Naomi Socher …In Six

Naomi House: How did you find your current job?
Naomi Socher: I found a link to the listing on the INALJ list!

Naomi House: Favorite library you have been to?
Naomi Socher: A private neighborhood children’s library owned and run by a lady named Kathy Johnson. She organized her vast children’s fiction collection in her own idiosyncratic way, placing books that were similar near each other on the shelves.

Naomi House: Favorite book?
Naomi Socher: That’s a really hard question. I’m going to give you two. My all time favorite is The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. My most recent favorite, meaning a book I’ve read and loved in the past few months is The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson.

Naomi House: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Naomi Socher: The calm. Not calm in the sense of quiet, simply calm in the sense of not frantic.

Naomi House: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Naomi Socher: The Librarian in Black, if you aren’t already. I also follow Charle’s Kiernan’s blog, specifically for his intriguing musings on various strange fairy tales you’ve never heard of before. For example, in this month’s Juniper Tree, a child gets decapitated and eaten by his unwitting father. Not to worry though, he is somewhat improbably resurrected at the end.

Naomi House: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Naomi Socher: Just apply to every job you might possibly want to do. There is a lot of advice out there about the best ways to apply, but in the end you just need to get your resume out there and looked at by a whole bunch of people. So don’t agonize too long over cover letters, just send them. And keep sending them. And keep sending them.

Born in California and raised all over the country, I went to school for 1st,2nd & 6th grades before going to University of Maryland for a BA in Philosophy & Classics and Rutgers for my MLIS. Don’t worry, I didn’t skip all those grades and do everything ridiculously young, I simply home schooled the rest of the time. I received my MLIS with a concentration in school librarianship, but am not using that portion of my training except to read new children’s literature whenever possible. I work as a business research librarian with the title “Library Operations Supervisor” at Infotrieve, a position that I found with the help of the I Need A Library Job daily email. I live in Philadelphia with my fiancée, Beverly Lerner.

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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