an ILS administrator. I’m now trying to secure a full-time reference/instruction position or at least a blended position with a heavy reference complement. I live in Delaware with my wife, daughter, and many cats.

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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