Spirit of Giving: 16 Charities to Consider

by Sarah Deringer, Head Editor, INALJ Mississippi

Spirit of Giving: 16 Charities to Consider

sarah.deringerAre you in the Spirit of giving this holiday season? Or do you not know what you should get your Library and Information friends this Christmas? Consider making a donation to a charity which has a mission of providing information and developing literacy for the community. You can even donate to your local library or Friends of the Library foundation.

If you have no ideas for charities to give to or if you would like more information about the charity before giving, check out this list of 16 charities with information- and literacy-driven mission statements! I have made the list using Charity Navigator; each charity listed has four out of four stars in its overall rating.

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. 


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