Kaitlyn Lyons …Success Story

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My interview with INALJ success story, Kaitlyn

Naomi: How did you find your current job?
Kaitlyn: I found my current job posted on INALJ, but a co-worker also mentioned it to me. The first time I looked at it I thought there was no way I’d be qualified for it, but as I read it again I realized I really was. It’s a brand-new position so it will be a learning experience for me and my new colleagues.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Kaitlyn: I feel like I haven’t been to nearly enough! I love the Gettysburg College library because it’s comfortable, but I also really liked the Heinz History Center Library & Archives in Pittsburgh. It’s like being inside a ship! So beautiful.

Naomi: Favorite book?
Kaitlyn: I’ve always been a huge Wizard of Oz fan–it’s nice to escape sometimes 🙂

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Kaitlyn: It’s always changing and there’s always a mystery. That’s what I love about the library. It’s not static at all!

Naomi: Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Kaitlyn: I love the Awful Library Books because it’s a good laugh.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Kaitlyn: Promote yourself! And don’t be scared to be outside the box. I started my cover letters with a relevant personal story instead of the same old same old “I’m writing to be considered for XYZ position…”. It’s really best to be yourself so you’re comfortable and confident.

Kaitlyn was inspired to become a librarian while working as a student worker at the circulation desk of Musselman Library, Gettysburg College. After graduating from Gettysburg College in 2010 she enrolled in the iSchool at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently works in User Services at Musselman Library, but soon will begin a new job as Resource Sharing/EZBorrow Support Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania and PALCI. In her free time Kaitlyn enjoys making jewelry, the great outdoors, playing with dogs, and of course, reading books. Find her on Etsy!

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.