by Sara Dixon, Head Editor, INALJ Kansas


saradixonIt’s that time of year again. Time to reflect on the last twelve months and consider what seemingly small, and yet attainable improvements we can make over the next twelve months. I used to not make New Year’s Resolutions, I think because it was too easy to fail at them. Though I’m pretty sure I just pretended that I was too cool to make New Year’s Resolutions.

But I’m in a much more positive space these days. When I started running a couple years ago, I got some great advice. I’m a bit of an unmotivated runner, which, as you can imagine, makes it fairly difficult to be any sort of runner. The person who gave me this advice probably doesn’t even know how much it resonated with me. She told me,

“It’s ok if you didn’t run today. The best thing you can do for yourself is to try again tomorrow.”

This advice can be applied to almost anything. And it comes in many forms.

“Don’t give up.”

“Try again.”

“You’ll never get there if you don’t at least try.”

“Trying is the first step.”

I encourage you to apply this or something similar in your every day scenarios. I like the idea that this advice encourages me to forgive myself and move on. It helps to keep things positive and not to dwell on negativity or failures. Because it’s very easy to stay aboard the self-loathing train. But you know what? Try to take a step forward in a positive direction. The more you try, the easier it gets.

In this running scenario, I did try again (and again and again and again) and I ended up finishing a half marathon: 13.1 miles! In my job search, I kept trying (after MANY failed attempts) and I got a fantastic job. I’m trying to train my new puppy (who is a ridiculously cute little terror that ate my library book last night), and I will keep this mantra in mind.

What resolutions are you making this year? Share the positivity!


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.