Neal Harmeyer …In Six

Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Neal: I saw my job posted in the INALJ daily email and at Archives Gig on the same day. A few friends also told me about the posting right away.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Neal: For nostalgic reasons, the tiny library from my elementary school is my favorite. I’ve seen impressive libraries housing vast, unique collections, but the library in which I learned to love books will always be my favorite. After all, I read nearly everything in it!

Naomi: Favorite book?
Neal: It’s hard to choose because I love so many, but I will say The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury as it’s the book that made me realize the vast array of possibilities a good imagination may inspire.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Neal: I find it personally satisfying that a person who works in rare books and a person working to preserve electronic records may have divergent skills and interests but each strives to preserve a piece of the written word for future generations.

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Neal: The Spellbound Blog is a fun semi-regular blog for archives geeks like me. I’m also very fond of Blogging Hoosier History from the Indiana University Archives; this alum may be biased, but I think it’s one of the best university archival blogs out there.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Neal: It’s cliché but true: don’t quit trying. After months of disappointment, I was very frustrated and disillusioned. In fact, I had to be convinced by friends and family to apply for the job I now hold. Today, I wouldn’t change how it’s all turned out.


Neal Harmeyer graduated with a MLS, specializing in Archives and Records Management, from Indiana University, Bloomington in May 2011. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in History in December 2008. Neal returned to Purdue in November 2011 to become Digital Archivist in the Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. His hobbies include reading, watching Indiana University and Indiana Pacers basketball, and spending as much time as possible with friends and family.

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, Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ.com. In just over a year and a half she’s had over 8.5 Million page hits and helped over 1,500 librarians 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. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has relocated to New Orleans, LA. 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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