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The Linebacker Librarian

My Husband: The Linebacker Librarian by Jaclyn Butz Jesse Butz is 6’2, 365 pounds and looks like a football linebacker. Once, forever ago, he DID play football, but that was many years and a broken back ago…now he’s a librarian. When people walk up to the reference desk at the public library where he works,…

Addressing Diversity in the Job Search Process

Addressing Diversity in the Job Search Process by Oscar Giurcovich, Senior Editor As an LIS job seeker, I come across something along the lines of the following quite frequently when looking at the requirements of a position: interest or ability to work in a multicultural environment. What does this mean? What are they looking for?…

On celebrating all victories in the job hunt

On celebrating all victories in the job hunt by Mary-Michelle Moore, Senior Editor One of the greatest things about volunteering as a senior editor for INALJ is the opportunity to see and work with people who have found jobs/internships/volunteer opportunities using our site.   My favorite INALJ articles to read and to write are the success…

Hello! My name is Heidi Greathouse and…I’m a cataloger!

Hello! My name is Heidi Greathouse and…I’m a cataloger! by Heidi Greathouse, Senior Assistant, INALJ New Mexico   You may be thinking, “cataloging is a dying field!…or “there are still catalogers?”  My reply “Yes, there are catalogers and they are more essential than ever!”  I am not going to tell you why cataloging is important…

3 Writing Resources for LIS Job Seekers and MLIS Applicants

Writing Resources for LIS Job Seekers and MLIS Applicants by Oscar Giurcovich, Senior Editor   Error-free resumes and cover letters are paramount in the job hunt. I think this is more important than ever in our everyday world of texting and social media where acronyms and shorthand rule. Unfortunately, the spelling and grammar checkers in…

References Available Upon Request

References Available Upon Request by Deeba Rehman, Senior Assistant INALJ Mississippi Have you seen that line at the end of a resume “References available upon request”? There are a lot of negative implications with that line – you are trying to fill up space to make up for lack of experience, you didn’t take time…

Ask a Special Librarian

Ask a Special Librarian Tracy Z. Maleeff Library Resources Manager at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia @LibrarySherpa & LibrarySherpa.com Greetings, INALJers! This is the first installment of my new “Ask a Special Librarian” column for the INALJ.com site. I’ve gathered that there are many myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings about special librarianship through my interactions during…

Why I Love INALJ

By Angie Solis, Senior Editor Why I Love INALJ One year ago I began volunteering for an amazing organization – INALJ.  My time at INALJ has been not only a fulfilling one, but an educational one.  I never thought that I would volunteer for an organization that would allow me to help other professionals in…

5 ways to de-stress during a long job search

By Brad McNally, Senior Editor 5 ways to de-stress during a long job search Searching for a job takes a huge amount of effort. When the job search is unexpected, or goes longer than you originally thought it would, you can definitely begin feeling the stress. Some people even feel like finding a new job…

Optimizing Your Time: 8 Articles to Help

By Valarie Swayze, Senior Editor “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.” -Stephen Covey Optimizing Your Time: 8…

Fun for all that librarians call their favorite time of year!

By Kate Kosturski, MLSIS, Canada and International INALJ Volunteer Coordinator Fun for all that librarians call their favorite time of year!   (Now you have the song from A Charlie Brown Christmas stuck in your head.   Sorry about that.  Okay, maybe not ) Much like the Golden Globes kick off the film awards season, January…

My INALJ U.K. Success Story

by Suzanne Schultz Pick, Senior Assistant, INALJ UK My INALJ U.K. Success Story I went on holiday to Florida at the end of September, as we usually do, so I wasn’t checking up on job posts for a good two weeks. I arrived back in England on the morning of the 7th October, and went straight back to…

Sierra L. Campbell… Chicago History Museum & Success Story

by Mary-Michelle Moore, Senior Editor, INALJ California, DC, and Illinois Sierra L. Campbell… Chicago History Museum & Success Story Mary-Michelle: How did you find your current job? Sierra: I found my current job by being in the right place at the right time, otherwise known as luck. No, that’s really what happened. I inquired at the Chicago…

Cairie R…. Lambda Archives & INALJ Success Story

by Mary-Michelle Moore, Head Editor, INALJ California Cairie R…. Lambda Archives & INALJ Success Story Mary-Michelle: How did you find your current job? Cairie: On the INALJ California page. My most current position at Lambda Archives was from looking at the INALJ page. Mary-Michelle: What is your favorite book? Cairie: Of all time?! That’s impossible. I can…

Erica Findley of EveryLibrary

Naomi House, MLIS’s interview with Every Library’s Erica. EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. We will provide tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining monies to local…

Cross-Country Job Searching : An Interview with Derrick Jefferson

by Caitlin Moen, Head Editor, INALJ Louisiana Cross-Country Job Searching : An Interview with Derrick Jefferson Current Position: Communications Librarian at American University, Washington, D.C. Twitter Handle: @geekandahalf Caitlin:  When you began job-hunting, what criteria did you have? Parts of the country, types of positions, etc. Derrick:  Ideally I wanted to find a job where…

Winona Patterson …Success Story

All Jobs for INALJ can be found here: http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Updated daily Naomi House’s interview with success story Winona. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Winona:  The RAILS Library System has a great job board that is also an INALJ source, so I saw the job both places! Naomi:  Favorite library you have been…

Rachael Altman …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Rachael. Naomi: How did you find your current job? Rachael: I currently work at Rockford University as the Reference & Instructional Librarian. I originally found position posted on ALA JobList, and it was also posted on INALJ Illinois. I was hesitant to apply because it asked for 3-5 years…

Kaitlyn Lyons …Success Story

My interview with INALJ success story, Kaitlyn Naomi: How did you find your current job? Kaitlyn: I found my current job posted on INALJ, but a co-worker also mentioned it to me. The first time I looked at it I thought there was no way I’d be qualified for it, but as I read it…

Sharing Success and Advice

One of the reasons you most likely found INALJ.com was that you are a job hunter or you want to see what else is out there.  It can be very isolating job hunting online, by yourself.  Maybe you are unhappily employed and can’t tell anyone you are on the hunt.  Maybe you don’t have a…

Matt Thorenz …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Matt. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Matt:  I contacted my local library to see if there was a need for help. It turned out they were looking for a temporary substitute clerk with archives experience and I was hired after my interview. When the person I…

Catherine Wagner …Success Story

My interview with success story Catherine – this interview is from last year and Cathy has since found another position at a higher level- congrats Cathy! Naomi: How did you find your current job? Catherine: I found my current job on the INALJ daily .pdf. I didn’t hear anything from them for about two months…

Casey Lansinger …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Casey. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Casey:  I found my current job by religiously checking INALJ, LibGig, various library websites, etc. I was always told it’s who you know when it comes to getting a library job, and I’m certainly not here to dispel that, but…

Adrienne Chamberlin …Success Story

. . Naomi House’s interview with success story Adrienne. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Adrienne:  It was timing, really. Last fall, I had a freelance writing job going, was tutoring student essays online, and working in retail at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The founder and director of NHC came…

David del Norte …Success Story

My interview with success story David Naomi: How did you find your current job? David: Through volunteer work at the library, I had made myself known as a dedicated librarian impartial to disengaged staff, patrons, or scholars. After two applications for different positions, about 40-50 hours of volunteer work for the Special Collections and the…

Jarrett Farmer …Success Story

My interview with success story Jarrett Naomi: How did you find your current job? Jarrett: I have worked for Baltimore County Public Library since I was 17. I started as a circulation assistant at the branch closest to my high school, and stayed there until I graduated college, working my way up through the circulation…

Karen Hiebert …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Karen. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Karen:  In the last semester of my MLIS program, I applied for an internship locally. While there, I applied through the Broward County careers website through the advice of my supervisor while on my internship at Tamarac Library. After my…

JJ Pionke …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story JJ. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? JJ:  My job was posted on INALJ as well as alajoblist.  Admittedly, I saw it on the alajoblist first. Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to? JJ:  I adore the British Library but keep in mind that I spent a…

Mary-Alexandra Smith …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Mary-Alexandra. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Mary-Alexandra:  I actually found my current position as librarian for Touro University Worldwide through networking. A professional contact and good friend shared the job posting and I applied. Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to? Mary-Alexandra:  There are so many…

Karen Klein …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Karen. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Karen:  A classmate from GSLIS e-mailed me. She wasn’t sure if I was still looking for work or not, but she reached out to me. I’m definitely grateful she did. It taught me the importance of keeping my LinkedIn up…

Meredith McGowan …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with Meredith McGowan, success story and librarian! Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Meredith:  I contacted a grad school friend of mine who worked in the contracting services business.  She was able to connect me with a wonderful recruiter who has consistently kept me employed for the last year.  …

Jeremy Withnell …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Jeremy. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Jeremy:  My current job that I just started (Library technician with the rare books and manuscripts section of the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine) is in the same institution as my previous position.  It was…

Melody Townley …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Melody. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Melody:  I found my job listing through the INALJ New Jersey page. I was interested in working in school libraries, so I checked that site daily and was able to find many possibilities. I applied to about 15 districts, totaling…

Fallon Bleich …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story and INALJ Arkansas Head Editor,  Fallon. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Fallon:  I actually just happened to use my networking and bragging on myself skills to get it. I was working in a different department and when I heard that another GIS tech was leaving, I…

Mallorie Colvin …Success Story

This was the very first Success Story interview at INALJ.com published on 12/9/11.  I updated the title from Mallorie Colvin…In Six.  Enjoy!  And find all jobs at http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Naomi: How did you find your current job? Mallorie: I found it on the INALJ daily email! I didn’t have a specific state or area in mind,…