Gone to look for America

We just got back from a whirlwind four day trip from suburban DC (MD) to Chattanooga, Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, back to Memphis, St Louis, Charleston and back home again. 3,000 miles later we are madly addicted to the open road. Perhaps there is some way we can combine trucking and librarianship?

We spent this evening uploading photos on Facebook and discussing whether we could convince anyone to pay us to travel the country. He’d be my driver and I would go to libraries and meet people. After disussing at length we have our salary expectations already ironed out and ready for anyone interested in employing us as paid wanderers, lol 🙂 ineedalibraryjob at gmail.com

If it hadn’t been over a long weekend I would have loved to stop and meet more librarians. I am forever grateful to the librarian at Tennessee Temple and the docents at the Clinton Library for all their time. Far too many photos can be viewed here on Facebook. I will mostly likely add more to this story later so check back for details!

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 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. 


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