Ask Naomi: But I want to be a Librarian

While one of my great missions with INALJ is to expose library staff and librarians to jobs outside the “L” word/world by focusing on your skill sets, if you have really asked yourself do I want a job or a library job and answered “library, definitely” then what can you do to get a job in a library? When we look at skill sets we need to also look at programs, software and other technologies that will make us more attractive to hiring managers. Depending on what type of library you want to work in you may want to take classes or practice the online modules in the following:

Here are a few ideas based on my own experience- this is in no way, shape or form comprehensive..

Academic Libraries

  • Adobe Captivate is an eLearning content system and often used for presentations
  • Like Captivate there are other Screencasting software which Wikipedia has covered here
  • SmartBoard technologies- well worth looking into as many schools still use this for presentations
  • Familiarity with LiveChat technologies like AIM and Meebo are key

Public Libraries

  • Familiarity with LiveChat technologies like AIM and Meebo are key

Government Libraries

  • Microsoft Office Suite is invaluable as it is standard in government communications, particularly Excel

Special Libraries

This is just a beginning set- a brief list. I want to really develop this further into a top 10 list (or something like that) so please, drop me an email at and reference “Re: But I want to be a Librarian” in the subject heading with any tips or suggestions you’d like to see me add.

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource (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 has had over 20 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 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 now lives part time in Western NY and Budapest, Hungary. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.