Erin Dorney

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My first day as a librarian.

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Well, I suppose I was technically considered a librarian as soon as I received my MLIS (May 2008), but today marked the first time I was actually employed as one. That’s right, today was my first day as the Outreach Librarian at the Millersville University Ganser Library. I made it through a week of new faculty orientation, a week of cleaning out my office, and a crazy first day. Well, not too crazy. Some random observations:

My Office. My office space is actually a lot larger than I ever imagined. It’s the first time I have had my own office because at RIT I was part of a department with 2-5 people in the vicinity at any given time. I was rarely alone and enjoyed the company of my colleagues and our amazing student workers. It seems a little bit lonesome now that I’m all alone. However, I’ve been keeping my office doors (yes, there are actually three doors to my office area) open and many of my new colleagues have been visiting. I like that! My office is located in the old government documents section, and has been re-purposed for my Outreach activities. I cleaned out a lot of random stuff and extra furniture, and now it looks so empty! I’m working on getting a new desk and some other things to make it into a functional, professional, and creative space. I also have some windows, although small! Sweet!

My Schedule. OMFG, meetings! I kid you not, I have about 8 meetings already scheduled for this week! It’s insane. All good stuff though: I start my training on the reference desk, I’m meeting with the Interim Library Director, the department chairperson, the Library Fest committee, and a few other library faculty members. I am really looking forward to getting settled and started. There is a library welcome get-together tomorrow afternoon where I will be able to meet everyone I have missed during my various tours of the building!

My parents sent me an awesome plant/flower basket for my office, they’re amazing! I was just thinking about how this is the culmination of not only the past two years of graduate school, but a long process of figuring out what I want to do with my life. I didn’t plan on being a librarian until my junior year of college, but ever since that moment, I have been positive that I made the perfect decision. I’m sure that this year will bring lots of learning experiences, both good and bad, as I learn to navigate the somewhat choppy waters of being a “real life” librarian in academia.

So… tell me about your first job!


Written by Erin Dorney

August 26, 2008 at 3:25 AM

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  1. Well, Erin, my first job was weeding flower beds at a flower farm around the corner from Grandma Elizabeth’s house…for 50 cents an hour. I was thrilled. May all your days of both work and play be as good as mine have been.


    August 26, 2008 at 12:57 PM

  2. Congratulations, Erin! I’m glad your new job is fulfilling your expectations. It’s also great to hear that you’re happy with your life choices. I hope I’m as fortunate when it’s my turn!

    Lorraine Porcello

    August 26, 2008 at 1:37 PM

  3. Congrats on the new job! I am also a new librarian and though I’m now starting my third year — the first day is still really fresh in my mind. I guess I have to say, get used to the meetings. They don’t go away! But, try to keep the enthusiasm and the positivity. One of the things I hate is seeing the newest employees in our library lose that due to the glacially slow pace of getting projects completed. Good luck and thanks for the wonderful blog!


    August 26, 2008 at 3:19 PM

  4. Congratulations, Erin, best wishes for a great start to your new job. I see you found the RIT Libraries Facebook page – thanks so much for doing all the advance work on that. I finally got it up and running, with help from several others, most notably the Digital Assets co-op student, Jesse.

    I can’t remember much about my very first day on the job as a librarian. It also depends on when you start counting. I worked part-time (post-degree) for a few months, then started a full-time job. Mostly I remember a lot of meeting new people and struggling to remember everyone’s name and job. In my first full-time job, I was at a branch library, and I had my own (windowless) office, which made me feel a little isolated. It took a while before I really got involved with work, since I started over the summer when there wasn’t much going on.


    August 26, 2008 at 3:44 PM

  5. Erin (my leetle friend),
    I am so happy that you’ve started the Erin Era at Millersville! You are a natural wonder and I think you did make the right choice and joining the staff there was another good decision. You display courage, enthusiasm, commitment and insatiable desire to learn and grow. I know you’ll be a vital addition to the staff and to the entire campus.

    My first full-time job (countless part-time jobs are too boring to list) was as a graphic designer for a very high-end corporate design studio in Rochester. They were a small group of recent RIT grads who each had different talents and abilities. I was the youngest, of course, and it was there that I learned much about deadlines, graphic design, commercial illustration, deadlines, client relations, creative writing, deadlines, studio photography, art direction, deadlines and ..oh yeah…deadlines!

    Best wishes in all you do, Erin. I cherish the memories of our time together and know we will always remain friends.

    Your Number One Fan,

    Robert R. Chandler

    August 26, 2008 at 5:02 PM

  6. Congrats and best wishes on your new (and first!) job as a librarian!

    Peter Bromberg

    August 27, 2008 at 3:13 PM

  7. I have been waiting for this post!

    Congratulations on your success! It must feel good to have that “I made it” feeling, so to speak. Sounds like you’re already off to an exciting (and busy, and meeting-filled) start. It’s not the same in IDS without you, but that just means that we’ll have to pay a visit through one of your three open doors sometime. Good luck, and we miss you!



    August 27, 2008 at 3:38 PM

  8. Congratulations on getting your first librarian gig!

    My first full-time job was actually as an Interlibrary Borrowing Specialist at Cornell’s Mann Library. It wasn’t the most exciting work, but I still consider access to easy ILL to be the best fringe benefit of any job, anywhere.

    Jim DelRosso

    August 27, 2008 at 8:55 PM

  9. So many comments! Thanks to everyone for all of the support. 🙂 Your readership is truly appreciated!


    September 4, 2008 at 12:25 AM

  10. Hi Erin! I don’t think we’ve met, but I’m a librarian at U of R and know Lorraine and Roman. A friend of mine works at Millersville – Mike Gumpper – he’s an economics professor, and a really nice guy. So, that’s one more nice person on the list – I know when I first started, it was nice having connections to folks, even if they were tenuous. 🙂

    Best of luck!

    Eileen Daly

    September 5, 2008 at 8:39 PM

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