Erin Dorney

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I’m nothing without my people. Congrats!

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Working in libraries and meeting amazing people seem to go hand in hand. I want to send a big CONGRATS to the following individuals, all of whom have been (knowing or unknowingly) positive, supportive, and inspirational friends. They have all (semi) recently landed post-MLS, professional librarian positions and I know they’ll be doing awesome work for their lucky institutions.

starKaren Cawley
School Media Specialist at Bolivar-Richburg Central School

Karen and I were undergraduates at St. John Fisher College and worked in the campus library together. We also both went through the Syracuse iSchool program (although a few years apart and she went the school media route). I have had the good fortune to spend time with Karen outside the library through a few mutual friends, and I must say, she is a riot. I know that her kindness and creative spirit will serve her well in the school librarian role.

burstJason W. Dean
Cataloger & Technical Services Librarian at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Jason is another Syracuse iSchool grad (2010) and in January of 2011 he started working at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. I could try to tell you more about what he does, exactly, but it would be much more interesting for you to hear it in his own words over at The Dean Files. Meeting Jason and his lovely wife Jen at ALA in DC was one of my highlights of 2010! They definitely class my friends list up a few notches, and are always there with ideas for collaboration, words of wisdom, and priceless gems of sarcasm and wit.

heartLindsey Main
Technology & Public Services Librarian at Champlain College

Lindsey was a student employee when I worked as a staff member at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Wallace Library. We were in the Information Delivery Services (IDS) department and I guarantee it was the most rocking-est department there. We developed a strong friendship and Lindsey went on to earn her MLS from UNC-Chapel Hill this fall. This woman is truly phenomenal, bringing constant smiles to my face with her thoughtfulness through handmade letters, hilarious interweb exchanges, and unending planning for meet ups that inevitably don’t work out (one day we will see each other in real life once again). When I think of Rochester, I think of Lindsey Main. I know that as a librarian, she is going to BRING IT and make many awesome technology things happen at Champlain.

cameraAmy Pajewski
Adjunct Reference & Instruction Librarian at HACC-York

Amy has been a rock for me ever since I moved to Pennsylvania in 2008. As my first undergraduate library intern, she taught me so much about the institutional culture at Millersville University and has given me the courage to initiate change many times. I am amazed by her unending stamina as a mother, writer, photographer, future-resident-of-Montana, scholar (finished her MLS in 2010 and just started her MA in English), librarian, wood-chopper, and friend. I have it on good authority that her unique skill-set is already proving to be visible and valuable in the community college setting.

booksChristina Steffy
Research and Instructional Services Librarian at Dickinson College

Christina interned with me earlier this summer while she was finishing up her MLS from Rutgers University. Not two weeks after she completed her degree, she was offered a position that’s giving her valuable, real-world experience. Highly organized and motivated, Christina has one of the best work ethics I have seen to date. She knows how to assess a situation, fill the need with a solution, and make it all work to her professional advantage. Whichever direction she decides to take after this one-year appointment, I know she will be successful.

I can’t wrap this post up without also saying congrats to Tina Hertel, the new Trexler Library Director at Muhlenberg College. Tina is the enthusiastic force behind much of my involvement with the Pennsylvania Library Association and is certainly someone I aspire to emulate. I’m really looking forward to her continued vision of leadership within PA.

These congrats are well overdue. So pleased to count you all as colleagues!


Written by Erin Dorney

September 23, 2011 at 12:03 PM

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  1. Erin, you are just too dang kind. Thanks very much – this made my day! Also, come visit – I’ll give you and T a tour!!!!

    Jason W. Dean

    September 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM

  2. Get in my pocket, Dorney.

    Jen Dean

    September 23, 2011 at 12:37 PM

  3. I already mentioned my tearfulness at this, but I feel it needs to be mentioned again, hehe. Thank you so much for being an inspiration, mentor, and a very dear friend. You and Tony are always welcome to visit us in Burlington!


    September 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM

  4. This is a great idea for a post Erin!


    September 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM

  5. Thanks Erin–this made my day 🙂 Librarians like you, Karen, Jason, Lindsey, Amy, and Christina are what inspire me to strive to be my best. I am continuously learning from all of you! When you surround yourself with such wonderful people, you, yourself will only become better as a result. Thank you not only for your kind mention here, but also for all you for librarianship.


    September 23, 2011 at 11:26 PM

  6. *all you DO for librarianship.


    September 23, 2011 at 11:28 PM

  7. @ everyone – You deserve it and are awesome and yes I will come visit you all ❤

    Erin Dorney

    September 26, 2011 at 8:43 AM

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