Job of a Lifetime

Erin Dorney is a 25 year old outreach librarian working at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. You can follow her on twitter, read her blog or send her an email to:  libraryscenester[at sign]gmail[dot]com.

Hello fellow young, ever-inspirational, forward-thinking librarians. I am requesting your assistance.

For the past year I have been the editor of the Job of a Lifetime column in College & Research Libraries News. Each column consists of an interview and accompanying podcast with a librarian who has a unique job that they love. So far, I’ve done an interview with Brian Mathews on his position as User Experience Librarian at Georgia Tech and an interview with a trio of Emerging Technologies Librarians at Towson University.

I am looking for more librarians to interview, and that’s where you all come in. I would love to feature some young librarians who truly love their jobs. The only requirements:

*You work in an academic library environment
*You love your job
*There is something unique about your position (how it was created, your responsibilities, etc)

As young librarians, you may not have been in your position for long. I have only been in my first professional library position since I graduated in the spring of ’08. We might be too inexperienced to say whether this is literally our “job of a lifetime” but just because we haven’t been here long doesn’t mean that we can’t love what we do. It’s a great opportunity to share your passion and let people know about the new and unique positions young librarians are contributing to. Please consider contacting me and spreading the news about this opportunity.

If you want to know more about me, feel free to check out my blog where I cover various topics including conferences, ALA, emerging leaders, LIS students, user experience, next-gen librarianship, marketing and outreach. Some of the most popular posts that may be of interest include So, you’re thinking about becoming a librarian?, Library Day in the Life, Ohio & King Library, and 5 Surprises from first year as an MLIS.

I hope to hear from you soon! Keep on making me proud to be a librarian.

– Erin

Interested in submitting something to the Young Librarian Series? Check out the submissions page or send an email at: See you next week!

7 thoughts on “Job of a Lifetime

  1. Pingback: Library Scenester @ the Young Librarian Series « Library Scenester

  2. Great blog! I found it via the Young Librarian Series blog. I’m currently an assistant librarian at a high school and am working towards my MLIS. I look forward to reading your adventures in an academic library (I work at one before the high school gig).

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  3. I’m doing the distance program at UW-Milwaukee. Where I live (NH) the closest school is Simmons and that’s super expensive and I love my job too much to leave for school, so…

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  4. I totally understand… Simmons is expensive, I looked at it too… tuition plus living in Boston just wouldn’t work out. I was also working at the time which is why I chose the distance program at SU. Experience is SO important, so I think you made a good choice not leaving. It makes what you learn more translatable and will give you a leg up when you look for your first post-MLIS position.

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  5. Experience is THE thing. I feel lucky because I’ve been working in a library since I graduated high school in ‘95, but I’ve heard many horror stories about newly graduated MLIS students not being able to find jobs because they have zero experience. And I know it’s sort of beating a dead horse, but 95% of what you learn about libraries you learn by working at a library, not in school.

    It’s one of my biggest issues with school right now; it’s all theory taught by professors who I am fairly certain haven’t worked IN a library within the past fifteen years.

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  6. I agree – the best and most important experience is actually doing work in libraries, not in school. I have heard that complaint before (LIS profs who haven’t worked in libraries in ages)… and I can remember some who definitely fit into that category! I hope you have some good ones to even it out…

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