Diigo a great online tool to keep your job search organized!

by Mary-Michelle Moore, Head Editor, INALJ Vermont

Diigo a great online tool to keep your job search organized!

mmoore_headshotJuggling everything needed to get an application packet together for any of the jobs found on INALJ can be a little daunting, even to the most organized among us.  At the beginning of my job search, I was printing out job descriptions and keeping them in a folder with notes and updates written on the margins of the paper.  This paper based system began to fray when one day I went to the library to study and work, only to find I had my laptop but not my folder full of job descriptions!

Since then I’ve had the good luck to find a great online annotating system that allows me to save webpages, complete with notes and can be accessed from any computer.   Diigo (www.diigo.com) is a way to collect, tag, annotate and save anything you find online.  It is free to sign up and easy to use, and it keeps my virtual bookmarking under control.  The free plan lets you bookmark as many pages as you want and save 1,000 highlighted pages a year.

You can install a Diigo bookmark widget (https://www.diigo.com/tools/diigolet) that will allow you to add pages to your Diigo account as you surf the web, without having to go to Diigo to edit any of your information.   The Diigolet can be installed in any browser so if you are not on your normal computer you can still keep track of your job listing from anywhere.

I’ve put together a walk through below so you can see why Diigo is a great way to keep track of interesting jobs.

1.  Install Diigolet bookmark



2.  Go to INALJ


3.  Find job you’re interested in


4.  Click on Diigolet bookmark



5.  Now you can highlight important parts of the listing



6.  Make a note to yourself for later



7. Create a bookmark with tags for easy cross reference


8.  Now you can keep track of as many listings as you want without having to resort to a paper folder!


Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list INALJ.com (formerly I Need a Library Job) and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of T160K.org, 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.