Tag Archive for Naomi House

Why I Quit My Library Job and Why I No Longer Want One

by Naomi House, MLIS Why I Quit My Library Job and Why I No Longer Want One I have worked in libraries for the last ten years but as of December 2013 I have been working only outside of libraries doing my other job, renovating and selling old houses, and forming a new partnership.  I have…

Strategizing for the Job Hunt

by Naomi House, MLIS, INALJ Founder and Editor Strategizing for the Job Hunt In October 2013 I was not only furloughed but also lost my job in the great and tremendously stupid federal government shutdown.  I wrote an article Furloughed & Job Hunting: why strategizing 1st is the key to success, with advice about what…

A Change You Might Not Even Notice

by Naomi House, MLIS A Change You Might Not Even Notice Next week INALJ will undergo a significant change in its volunteer structure…and if I was not sharing this with you you might not even notice once it happened.  That is intentional.  The change is to lesson the time each volunteer spends on INALJ, while concentrating…

Why SLA is a ‘Must’ Membership for Me

by Naomi House, MLIS Why SLA is a ‘Must’ Membership for Me SLA or Special Libraries Association is an organization I really believe in.  I like to call it the “Specialized” Libraries Association, because that is what it truly is; it is an organization for LIS professionals in any field who specialize in something.  Divisions…

Free Advice (Literally) for New Librarians

by Naomi House, MLIS Free Advice (Literally) for New Librarians INALJ along with many other jobs blogs out there, is full of great advice for new and transitioning professionals. Go to conferences! Tailor your resumés and cover letters each time! Take professional development classes!  Network!  Join associations!  Actively participate IN associations!  Volunteer!  Take on an…

Attitude Will Get You Hired (or Fired)

by Naomi House, MLIS Attitude Will Get You Hired (or Fired) I have two basic rules for all my volunteers: 1) do the work assigned and be honest about it and 2) be constructive, have a good attitude and treat each other with respect The first is pretty easy to understand and follow, and we…

A Job App a Day and Other Job Hunting Strategies

by Naomi House, MLIS A Job App a Day and Other Job Hunting Strategies One of my pet peeves about job hunting advice articles is that many of them seem to equate their advice with guaranteed success, when actually there is no one bit of advice out there that works for every person in every…

The “In” Crowd: Librarian Jobs Beyond the Library

by Naomi House, MLIS The “In” Crowd: Librarian Jobs Beyond the Library As a long time member of SLA and someone who got their start in a specialized library I have been aware my entire library career that ‘librarian’ was just one title LIS grads can have.  One thing I want to emphasize is that…

Letting Go of “Librarian”

by Naomi House, MLIS Letting Go of “Librarian” I love discussing INALJ’s scope and strategy for finding jobs with anyone and everyone I meet.  Often those who are familiar with our INALJ Jobs pages are curious as to why we post more than just the traditional librarian jobs.  Either they are unfamiliar with some of…

7 (Must-Have) Tools for Your Job Hunting Kit

by Naomi House, MLIS 7 (Must-Have) Tools for Your Job Hunting Kit Most of us already use tools in our job hunt but what we may not be doing is using them together.  Tools are different from characteristics and attitudes because they are things that you use- not aspects of who you are.  Especially where…

We Built a Community (on the rocky sea)

by Naomi House, MLIS We Built a Community (on the rocky sea) Community building can happen at unexpected times and in unexpected ways. I was a breakout speaker at OCLC EMEA‘s regional conference in Cape Town, South Africa on February 24.  I was speaking in a session called “We Built a Community” and the day…

They say its your birthday…

It is my birthday and my wedding anniversary so I haven’t been on too much- never fear- post Thanksgiving I have tons planned and the volunteers are still hard at work. Here is a photo – me and my husband Sana celebrating from 2011! In 2012 it was Hawaii and in 2013 we are in…

Lessons Learned: DC/SLA & Careers in Federal Libraries

by Naomi House, MLIS Reposted from 11/29/12 and 2/13/13 Lessons Learned: DC SLA & Careers in Federal Libraries event 9/27/12 by Naomi House On September 27 Leadership Directories sponsored the Careers in Federal Libraries DC SLA event held at the National Geographic Society Library. About the Program: Panelists working at the Library of Congress, National…

Matching Needs with Wants

Matching Needs with Wants: or how job hunting makes sense to me by Naomi House, MLIS We all need to work to pay the bills, or at least most of us do.  We do not think to apply to every single job out there because we (as info pros) have degrees (MLS, MLIS) and skillsets…

On Keyword Searching in Your Job Hunt

I spoke a little while back at an SLA MD Job Searching event and one of the questions I received inspired me to make a list of Keywords For Job Hunting which can be found on every single page of INALJ.com in the right sidebar. I have included the most recent list below. As library…

INALJ is having a baby (well, I am)

* updated 10/20/13 – Sadly we had a miscarriage.  Thanks for all your support.  Now, to get healthy again!   Hi everyone, Great news- my husband and I are expecting a baby in late April, early May 2014.  This is a bit earlier than I wanted to tell everyone but we are very excited!  Also…

Ask Naomi: How Did You find Your Job?

Ask Naomi: How Did You find Your Job? I am often asked how I found my job. I work for a government contractor as a reference and acquisitions librarian at a federal library. What many people don’t realize is I got that job while I was only half way done with my MLIS. That kismet…

Who has found a job so far?

Who has found a job so far? Back in November of 2011, when INALJ the jobs resource was a year old but INALJ.com was less than a month old, I wrote an article about how many people had found jobs.  My how far we have come.  I have updated it below and hope it gives…

On SLA, Both Near and Far

by Naomi House On SLA, Both Near and Far I am missing SLA Annual this year in San Diego.  I am frankly much the worse for it.  I am blessed to have been able to speak and travel so much this year and my time-off requests finally caught up with me.  Next year, I promise…

Leaving Librarianship: some recent blog posts

by Naomi House, MLIS Leaving Librarianship: some recent blog posts This past weekend I read three excellent blog postings by librarians and info pros who have left or are considering leaving the library field.  Money is a huge part of the equation.  Librarians, Masters holders that we are, are grossly under-compensated and often wrestle with…

Naomi House …In Six

A self-directed interview ;) Reposted from 12/29/2011 and 1/27/12 A snapshot of my vision for INALJ from 2011 What is your dream job and why? Naomi: This! I love being able to do reference by day and nights and weekends focusing on INALJ.com, FB, Twitter and LinkedIn. I would love to grow INALJ this next…

So I Didn’t Win the Lotto, This Time

Last night when I insisted my chances of winning the lottery, Powerball to be specific, were pretty good (I had a feeling), my husband reminded me it isn’t safe to build castles in the clouds.  I didn’t win but I still disagree :)  Even without the massive influx of cash (donations can be made anytime,…

So How Do I Get Experience?

Having served on search committees I know one of the key things looked at on resumes is whether or not a candidate has experience (with the ILS, in libraries, etc). I know this can be a big challenge these days as many MLIS/MLS students work full time and take night classes or online classes. Also…

Top 5 LinkedIn Groups for Library Job Seekers

There are many places you can interact online with other library job seekers. What I love about LinkedIn is that overall the discussions tend to lean towards being more professional than they do on Facebook, Twitter and other sites. In no particular order: INALJ- The I need a Library job Group : I founded this…

Naomi House : Library Journal Mover & Shaker Award Winner 2013

Naomi House RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS “MOVER & SHAKER” AWARD FROM LIBRARY JOURNAL MAGAZINE Naomi House founder of INALJ.com has been named a “Mover & Shaker” in the library industry by the national publication, Library Journal. In its March 15, 2013 issue, Library Journal named 50 outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service to meet the needs…

1 Million (1,000,000) page views!!!

1,000,000 So excited to be typing this!  INALJ.com started as a small webspace to host my daily jobs and share success stories in November of 2011.  Just over a year later, on March 17th, 2013, I have hit 1 million page views!!! Here is to sharing more jobs, advice, tips & tricks and getting to…

Need a house? Metro Washington, DC area

It is that time of year again where my husband and I sell our house. It just went up for sale today and you can view the listing here. Six bedrooms and three bathrooms! Walk to metro, MARC, Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville Arts District, Yes! Organic Market, Chipotle, Shagga Ethiopian restaurant and much more. The…

Safe and Sound

We had a bit of a scare on Saturday. Our little Toyota Corolla was sideswiped by a semi truck on 495N on Saturday just before 6pm when we were returning from a daytrip to Fredericksburg, VA. We are so lucky that all we lost was the front bumper of our car, some of the front…

Gone to look for America

We just got back from a whirlwind four day trip from suburban DC (MD) to Chattanooga, Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, back to Memphis, St Louis, Charleston and back home again. 3,000 miles later we are madly addicted to the open road. Perhaps there is some way we can combine trucking and librarianship? We spent this…

Lauren Najdul …In Six

My interview with INALJ success story Lauren Naomi: How did you find your current job? Lauren: I found my current job listed on Naomi’s daily email as well as on the LLAGNY website. Naomi: Favorite library you have been to? Lauren: My favorite library is the Library of Congress. Naomi: Favorite book? Lauren: Favorite books…

New Year, New Habits

This year I shall try and look at and update my LinkedIn profile and resume every single weekend. I shall also try and be active on various LinkedIn groups, add interviews and articles to INALJ.com for the upcoming week and sleep. Come join the discussion about new habits in this new year on INALJ LinkedIn…

Ask Naomi: Why not post all jobs online?

One question I get often is why is the daily digest the format I settled on instead of posting all jobs on Twitter or online? My goal long term is to make an online database but one that is sortable and searchable. One of the key components of INALJ the digest as a service is…

My New Year Wish

2011 has been a magnificent year full of blessings, stress, madness, luck, hard work, mistakes, successes and hope and I wouldn’t change most of it. I am happy that I learned many lessons the hard way. When I began the daily email, right up until late summer, I was doing every aspect of it for…

♦ Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays ♦

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all of you! Whether you are looking for a job, or active on my LinkedIn Group, Facebook page, Twitter feed, or just get the daily email I am thankful to have you along for this journey. Here is to a wonderful new year and jobs for everyone in 2012!…

About INALJ

Welcome to the INALJ (I Need a Library Job) webpage/journal. This is a one stop shop where fans could find all of my pages and email information as well as bios, interviews, book reviews and original articles by my friends, colleagues and fans. Every day I will add more to this website so stop by,…

INALJ is on SLA’s Future Ready 365!

Today on SLA’s Future Ready 365 blog my article from earlier this year I Need a Library Job: Finding and Filling a Need on the Fly was republished! Since it went to press a few months back INALJ has grown in leaps and bounds. Over 3,800 FB fans, over 1,800 Twitter fans, over 600 LinkedIn…

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…