Are You LIS Job Hunting or Just Interested in the Field? 3 Interview Series on INALJ

by Naomi House, MLIS

Are You LIS Job Hunting or Just Interested in the Field?
3 Interview Series on INALJ (Non-Library Jobs for Library Workers / Librarians Abroad / LIS Entrepreneurs)

All 24 INALJ May and June Interviewees head shots in a collage with black backgroundWelcome back to INALJ’s 2020 series of interviews. I took the month of July off after a very busy and incredibly helpful late-May and June interview series and now I am back with more interviews for those in LIS (library and information science) on non-library job options, working abroad as a librarian, and starting your own LIS related business.

For a refresher on the interview series I started this all with check out my introduction article, Non-Library Jobs & Advice on How to Get One and be sure not to miss the weekly summaries with links to the 20+ interviews that have there own job hunting value-adds.

I will be launching the August interviews starting tomorrow with an interview with a librarian who runs a zine business and does presentation work, followed by a librarian working in Spain on Wednesday and an Executive Director and CEO on Thursday. Friday will be another librarian abroad interview with someone who also wrote the book on it, so do look for that if interested in working abroad.

Thank you to each and every single interviewee. These interviews are not compensated but they do take labor and give all of us a tremendous amount of value in their insights. Each interviewee has done this on their own time and I am grateful to them.

If you would like to be interviewed for any of these series or have a recommendation for someone who would be a great fit to be interviewed please email Naomi.House@INALJ.com and let me know which person/category. I am open to anyone who has worked in libraries in any capacity or studied LIS or GLAM related fields. I am particularly interested in interviewing BIPOC, but open to anyone.

All INALJ Library and LIS jobs may be found here. How to Sponsor or Post a Job information here.

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) and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of T160K.org, 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 20.5 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. 

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