On Keyword Searching in Your Job Hunt

naomihouseI 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 budgets shrink and traditional library positions get slashed I am hopeful that these terms will help librarians, library staff and other information professionals find non-“L” jobs that they might have otherwise missed.


This is a list of terms we use and suggest for searching for jobs in and related to library work.

  • Librarian
  • Library
  • Information Professional
  • Taxonomist
  • Taxonomy
  • Database
  • Database Designer
  • KM
  • Knowledge Management
  • User Interface Designer
  • Community Manager
  • Knowledge Architect
  • Data Management Analyst
  • Information Architect
  • Social Media
  • Social Marketer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Open Source
  • Trainer
  • Teacher
  • Technology Trainer
  • Technology Futurist
  • Database Designer
  • Metadata
  • Knowledge Coordinator
  • Indexing
  • Indexer
  • Digital Content Curator
  • Transactional Law Researcher
  • Content Strategy
  • User Experience Design (UXD)
  • Project Analyst
  • Information Resource Officer
  • Certified Records Manager
  • MARC
  • the name of your ILS
  • Informationist
  • Informatician
  • Data Scientist
  • Big Data
  • Information Policy
  • Information Privacy
  • Information Recovery
  • Data Curator
  • DBA (Database Administration/ Administrator)
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Archivist
  • Archives
  • Program Analyst
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Data Visualization
  • Market Analyst

updated 6/20/13


updated from 2/11/12

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource INALJ.com (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.com. 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.