Naomi House, MLIS – Portfolio

Naomi House, MLIS
(photo by Kyle Cassidy)

Being the change: innovating & creating solutions from the grassroots up. Finding & filling a need on the fly.  Connecting info pros with job opportunities. Over 16 years of experience in libraries and information centers. Social media strategist and former CMO. Crowdfunding and patrimony/heritage supporter.

Naomi House, MLIS – Portfolio

Work Experience / INALJ
Founder, Project Manager, Administrator, Publisher and Editor
10/2010 – Present
LinkedIn Group INALJ 
Twitter @INALJNaomi
Facebook (closed 2/17/2016)

      • Publishes: INALJ, an online webzine/blog with a focus on job searching strategies, interviews and access to all INALJ (I Need a Library Job) portals into one virtual space. Also publishes a list of jobs for librarians, library workers and other information professionals weekdays in the daily INALJ Jobs pdf. Over 500,000 page views in a month (2015) and over 20 million total page views.
      • Pandemic Response: Created 3 series of interviews to run in the summer of 2020 in direct response to the shrinking traditional job market caused by the global pandemic. 87% weekly page view increase upon launch.
      • Cultivated: in less than one month built a volunteer crew of 63 Head Editors for states, Canadian provinces and several international countries, along with 88 assistants for those editors and other senior and assistant editors.  Reorganized in 2015 to increase volunteer efficiency and job output.
      • Supervises: and edits the submissions of all volunteer contributors, including specialists in international jobs, competitive intelligence and prospect research jobs.
      • Provides: thousands of new active library positions, both internationally and nationally. Helped  thousands of info pros find jobs.
      • Grew: over 7,000 Facebook fans (retired the account in 2016), over 7,700 Twitter followers and a network of more than 9,000 librarians and information professionals on the LinkedIn group. Klout score of 65 (Klout was retired May 25, 2018).
      • Grassroots: developed methods for building subscription base through social media, email, networking and internet campaigns. Built brand and brand recognition. Utilized metrics to build support.
      • Built: advertising revenue and relationships with vendors, universities and non-traditional employers interested in finding the best Information professionals.


Khan Moving, LLC
CIO and Webmaster
7/2007 – 2014
Archive of Reviews

      • Created: Khan Moving website, logo, catch-phrase and jingle.
      • Expanded: by utilizing national networks such as was able to help the President and CEO triple business in 2008 and become one of the highest rated moving labor companies in the Washington, DC area through 2013.


CSTI/ Census Bureau Library
Suitland, MD
Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian
8/2010 – 11/2013
Government Contractor

      • Supervised: collection development and reference department staff.
      • Saved: along with my Acquisitions staff, saved the Census Bureau 25% of our total subscriptions budget/IAA, in FY12 and 34% in FY13.
      • Created: made taxonomy for Library shared drive. Worked with Records Management staff to make sure the plan complied with government schedules. Identified procedural problems.


Georgetown Law Library
Washington, D.C.
Evening Circulation Supervisor
8/2007 – 9/2010
John Wolff International & Comparative Law Library

      • International Specialist: Bibliographic searcher for the reference librarians’ collection development duties at the international library including United Nations and NATO documents.
      • Supervised: Responsible for hiring and scheduling all student workers.
      • Served: member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Integrated Library System Forum, and International Resources Forum.
      • Lead: created a new classification system and indexing terms for the shared drive. Spearheaded the required switch to SharePoint for all Wolff staff documents.

Previous Library Experience includes:  Ithaca College Library, ICBA Information Center, American Chemical Society Library, Trak Records & Library and RIT Wallace Library (1995-1996; 2004-2007)

Previous Customer Service & Management Experience:  World Market, Media Play, Ames and Wegmans (1996-2004)

Previous Teaching Experience:  Alfred-Almond Central School 8th Grade Special Education (1998-1999) and English for Speakers of Other Languages – ESL Teacher at Language ETC (2005-2006)


Partnerships / T160K

Washington State / Remote
7/2014 – 12/2016
LinkedIn T160k group
Facebook T160k (closed May 2020)
Twitter @T160K
Twitter @T160kNaomi
Pinterest T160k
Google+ T160k

      • Marketing: Moved T160K from its old tag line specific to the Libraries in Exile project in Timbuktu to the wider tagline, A Community of Cultural Preservation. Created press/blogger kits. Liaison for media related inquiries.
      • Social Media: Built the T160K Pinterest page from scratch including selections from the Dropbox collection of T160K images as well as pins from various international, news and other sources for T160K. Created the T160K LinkedIn community. Manages all social media accounts including Facebook and Twitter. Created personal @T160KNaomi twitter handle. Started Google+ group page and Ello page. Started T160K WordPress blog.
      • Grew: All social media accounts from launch in July of 2014. Nearly tripled the number of Twitter followers; 40% increase in Facebook followers.


Board Membership

University of Maryland iSchool
College Park, MD
Inaugural MLS Advisory Board
Appointed for a three year term, 2014-2017



* Library Journal Movers & Shakers 2013 – Community Builders Award (update on my personal stance on the controversy re: the 2020 Library of the Year award)



Rutgers University
8/2009 – 5/2011
Masters of Library and Information Science
Beta Phi Mu, Omicron Chapter

State University of New York, Empire State College
8/2007 – 2/2009
Bachelor of Arts – Major in History

previously Monroe Community College, Finger Lakes Community College and RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) 1995-2001


Pandemic Response / 2020 Interview Series

When the global pandemic began being taken seriously the jobs market for librarians slowed significantly as employers either stopped hiring, closed currently open positions or waited to list new jobs. This inspired me to launch 3 series of interviews with LIS professionals at all levels who have found work outside traditional libraries and internationally. 

  • Interviews about non-Library job fields: Launched May 25, 2020 this series focuses on introducing LIS workers to job fields they might be qualified for and unaware of, and giving them advice on breaking into those fields. Interest in these interviews helped increase traffic to by 87% since the beginning of the pandemic lockdowns.
  • Interviews with LIS folk who have started their own businesses: Launching late summer 2020.
  • Interviews with LIS folk who have found work abroad: Launching late summer 2020.



On hiatus beginning in 2016 – returning in 2020

      • Presenter.  “Global Adventure: Tips & Advice on Getting a Top-Notch Library Job and Career Overseas.”  International Relations Committee (IRC) of  the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (DC/SLA).  Webinar. Online. June 30, 2015naomi house rutgers 4.2015
      • Keynote. “Developing Your Digital Brand … with an emphasis on getting a job,” Rutgers MLIS Colloquium. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. April 8, 2015
      • Presenter. “Information Services Today: An Introduction: Part 2 – Information Professions: Physical and Virtual Environments.” Information Services Today: An Introduction textbook series. Webinar. Online. March 20, 2015.
      • Presenter. “Seminar cum Training Workshop on Publish and Present: Strengthening the Quality of Scientific Scholarly Communication.”University College of Science, Saifabad (UCSS), Osmania University, Hyderabad, in association with INMAS, DRDO, Delhi and DMRL, DRDO, Hyderabad, India. Webinar. Online. March 16-18, 2015.
      • Keynote. “Cover Letter and Resume Review Workshop,” Catholic University SLA Student Division, Washington, DC.  January 17, 2015.
      • Panelist. “T160K”  School presentation, NYC.  December 2, 2014.
      • Panelist. “Using Twitter in the Job Hunt: Google+ Hangout,” CAPS: Your U of A Career Centre. University of Alberta. Google+ Hangout. Online.  July 29, 2014.
      • Panelist.  “Leaning International…Recipes from the Field,” IRRT International Connection Committee.  American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.  Las Vegas, NV.  June 30, 2014.
      • Panelist.  “Alternate Career Paths: Federal Opportunities ,” ALA Federal and Armed Forces Libraries, Careers in Federal Libraries, and Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Library and Information Science sponsored.  American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.  Las Vegas, NV.  June 29, 2014.
      • Panelist.  “Become a Social Media GURU in Your Job Search,” FAFLRT & CiFL Committees.  American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.  Las Vegas, NV.  June 28, 2014.
      • Presenter.  “Constrictions as Strategy:  Building Your Network with Low Cost and No Cost Branding
        & Marketing Tools,”  National Digital Stewardship Alliance Outreach Working Group (NDSA) at the Library of Congress. Webinar. Online.  May 12, 2014.
      • Presenter.  “Social Media Tips for Job Hunters,”  Careers in Federal Libraries (CiFL). webinar. Online.  May 3, 2014.
      • Guest of Leah White and Steve Thomas, “On INALJ,” Circulating Ideas Podcast, Episode 43.  Online.  April 15, 2014.
      • Speaker.  “I Need a Job,” Professor Trester’s Linguistics 487, MLC Proseminar. Georgetown University. Online.   April 15, 2014.
      • Chat presenter. “Networking and Un/Underemployed Chat,” #medlibs chat on Twitter.  Online.  March 6, 2014.
      • Panelist.  “We Built a Community!” Breakout Talks.  OCLC EMEA Regional Council Fifth Annual Meeting 2014. Cape Town, South Africa.  February 24, 2014. video
      • Presenter. “Mining Massachusetts: a toolkit for librarian/info pro job seekers and their employers,” Massachusetts Library System webinar.  Online.  December 13, 2013.
      • Speaker. “Search Terms Beyond Librarian: Finding the Hidden Job Market in Front of Your Eyes,”  Resumé Swap, District of Columbia Library Association. Mt. Pleasant Library.  Washington, DC.  November 19, 2013.
      • Panelist. Careers in Library Science Panel Discussion, DGI and DC/SLA. Washington, DC.  November 13, 2013.
      • Inaugural New Member Keynote Speaker, “Succeeding Against and with the Odds:  Job Hunting Skills, Tricks and Tips for all Info Pro and Librarian Job Hunters,” Virginia Library Association Annual Meeting. Williamsburg, VA.  September 26, 2013.
      • Speaker, “Branding and Marketing: from the personal to the professional,” Executive Council of the Alaska Library Association (AkLA).  Alaska State Library, Anchorage, Alaska.  September 20, 2013.
      • Speaker, “Beyond Libraries: Careers for Info Pros Outside the Hallowed Halls of Libraries,” Virginia SLA Career Connection: Keys to LIS Career Growth and Successful Job Hunting. VASLA. Chesapeake, VA. August 23 2013.
      • Panelist, “NewFeds panel,” Institute on Federal Library Resources. Catholic University of America. Washington, DC.  July 13, 2013.
      • Panelist, “A Day in the Life- Federal Librarians on the Job.” American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. June 29, 2013.
      • Panelist, “Guess what you can do with your MLIS degree?” American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.  June 29, 2013.
      • Speaker, “Balancing Act and Actions,” LexisNexis 2013 National Press Club Event for Government Librarians. Professional Versatility, Leadership, and Organizational Effectiveness in Challenging Times.  Washington, DC.  May 16, 2013.
      • Guest of Steven Bell and John Shank, “Communities of Conscious Design: Planting and Pruning Your Way to an Effective Online Community,” Blended Librarian,” Webcast-20130418 1904-1. Online.  April 18, 2013.
      • Speaker & Workshop Presenter, “INALJ by Example: Growing Your Career from the Grassroots Up,” McGill University SIS, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. April 12, 2013.
      • Speaker, “You and Only You: An Empire State Librarian’s Toolkit,” New York Library Association, webinar. Online.  April 10, 2013.
      • Speaker, “New Trends in Information & Reference Services, “American University in the Emirates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. February 15, 2013.
      • Panelist/Speaker, “Personal Branding & Your Online Presence Workshop,” University of Maryland iSchool/SLA-MD/SAM. College Park, MD.  January 30, 2013.
      • Guest of Emily Thompson and Addie Matteson, “Finding that Perfect Job,”LiTTech Podcast, Episode 64.  Online.  January 23, 2013.
      • Speaker, “’I’dentity: building a brand by bucking the crowdsourcing trend,” ACRL/NY 2012.  Symposium. Cultivating Entrepreneurship in Academic Libraries. New York, NY.  December 7, 2012.
      • Co-presenter with Cynthia Engle. “Bending Boundaries and Inverting Expectations in the Job Hunt,” University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Career Exploration Speaker. Honolulu, Hawaii.  November 15, 2012.
      • Speaker. “It’s Not Easy Being Green: building strategies for job hunting success for beginners in the library field,” Online GSLIS Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Career Exploration Speaker Series. Online.  September 7, 2012.
      • Co-presenter. “Last Night a Database Saved My Life,” Library of Congress. FedLink Library Technician’s Institute. Washington, DC.  August 22, 2012.
      • Panelist/Speaker. “Rebooting Your Career: Networking, Motivation and Partnering,” DC/SLA Chapter. Job Search Presentation. Washington, DC.  June 14, 2012.
      • Panelist/Speaker. “Searching for Jobs, Panel Discussion,” SLA Maryland Chapter. Job Search Workshop III. Gaithersburg, MD. November 5, 2011.

Professional Associations

      • Ellevate (formerly 85 Broads) member, achiever / investor level 2013- present
      • American Library Association member 2008- 2015
      • Beta Phi Mu- Omicron member 2012- present
      • DCLA member 2008- 2015
      • Special Library Association- DC/SLA member,  2009- 2013, served on the Strategic Plan Committee 2013
      • Special Library Association- LaSoMi member 2013- 2016
      • Women in Technology member 2013- present


Publications/ Articles/ Books/ eBooks

Multiple articles and blog postings for, T160K blog and other blogs, books and more including:

Articles for other publications articles  


T160K articles                    

Press / In the Media

All T160K Press can be found at T160K Press including, The Guardian, PBS News Hour, National Geographic, Library Journal, Words in the Bucket, Star Africa and more!



      • #inaljchat :  a weekly tweetchat hosted by an INALJ Head Editor @INALJchat Mondays 9-10pm Eastern on various topics related to libraries and job hunting.  Replaced by #LISproChat in February 2016 by two former moderators.
      • Lead and initiated various Twitter hashtag campaigns, including #MLSadvice (2013) and #LibrariesAre (July 2014).
      • #medlibs : invited guest in 2014
      • #SLATalk : cohosted #INALJchat with @inaljchat all about Lifelong Learning and “Back to School




Skills and Databases

      • Integrated Library Systems include SirsiDynix Symphony, Innovative’s Millennium, Voyager and InMagic circulation and acquisitions modules.
      • Office Databases and Programs include Microsoft Office suite including Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint; familiarity as a user with SharePoint (user), SCT Banner, iPrint, Sharpdesk, SFTP, Gobi, ILLiad, Ariel, iMIS, Photoshop, Adobe Professional, VPN, Secure File Transfer, basic HTML/xHTML web design, CSS, RefWorks, scanning tech, metadata schemas, taxonomy schemas and Internet Savvy.
      • Research Databases include ERIC, Dialog, Scopus, Factiva, Hoovers, Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw, Westlaw TWEN, OCLC, OCLC ILLME, Global Books in Print, Blackwell’s, CQ, ReferenceUSA, Free Edgar, THOMAS, eLibrary, eBrary, free and fee databases as well as familiarity with print only sources.
      • Social Media and Web Platforms include Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, HootSuite, LinkedIn.
      • Analysis Skills include SWOT analysis, Benchmarking, Published Source Collections, Human Source Content/Intelligence, Win-Loss analysis, Five Points analysis.


Contact Information



Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list ( formerly I Need a Library Job) and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of, a crowdfunding platform focused on African patrimony, heritage and cultural projects.

INALJ was 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 In just over a year and a half she’s had over 20 Million page hits and helped many, many thousands of 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 one month.

Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this with many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro. She presents whenever she can, most recently she was on three panels at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas; as breakout presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa; as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting; at the National Press Club in Washington DC; McGill University in Montreal, Canada; 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 is as of now, nomadic. She runs her husband’s moving labor website,, fixes and sells old houses and assists her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food as well. She is starting a new social purpose company and looks forward to making a difference.  She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.