London & Paris: 3 Libraries I Plan on Visiting This Holiday Season

by Gabrielle Spiers, Head Editor, INALJ Montana

London & Paris: 3 Libraries I Plan on Visiting This Holiday Season

gabrielle-spiersMy parents live near Paris, France and my brother lives in London which means that I usually get to spend Christmas and New Year in one of those cities. This year I get to spend time in both and I thought I would take some time to visit or actually revisit three libraries.

  • The Biblioteque Nationale de France which has several locations in Paris. When I was in graduate school I actually did get to go and do research at the François-Mitterrand Library. There are a couple of interesting looking exhibits going on there and I would like to get over there again.



  • Finally in early January I am helping to run a program for children at The American Library in Paris where my Mom is a volunteer and since I am a librarian I get to run the program. I am super-excited but a little concerned because children’s programming isn’t something that I do in my every day life.  This is also the library I grew up visiting so I am excited to go back as a grown up and give something back.



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.