Erin Dorney …In Six

My interview with Erin Dorney, Outreach Librarian at Millersville University Library, and blogger at In the Library with the Lead Pipe


Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Erin: I’m still in my first post-library school position, so I have a ton of dream jobs for the future. I’d love to see how long I could last as a library director and I’d also like to try my hand at being a self-employed library consultant. I am also drawn to user experience and marketing positions because of their creative/non-traditional nature. Working with a press or non profit organization would be fun. I’m pretty open to whatever comes next!

Naomi: What blogs should we be reading?
Erin: I have been trying to branch out to some non-librarian blogs these days, on the advice of Steven Bell and Brian Mathews (whose blogs should already be on your radar). I’m pulling library-renovation inspiration from A Beautiful Mess and swissmiss, and career advice from The Cynical Girl. I think Bonnie Powers at bringyournoise has a lot of potential and Mr. & Mrs. of The Dean Files are continuously thought-provoking.

Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Erin: Well, there are a bunch I would love to visit someday. If anyone working at a 2011 AIA/ALA Library Building Award-winner is reading this, send me an invite… I’ll bring the cookies.

Naomi: Favorite book(s)?
Erin: Recently, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, North to the Night: A Spiritual Odyssey in the Arctic by Alvah Simon, and Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. In general, I love women’s memoir/autobiography and travel/nature/frontier books. For library reading, I would recommend Marketing Today’s Academic Library, Revolting Librarians Redux and Studying Students.

Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries?
Erin: Libraries have the capacity for continuous improvement. I love that there are always new initiatives to investigate and opportunities to redefine our roles.

Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Erin: Network and put yourself out there. If you don’t meet someone who can give you a job, at least you’ll find a bunch of friends to invite out for a beer. Also, always ask. You might have some crazy idea or think the possibilities are slim, but the worst someone can do is say no. If you’re lucky, you could walk away with funding, a freelance/consulting job, or an internship opportunity.

Erin Dorney is a 2008 graduate of the Syracuse University iSchool and a 2009 ALA Emerging Leader. She is the newest team member at In the Library with the Lead Pipe and can also be found blogging at Library Scenester and on Twitter @libscenester.

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