Things That Make Me Smile in Public Libraries

by Renee Holden, Head Editor, INALJ Nebraska

Things That Make Me Smile in Public Libraries

77491_539638406062729_675693252_oI have read so many articles and have heard so many stories about the declining budgets and difficult times of public libraries. I have heard from so many people that question the need for public libraries since everything can be found on the Internet. However, amidst all of this doom and gloom in the public library world, I can still find things in the public library that I work in that make me smile.

  • The joy of a child reading their first chapter book without any help.
  • The excited look on a patron’s face when you tell them that their favorite author’s new book is available to check out and take home with them today.
  • Introducing a patron to the super exciting world of graphic novels.
  • Watching a group of children go crazy when they find out that the library loans out video games for free.
  • Helping a patron, who recently lost their job, with their resume and then finding out weeks later that the patron you helped with their resume found a new job.
  • I think that the best example of what make me smile in a public library is when I learned that a exercise DVD that I recommended to a patron helped them lose 30 pounds.

I love being a public librarian and despite everything happening in the library world today; I know I will always be able to find something to make me smile.

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s 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 has had over 20 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk 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 a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and now lives part time in Western NY and Budapest, Hungary. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.