New York, the state

by Pam Ameigh, former Head Editor, INALJ New York State

New York, the state

Pam-9072-600pixSeveral weeks has flown by! I’m delighted that Naomi shared the opportunity with me to be a state page editor, and I’m thankful to all the volunteers and visitors helping me improve every day.



New York is a pretty big state, and it’ll take us a little while to find all the best places to keep looking, so stay tuned for more resources! I’m proud to be networking with people from around the varying regions who have local expertise–this will increase our volume, accuracy and efficiency with timely, relevant leads no matter where you want to be.



Living in Upstate and having a background in education, I also know this is a pretty good time of year to be exploring leads for next academic year. While many institutions are experiencing painful cuts, there will still always be a need somewhere (for the expertise of a library person). Our challenge is to find the need and be ready to meet it in creative ways.



Be patient with yourselves, us, and the process…sometimes it takes a while to land that perfect gig, and it may just be packaged in less traditional wrapping. Please also remember that since we’re so big, New York City has its own page with lots of additional opportunities, too! I invite you to share your suggestions and frustrations with me so we can continue to grow through this experience. I’d like to post every couple of weeks on topics of interest, so let me know what you’d most like to read. Thanks, have fun, and good luck!



~Pam A.

Naomi House

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. Its 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. INALJ has had over 21 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 and many other publications in the past decade. She presents whenever she can, including serving 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 has been living and working in Budapest, Hungary and Western New York State. She spent years running her husband’s moving labor website, fixed and sold old houses and assisted her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food. She is preparing to re-enter the workforce and is job hunting. Her husband is now the co-editor of INALJ, a true support!  She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.