Naomi House, Appointed to the iSchool at UMD Inaugural MLS Advisory Board

by Naomi House, MLIS

Naomi House, Appointed to the iSchool at UMD Inaugural MLS Advisory Board

Naomi House 2014I am happy to finally be able to announce that I have been asked and have accepted a three year appointment to the iSchool at the University of Maryland’s Inaugural MLS Advisory Board. I am excited to serve the UMD iSchool community and look forward to learning so much from my colleagues. From the press release, “as part of a year-long initiative with the iSchool’s community, the Board’s first task will be to engage in a strategic “Re-envisioning the MLS” discussion”. I am committed to continue to engage with current MLS/MLIS students in many programs and to be an effective listener.

I want to extend my gratitude to the committee for asking me to participate, the iSchool for continuing to be a leading program in our field and beyond, and to the professors, students, LIS professionals, INALJ volunteer staff and more who engage and educate me daily on social media (in particular Twitter), blogs and OA journals. You do more than you ever will know to shape my perspectives and for this I am grateful. I am excited for what the next year will bring.

Board Members 

Tahirah Akbar-Williams
Education and Information Studies Librarian; McKeldin Library, University of Maryland

Brenda Anderson
Elementary Integrated Curriculum Specialist; Montgomery County Public Schools

R. Joseph Anderson
Director, Niels Bohr Library and Archives; American Institute of Physics

Jay Bansbach
Program Specialist, School Libraries; Instructional Technology and School Libraries; Division of Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability; Maryland State Department of Education

Sue Baughman
Deputy Executive Director; Association of Research Libraries

Valerie Gross
President and CEO; Howard County Public Library

Lucy Holman
Director, Langsdale Library; University of Baltimore

Naomi House
Founder; & CMO of T160k

Alan Inouye
Director, Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP); American Library Association

Erica Karmes Jesonis
Manager, Web Services & Graphic Design; Cecil County Public Library

Irene Padilla
Assistant State Superintendent for Library Development and Services; Maryland State Department of Education

Katherine Simpson
Director of Strategy and Communication; American University Library

Lissa Snyders
MLS Candidate; University of Maryland iSchool

Pat Steele
Dean of Libraries; University of Maryland

Maureen Sullivan
Immediate Past President, American Library Association; Maureen Sullivan Associates

Joe Thompson
Senior Administrator, Public Services; Harford County Public Library

Paul Wester
Chief Records Officer for the Federal Government; National Archives and Records Administration

For further information please read the iSchool’s press release here.

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. 


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