Happy Ramadan Librarians!

by Naomi House, MLIS

Happy Ramadan Librarians!

AUE 7Happy Ramadan!

Many of you know my husband, Sana, is Muslim and from Pakistan. Usually Pakistan is a day behind the US for starting Ramadan, but only the moon shall tell. 🙂  I have observed Ramadan 3 times, only once successfully, and certainly not in the heat of summer.  So sending safe vibes to all observant Muslims this month!

This isn’t really meant to be an instructional or deep post on the observance, just a friendly, hey there, thinking of all y’all and wishing you well.  The years I did it were very humbling.  We fasted from food AND water and other pleasures from sun up to sun down.  We were reminded through this of those globally who do without access to clean water and nutritious food and how blessed and lucky we are.  Each year it moves back 10 days so that in one lifetime you experience and practice this observation all times of the year.

Last year we were blistering away part of the Holy Month of Ramadan in the Las Vegas heat at ALA, and this year I will be here in the sweltering heat of New Orleans.  Don’t tell me air conditioning makes it better, it dries you out even more.  Nothing but the pure mountain air will do.  Must plan better next year. 😉


photo is from our 2013 visit to the UAE and my presentation at the American University of the Emirates, and UAE’s very first MLIS program! 

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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