Erin Sackett-Hermann …In Six

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My interview with success story Erin
erinsNaomi: How did you find your current job?
Erin: The job posting for my new position was on

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Erin: My favorite library was a small room in the Parasitological Museum in Meguro (Tokyo) Japan. It’s the only museum dedicated to human and animal parasites.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Erin: My favorite book is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Erin: My favorite thing about library technology is that it isn’t particular about which domains it is influenced by. Solutions are solutions.

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Erin: I would definitely follow the DLF twitter feed, lots of excellent opportunities posted and news about upcoming conferences and symposia.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Erin: Don’t be afraid to ask for what you’re worth!

I’ve worked at the Field Museum in Chicago for the past 10 years as a genetics researcher. After a decade of collecting data and seeing the lack of infrastructure for organizing and preserving that data, I decided to pursue an MS in Library and Information Science at UIUC, specializing in Data Curation. GSLIS at UIUC caters to people who come from and want to work in a hugely diverse set of academic domains and the program was an excellent choice for me. I just accepted an offer to work at Integrys/Peoples Gas as an Application Analyst, where I will use many of the technical skills I honed during my graduate studies.

Article reprinted from 5/23/12 and formerly titled, Erin Sackett-Hermann …In Six

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list (formerly I Need a Library Job) and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of, 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.