Top 25 INALJ Articles of 2014

by Naomi House, MLIS

Top 25 INALJ Articles of 2014

We are very lucky at INALJ to have some amazing bloggers and guest bloggers.  In 2014 these were the most widely read articles/blog posts.  At the very end of this posting you will find the top 125 blog posts for 2014 along with their page views.  Enjoy!  You can find them all on Twitter with the hashtag #INALJtop25of2014


rebeccatischler1) 5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do  by Rebecca Tischler

“Many people still have the stereotypical image of a librarian stuck in their head: an older kind of frumpy woman wearing glasses on a chain, her hair up in a bun, shushing people with one hand while stamping books with the other. Many of my Jr. High classmates predicted that I was going to be a librarian because I liked to read, and, during those years, I was very quiet and wore glasses. I still love to read and always have something to read, but since I’m much more comfortable with myself, I don’t know if people would still say that I look like a librarian. Ironically, I did become a librarian, but for completely different reasons (part of it is the sheer variety involved in the profession).”



NaomiHouse ALA 2014 Vegas2) Why I Quit My Library Job and Why I No Longer Want One  by Naomi House, MLIS

“I have worked in libraries for the last ten years but as of December 2013 I have been working only outside of libraries doing my other job, renovating and selling old houses, and forming a new partnership.  I have mentioned before that in October 2013 I lost my job as the Reference, Acquisitions and Marketing Librarian at a federal library during the government shutdown.  I was not just furloughed; our contract was not renewed.  It came as a surprise and I hold no-one in particular to blame, the furlough made a mess for everyone in our process of renewal.  I was a government contractor and appreciate all the efforts of my company, other librarians in our field advocating for us, as well as the fantastic government employees who resolved everything swiftly and had us all hired back within the month.  Truly everyone went to bat not only for our collection but for our jobs and I have nothing to say but good things for the resolution.  So yes, I lost my job but was rehired within a month.

Whew, right?  Um, yeah, definitely maybe.

I cannot remember many times in my adult life where I did not hold down multiple jobs. “


sarah.deringer3) Respectfully Declining a Job Offer  by Sarah Deringer

“There are times when you cannot accept a job offer. Whether it is because you do not feel like you fit into the culture, the job does not fit into your life goals, or the salary or benefits are not enough, you need to know how to respectfully decline a job offer. You don’t want to burn bridges when you decline; you just want to say, “I’m sorry I can’t accept.” It can be difficult for those, like me, who do not like being put into situations where you could hurt someone’s feelings. So, here are some tips on declining a job offer without stepping on toes, burning bridges, and breaking hearts.”


alexiss4) “Why do you need a master’s degree to be a librarian?” by Alexis Stapp

Crowdsourcing an answer for an irritating question: “Recently, I went to a party attended largely by librarians and/or friends from library school.  Several of us were discussing the minor annoyances of our respective jobs and one friend asked what everyone’s response is when we get that dreaded question: “Why do you need a master’s degree to be a librarian?”  (This often goes hand in hand with that other cringe-worthy exchange, “You’re going to school to be a librarian?  So what do you do?  Learn how to alphabetize?”)  Sadly, all of us stood there, scratching our heads, hemming and hawing.  No one seemed to have a ready answer.  Oh, we all had the sarcastic answers: “Because we made it that way,” “Honestly, you don’t, but it means we can get paid more,” etc. but obviously nothing that really validates our education and our position.”


RebekahKati5) Ten Useful Websites for Techie Librarians  by Rebekah Kati

“As a techie librarian, I am frequently overwhelmed by the number of tech blogs and resources that show up in my feed reader and on the internet.  It is difficult to know which stories and sites are important, and which can be passed by.  I expect that I’m not alone in this feeling, and I’d like to share my favorite library tech sites in no particular order:”



karlys6) Top 10 Job Sites for Librarians & Info Pro’s  by Karly Szczepkowski

“More than just job postings, these are resources, blogs, social media sites and satire that inspire, inform, amuse and distract. In no particular order:”





aimeegraham7) Debunking 10 Librarian Misconceptions  by Aimee Graham

“Whether I have physically been in a library, running errands, talking to family and friends, or during social events I have been presented with a similar series of questions when I inform others that I am a librarian. It’s unfortunate that such a stereotype (you know what I’m talking about) still exists in today’s age, so I am debunking the myths that come with our profession.”



MaryMichelleMoore8) What to write after they’ve turned you down  by Mary-Michelle Moore

“While many sites offer advice on how to write cover letters, the pre-interview follow up letter and the thank you for the interview letter among others, the post-rejection thank you does not get much press. Why? Perhaps because it is the one letter you always hope you won’t have to write. Why should you write a thank you letter to a library that just rejected you? Well, for one, it is polite. Another reason is the library community can be strongly interconnected and you don’t know who may be willing to refer you to connections as a strong candidate for another opening. Lastly, you may want to apply in the future for that library, or to work with that director, and it is best not to burn bridges. Just because you were not their first choice this time does not mean that you are not a desirable candidate or that they will not consider you in the future.”


hollylipschultz9)  18 Tips for Writing a Manual for Work  by Holly Lipschultz

“I’m one of those Hermione-types of people who read manuals. If I need to learn something, my first order of business is to read the manual. Give me a job manual, and I’ll read by tomorrow morning. And if there is no manual or no instructions—I will write one.

So, I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise that I found myself in the situation of creating a full-on Circulation manual for our student workers. We had a lot of old documentation that needed updating, scattered around our staff web. We also had a lot of useful information scattered around both the staff web, the library’s official website, and my work computer left by my predecessors. And a great deal of things were not written down anywhere. Institutional memory can be very powerful…and overwhelming to a new person.”



holly boyer10) Your Unofficial Guide to Socializing at the ALA Annual Conference 2014  by Holly Boyer

“I’m a big proponent of socializing at conferences. Don’t get me wrong, I love attending the sessions and learning new things and seeing what great things librarians around the world are doing. But socializing gives you a chance to know individual people, to network in ways that you just can’t while sitting in a banquet chair in an auditorium. Below I’ve listed a variety of social events, many of which can be found on the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler. Also check out the Networking Uncommons. There is usually something interesting going on, and if not, you can always charge all your devices.

Pick an event and go to it. Most of them are free. Some of them are during the day if you’re not a party person. Go forth and find your people.”


SarahRoarkSchottINALJ11) Gift Ideas for the Librarian in Your Life  by Sarah Roark Schott

“With the holidays right around the corner, I am sure many of you have started thinking about what to get that special Information Professional in your life. While searching for neat library/archive/book related gifts I came across a few similar posts, and I suggest you check those out for even more ideas! A couple of my favorites include …”



rebeccavogler12) The Skinny on Cruise Ship Librarianship  by Rebecca Vogler Splain

“If you’ve been around since the beginning of last year, you may remember a couple of Success Stories that were written about newly minted MLIS graduates going to work as a cruise ship librarian.  One was written about me.  That article, plus a couple of comments on LinkedIn, brought me in contact with far more people who were interested in cruise ship librarianship than I ever imagined.  For many, it’s a dream job!  So many romanticize the position (and, yes, it does have its perks), but I also wanted to give a truthful account of what work on a cruise ship really is like.  Here are the 10 things you didn’t know about being a cruise ship librarian.”


INALJ black13)  So I had another miscarriage  by Naomi House, MLIS

Trigger warning : “You may be wondering why I am sharing this very personal information on my LIS and libraries job hunting website. Job hunting, volunteer work, everything I am working on and put time and energy into are affected by my health. I have taken strength from the many LIS people I follow on Twitter and am friends with on Facebook who share their own personal health struggles. I find silence and keeping this to myself to be harmful to my health. When I announced my first pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage last October on INALJ and Facebook I learned more from others who I knew but had not realized had been through miscarriages too than any book or database could teach me. Their stories gave me comfort and let me know more about the range of experiences. This time I most likely will not have to go to the emergency room (I’ve had 3 miscarriages in 13 months and 3 ER visits which are very expensive). I can do this taking medicine in the privacy of my home. I have the bestest doctors here in New Orleans, truly, but Louisiana is one of the uncooperative states with the ACA so my premiums and coverage stink. But boy are the doctors here super 🙂 You never read about the pain, migraines, weeks of bleeding. The way your body just fights you and is unrecognizable.”


Kahn_Natalie14) Why I Turned Down my First Professional Library Job Offer  by Natalie Kahn

“They offered me the job. I haven’t even received my MLIS in the mail yet, but a small college has offered me the HEAD Librarian position. They offer a little more money, fine benefits, and the seemingly limitless opportunity to explore every and any aspect of librarianship my newly-graduated heart desires: creating information literacy classes, cataloging, collection development policy drafting, and perhaps even starting a volunteer program to give student patrons real work experience.

I’ll tell you why I didn’t accept their offer.

When I hung up the phone, I wanted badly to take the position for all of the reasons listed above, but I needed to consider a couple things first. Well, really I had to consider a million things, but it boiled down to two things: risk and regret.”


kiersten bryant15)  10 Inspiring Pinterest Collections Created by Libraries and Librarians  by Kiersten Bryant

“Something that I have realized while job searching is that there are a lot of interesting places that information professionals can use their skills – places that I had never heard of or knew existed. I have discovered many of these places on Pinterest. Pinterest can be used as a resource for discovering and researching places to work and to get a feel for the culture of the workplace in a particular institution or department. Just search for “library” under “Pinners” on Pinterest and you’ll be amazed at how many libraries, museums, and publishers come up.

I have compiled a list of 10 library-related Pinterest collections that I find especially inspiring and noteworthy. This list reflects my own interests (both personal and professional), and is a list of places that I think would be awesome to work at!”


raymondp116)  Working Abroad As a Librarian: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead   by Raymond Pun, reference and research services librarian in New York University Shanghai

“One of the great things about being a librarian is that you tend to know how to conduct research better than most people out there – this is particularly important if you are researching for opportunities, locations, salaries, benefits, health conditions, etc. Use those skills wisely and efficiently as you are searching or negotiating for your positions.

But what if you don’t know where to begin? There are plenty of sites out there to help you get started, take a look at some of these:”


fallon.bleich17) 4 Sites That Every Librarian Should Know and Show  by Fallon Bleich

“I’m a giant techie and love discovering new sites and sharing them. As a librarian in training, it is even more fun to share the findings with patrons.

Below are some of my favorite, absolutely FREE websites that every librarian should not only learn and love, but should also show their patrons:”



leigh.milligan18) Open Cover Letters by Leigh Milligan

“One of my favorite websites that gives me motivation during my job search is called Open Cover Letters. This website is a collection of anonymous cover letters submitted by hired librarians and archivists. Each cover letter is titled by the position that the anonymous person wrote the cover letter for.  The website even breaks down the letters into categories such as the different types of libraries.  This all is extremely helpful, especially when I am looking for motivation to apply to a specific type of library job, for example, Youth Services.

How do I know these letters are legit? The creator of the website Stephen Flynn looks into each letter he receives and makes sure the librarian was hired at said job by a Google search or by checking an e-mail address. Check the FAQ out more information about the website.”


SarahRoarkSchottINALJ19)   My Experience Leaving the MLS off My Resume  by Sarah Roark Schott

“I decided to start a new resume from scratch, leaving off my MLS and many of the extra accomplishments I have made during the past few years. (These include courses I have developed and professional activities I have participated in.) I shortened the project and job descriptions for each of my library and archive positions, and added retail and serving jobs dating back to 2003. The new resume is a page long, the right length for many hiring managers to get an idea of your experience at a quick glance.

I applied for around 12 or 15 jobs with the new resume in a wide variety of fields – department store retail, coffee shops, office work, and entry level school library media specialist positions. I made sure my archive and library experience translated well to fit the job post descriptions, and used the appropriate language.

A week after my article was posted I got a call from a department store manager who received my online application (sans resume). The manager was interested in my online responses and called to discuss my education and work history. Nervous, I accidentally blurted out that I had received my BA and MA from the University of Arizona. Unfortunately that slip up changed the conversation immediately.”


Clare Sobotka20)  Dealing with Imposter Syndrome and Feeling Like You Belong by Clare Sobotka

As it turns out, these feelings are so common that they are known as imposter syndrome. I came across the term sometime last year, and once I understood what imposter syndrome was about, I felt more confident that some of my feelings of insecurity stemmed from this particular mental phenomenon rather than a real mismatch with my job. I wish someone had told me about imposter syndrome at the beginning of college, so I think there is merit in becoming familiar with the concept sooner rather than later. Perhaps you will recognize it in yourself!

So what is imposter syndrome? Generally speaking, it is the feeling that you aren’t cut out for the position you are in, that you are a fraud and don’t know what you are doing, and that you will be found out. Even though you are competent, you feel as if others will discover that you accidentally arrived in this role and really shouldn’t be performing the job. It can manifest itself in other ways: chalking up your success to luck or discounting your own success (you didn’t really put in that much effort).”


laurenbourdages21)  An open letter to my fellow job hunters for when you get discouraged by Lauren Bourdages

First and foremost know this, if you are actively searching, and you are doing things like volunteering, participating in professional associations, or working part-time or on contract: you are accomplishing something. You’re not sitting around passively, you’re not bemoaning your situation or finding someone or something to blame. Pat yourself on the back for that. It’s important to acknowledge that trying is the first step to succeeding. If you know you’re doing everything in your power to make yourself a top-notch candidate then you’re on the right track.

Remember that success and happiness don’t look the same for everyone and that the definitions can change on a day to day basis. You may not have a full time job yet, but are you truly happy with the things you do every day? Do they make you smile? If so recognise and acknowledge that because happiness and fulfillment are just as important. I know what you’re thinking, what about the paycheque!?”


sandra122)  Scholarships for Everyone! – Funding your MLIS or MLS by Sandra Hoyer

“Everyone knows how pricey a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) or Master of Library Science (MLS) program can be. Here are some excellent sites that feature a variety of  different scholarships and fellowships to help fund your program…

Also make sure to check your state or regional library associations and your respective university or program scholarship pages for more library science-related scholarship opportunities.”



rebeccatischler23) The 8 Best Reader’s Advisory Websites by Rebecca Tischler

“As librarians, we’re supposed to be familiar with all of the books so that we can make recommendations, share new books and introduce our patrons to all these new and spectacular stories. The only problem with that is that there is no time to read all of these wonderful books. So we need to find other ways to be able to make recommendations without having read the books we’re recommending. Once of the best ways to do this is to use various book recommendation websites where you can browse through the reviews and thoughts of all those people who have read the books. So to help you out, here’s my list of the 8 best book recommendation websites, whether to help your patrons or yourself to find a new book.”



NaomiHouse ALA 2014 Vegas24) My Best (Worst) Interview by Naomi House, MLIS

“Two years ago today I had an interview for a dream job at one of the most prestigious libraries in the country.  I did not get the job and they made the right choice.  I had a great interview despite a wardrobe malfunction and major issues with my online application.  In the end they hired the internal candidate who not only was better informed about the collection, but also had a much better résumé.  I have had great interviews and ones that did not go well at all, but of all the interviews I have ever been on this was the one I learned from the most.  When I look back at the entire process from applying to prepping to the interview and finally, the choice they made I have some valuable take-aways that could help other job hunters.”



rcmiessler25)  7 Great Sites for Academic Librarians by R.C. Miessler

“Whether you are currently employed by an academic library or are looking for a career in one, keeping up to date on the fun, exciting, and soul-crushing world of higher education is of vital import. It’s pretty easy to get cynical about academia (and if you aren’t, then you probably haven’t been paying attention), but there are a lot of great resources out there for academic librarians to help us keep our sanity. “


We had so many wonderful interviews this year and all can be found on our ARTICLES category.  Looking forward to what 2015 will bring!

Here are the top 125 INALJ blog posts of 2014!

1)       5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do 40,128
2)       Why I Quit My Library Job and Why I No Longer Want One 24,176
3)       Respectfully Declining a Job Offer 5,250
4)         “Why do you need a master’s degree to be a librarian?” 4,542
5)       Ten Useful Websites for Techie Librarians 4,491
6)       Top 10 Job Sites for Librarians & Info Pro’s 4,391
7)       Debunking 10 Librarian Misconceptions 3,707
8)       What to write after they’ve turned you down 3,388
9)         18 Tips for Writing a Manual for Work 3,216
10)      Your Unofficial Guide to Socializing at the ALA Annual Conference 2014 3,167
11)      Gift Ideas for the Librarian in Your Life 3,157
12)      The Skinny on Cruise Ship Librarianship 3,128
13)        So I had another miscarriage 2,478
14)        Why I Turned Down my First Professional Library Job Offer 2,467
15)        10 Inspiring Pinterest Collections Created by Libraries and Librarians 2,414
16)        Working Abroad As a Librarian: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead 2,407
17)        4 Sites That Every Librarian Should Know and Show 2,372
18)        Open Cover Letters 2,182
19)        My Experience Leaving the MLS off My Resume 2,151
20)        Dealing with Imposter Syndrome and Feeling Like You Belong 1,975
21)        An open letter to my fellow job hunters for when you get discouraged 1,893
22)        Scholarships for Everyone! – Funding your MLIS or MLS 1,837
23)         The 8 Best Reader’s Advisory Websites 1,829
24)        My Best (Worst) Interview 1,810
25)          7 Great Sites for Academic Librarians 1,766
26)        5 Ways to Get Library Job Experience (When You Don’t Have a Library Job) 1,721
27)          MLIS + Non-Library Job = A Much Bigger Picture 1,716
28)          Supplemental Questions: Pros & Cons 1,702
29)        So you’re not the prospective employer’s first choice–do you care? 1,689
30)        But I Can’t Move For A Job! 1,674
31)          A Rejection Letter to the Rejection Letter 1,637
32)        The “In” Crowd: Librarian Jobs Beyond the Library 1,606
33)          Good Questions to ask Interviewers 1,566
34)          Free Advice (Literally) for New Librarians 1,562
35)        What I Learned During My Two and a Half Years on the Job Market 1,509
36)        Knowledge Is Power: Awesome Websites for Learning Library Skills 1,489
37)        6 Things You Should Do After Your Library Job Interview 1,480
38)        Which Boolean Search are you? Operator as Mantra 1,434
39)        5 Things I’ve Learned Serving on Search Committees 1,434
40)        For Librarians, Buy Librarians 1,425
41)          It is Never too Early to Job Hunt: Some Resources for New & Returning LIS students 1,423
42)        Ten Conference Tips for a First Timer 1,416
43)        How Many Jobs Should You Apply For? 1,396
44)        Four Things I Wish I Had Done in Library School 1,395
45)        How Volunteering May Actually Be Hurting Your Job Hunt 1,363
46)        3 Ways to Get Library Experience without a Library Job 1,360
47)        Soft Skills = Success: Demonstrating Soft Skills in your Job Application – DOs and DON’Ts 1,346
48)        How to Ace the Academic Library Database Presentation 1,311
49)        Not Bossy—the Boss! 10 Tips for Building Librarian Leadership Skills 1,278
50)        4 Steps to Impress in Your Cover Letters 1,253
51)        So What CAN a Librarian Do Outside the Library? 1,251
52)        So You Have Blue Hair 1,244
53)        Working at a Public Library Reference Desk 1,229
54)    I am not a librarian (and neither are you) 1,207
55)      How to Break Out of the Library Field & Feel Good About It 1,205
56)      Darn those Tough Interview Questions! 1,192
57)      Forty Resume Tweaks to Get You an Interview 1,191
58)        Cross-Country Job Searching : An Interview with Derrick Jefferson 1,171
59)        Second Time Around: Staying Positive during My Job Search, or I’m a Recovering Debbie Downer 1,157
60)      Library hiring from the other side of the table 1,152
61)        4 Reference tools that save my life (on a daily basis) 1,139
62)          “My life fell apart… and then I had to go back to work” 1,130
63)        Translating Non-Library Skills to a Library-Directed Résumé 1,105
64)        Things You Should Never Say to a Job Hunter (and What to Say Instead) 1,098
65)        14 Twitter Feeds for Job Seekers to Follow 1,098
66)        Making Library School’s Dirty Little Secret Work for You 1,097
67)        Letting Go of “Librarian” 1,097
68)        Test Your Library Trivia Knowledge 1,092
69)          On Being a Secret Librarian 1,069
70)        7 (Must-Have) Tools for Your Job Hunting Kit 1,017
71)        For Those Who Cannot Relocate 1,013
72)        How I Recovered From Being Fired 999
73)        I Found my Dream Job but I’m Not Qualified 997
74)        Tips for the start of the job search—what I wish I had really understood before I began 995
75)        Tips for Writing Amazing Cover Letters 990
76)        Avoiding Cinderella Syndrome: Why Every Job Doesn’t Have to be a ‘Perfect’ Fit 969
77)      3 Ways that your Job Interview can go seriously awry, and how to avoid them 956
78)      So I’ve graduated library school… Now what? 952
79)      DAM: A Career Opportunity for LIS Pros 947
80)      6 Tips to Beef Up Your Resumé 938
81)      Volunteering is good karma: the many successes of INALJ volunteers 905
82)      Librarians & Libraries in Comic Books 903
83)      The Condition in Which You Leave Your Library Position 902
84)        Know the Difference: Identifying Obstacles to Employment 902
85)        Why Didn’t I Get the Job and What Should I Do Next? 897
86)      Top 10 Tips for Reluctant Networkers 852
87)        Attitude Will Get You Hired (or Fired) 852
88)      So Long INALJ and Thanks for All the Fish! 849
89)      Acing the job interview: Pre-Interview Prep 849
90)      So, you think you might want an MLIS? 844
91)      Librarians, Technological Literacy, and Those Who Get Left Behind 812
92)      Essential Research Mobile Apps for Librarians 807
93)      Inspire Collaboration: A Quick and Easy Guide for Super Busy School Librarians 802
94)      So You Want to Do A Poster Session? 802
95)      I Can Start Working on That Day But, I’ll Need a Week Off for my Wedding 795
96)      How You’re Screwing Up Your Job Search 785
97)      How to Avoid HR’s Wall of Shame. Job Application Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs 781
98)      Applying for Jobs Outside of the US: A Few Places to Start and Some things to Consider 780
99)    A Job App a Day and Other Job Hunting Strategies 775
100)                          How Many Librarians Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb? 774
101)                        Addressing an Elephant: Active Shooter in the Library 767
102)                        Low-Cost Emerging Tech Tools for Librarians 759
103)                        Using LinkedIn to Jumpstart Your Job Search 752
104)                        If You Want A Library Job, Look Outside the Library! 749
105)                        Informational Interviewing strategies for the Introverted and/or Socially Anxious 746
106)                          Response to Rejection: A Networking Opportunity 743
107)                          Don’t Quit Your Day Job 735
108)                        Crafting your LinkedIn Summary 733
109)                          Thank You Notes = Ace in Hand 732
110)                          10 Minutes before the Interview 717
111)                        Networking Tips for the Reluctant Networker 713
112)                        Wardrobe Preparation: the interview 712
113)                        Acing the job interview – Personal and Professional Interview prep 712
114)                        What to Include in Your Online Portfolio 712
115)                        Not a Dying Career Field 701
116)                        Learn a New Language For Your Library Career! 693
117)                          3 Off-the-Beaten-Paths to Librarianship 691
118)                        Interviewing for the Job You Already Have 690
119)                          What to Expect When You’re Interviewing: The Fabulous Five 689
120)                        Do’s and Don’ts for your first ALA Annual conference 687
121)                        Exploring Alternative Library Careers via Linkedin Groups 686
122)                        Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals 686
123)                        7 Tips About the All-Important Thank You 674
124)                        Conflict in the Job Interview: How to Approach the Tricky Questions 672
125)                        Ego Tripping at the Gates of the Library Job Hunt 671

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.