Lessa Pelayo-Lozada …Success Story

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My interview with success story Lessa


Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Lessa: I originally saw the job posted on the CALIX listserv and then saw it posted again on the INALJ Daily Digest. The application was interesting because it had to be turned in completely via snail mail. No electronic copies would be accepted. The process was fairly quick, only taking about 2 months from the time I mailed in the application to my verbal job offer.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Lessa: Seattle Public Library was very magical for me. Their Children’s Room is something to envy with all of the cool furniture, computers, and new-looking collection. I was in heaven!

Naomi: Favorite book?
Lessa: Picking just one is hard for me to do, but The Giver by Lois Lowry is probably the most influential book on my life, having read it for the first time in seventh grade and multiple times thereafter. I would also have to cite Sherman Alexie’s collection of poetry, First Indian On the Moon, as one of my favorites and the most influential book on my adult life.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Lessa: I never have two days that are the same and everyday is a new adventure!

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Lessa: My blog, of course, at http://lessalibrarian.wordpress.com. Another of my favorites is author Grace Lin’s blog, Grace Notes and What Happens in Storytime Stays in Storytime by Mollie Kay

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Lessa: Don’t give up and subscribe to as many different job mailers as you can. Sometimes the reminders of the same jobs over and over are good ones so that when you’re feeling frustrated you don’t just ignore any possibilities.

Lessa is a Children’s Librarian who received her MLIS from UCLA in 2009. She started off wanting to be an Elementary School teacher, but after two days of credential classes realized that being a Children’s Librarian is a lot more fun. She has worked for four different library systems including County of Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, and most recently worked part-time as a Young Reader’s Librarian for Palos Verdes Library District and a part-time Teen Librarian for Redondo Beach Public Library. Lessa will be starting her first full-time Librarian job at Glendale Public Library in May 2012. In addition to being a Children’s Librarian, Lessa is active in the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association and acts as their Executive Board Secretary and Committee Chair for the Family Literacy Focus committee which is in charge of the Family Literacy program, Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture.

 

previously entitled Lessa Pelayo-Lozada …In Six and published in 5/7/12

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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