Non-Library Jobs & Advice on How to Get One: an introduction to INALJ’s series of interviews

Naomi House, MLIS (photo by Kyle Cassidy)

Naomi House, MLIS
(photo by Kyle Cassidy)

Welcome to INALJ’s 2020 series on non-library jobs for library workers and those with their MLIS.

The purpose of this series is:

1) to introduce LIS workers to job fields they might be qualified for and unaware of
2) give them advice on breaking into those fields

I was inspired to do the series because of the drastic changes to the availability of traditional library jobs during this pandemic. I know many LIS folk who work outside libraries but use their skills as well as many who have lost their jobs or been furloughed. These interviews aim to be an introduction to transferable skillsets as well as resources for those looking for work in those fields. In these ways these interviews may also hold value for HR managers in these non-traditional fields as well.

Since founding INALJ (formerly called I need a Library job) in 2010 I have maintained a list of Keywords for Job Searching on the left sidebar of this site, many of which are job titles. I have always added non-traditional jobs to the daily INALJ jobs lists. It was this list of Keywords that I worked off of when I reached out to potential interviewees. The response was overwhelming and I already have several weeks of interviews lined up to share, and I anticipate even more.

Regarding the jobs covered by these interviews, I am not limiting the scope to one POV per job title, rather in some cases I have multiple interviews with different people who have similar titles but who offer different advice.

Each weekday at 9 AM ET I shared a new LIS interview with someone who has either worked previously in libraries and/or has a degree in library and information science and now works outside libraries. On Fridays I ran a summary article for the week and link to previous weekly summaries. In addition to summarizing the week’s interviews and job titles I added my own tips and job searching resources specific to those fields to the Friday summaries. This is also where I give a sneak peek at the job fields we will be covering for the next week. I will continue to run interviews as long as I have them throughout the summer [2020] along with other series as yet to be determined.

The series starts with 3 separate interviews from one interviewee who has held a series of non-library jobs that built off of one another. My sincere thanks to that interviewee for the above and beyond amount of labor and advice!

This week I will shared interviews from those working in the following fields:

  • Electronic Files Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Product / Data Owner
  • Prospect Development Director and Prospect Researcher
  • Senior Insights Design Coordinator
  • Information Services

I want to sincerely thank every single interviewee, all of whom did this labor uncompensated, for their time and expertise. Like many LIS workers running their own businesses the pandemic has significantly changed my income and for the worse. It is my hope that this series will benefit not only those who are curious about LIS skillsets and non-library jobs, but the many who have been laid off, furloughed or who are graduating into a very changed job market.

If you are interested in being interviewed for this series, and you are working in a non-library position please email me at naomi dot house at inalj dot com. I am open to those with education in the GLAM [Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums] fields as well.

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