Erin Dorney

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On March 12th (2 PM EST) I’ll be co-presenting “Stealth Librarianship: Creating Meaningful Connections Through User Experience, Outreach, and Liaising” with Kiyomi Deards and Bohyun Kim. We’ll be talking about relationship-building and how user experience research, outreach, and stealth librarianship can be used to create meaningful connections within the campus community. The class size is limited to 60 participants, so register now! And let us know if there is anything specific you’d like to see us cover.


I’ll be in Indianapolis from April 10-13 for the ACRL 2013 Conference. It’s my first ACRL and my first trip to Indiana. On the 11th I’ll be presenting on a panel with some my fellow Lead Pipe editors:

From the Periphery into the Mainstream: Library DIY culture(s) and the academy – In October 2008, In the Library with the Lead Pipe published its first article. Additionally, numerous groups have been hosting unconferences, infiltrating SXSW, and more. The culmination of do-it-yourself (DIY) activities points to a growing DIY culture that is permeating academic libraries. Find out from some of these DIYers what DIY library culture has inspired in academe, and how these innovative enterprises tie into our scholarship, instruction, and advocacy.


I was invited to present a session for academic librarians at the Pennsylvania Library Association Lehigh Valley Chapter Spring Workshop on May 23rd at Muhlenberg College. I’m trying something a little different (modeled on a session I saw Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches do in November 2011) and will be bringing in some students to discuss the library:

A Crevice or a Chasm? Investigating the Disparities Between Experience and Expectation – How wide is the gap between what students expect from the library and what they experience? Hear from four current college students about why, when, and how they use (or don’t use) the library. Audience members will have the opportunity to pose their own questions to the panel following this facilitated conversation.


My first conference abroad! A joint proposal I submitted with two colleagues was accepted for presentation at the 5th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries being held in Rome June 4-7 at “La Sapienza” University. Does anyone have international travel tips for me? I’ve never been outside the US, so this is big & awesome news!

One Website to Rule Them All: Meeting the Needs of Students, Faculty, and Librarians – Most academic library websites have three main audiences: students, faculty, and librarians. While there are additional audiences (including non-users, community members, staff, and parents), these three groups spend the most amount of time on our sites. Libraries risk losing credibility and customers if these three main audiences do not have a good experience on the site. While each of these groups has a different set of needs and expectations, many academic libraries do not have the freedom, time, or skill set to develop a distinctive website for each user group. Our challenge, therefore, is to create a single website that meets the needs of each of our individual user groups without sacrificing continuity of design, quality of information, or consistency of navigation for one group over another. This presentation will highlight the opportunities and challenges of building an academic library website for students, faculty, and librarians. Each speaker will address one audience and will highlight various qualitative measurements which attendees can recreate at their home institutions in order to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of their websites to make targeted improvements.

How is your spring looking? Anything you’re looking forward to? If you’ll be at any of these events, make sure to say hello!

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Written by Erin Dorney

January 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM

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  1. Have you considered buying carbon offsets for your travels? I wonder if librarians could be leaders in environmentally responsible conference attendance. And could a person include the cost of carbon offsets in their expense reports.


    January 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

  2. Congratulations, Erin! The professor for my Simmons GSLIS course on Evaluating Information Services mentioned the conference in Rome during our very first meeting yesterday. Sounds amazing. I’ve never been to Italy, but I’ve always heard that it’s vitally important to eat gelato every single day…

    Brita Zitin (@britazitin)

    January 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM

  3. Great stuff coming up, Erin. You continue to do amazing stuff! As for travel tips: I like Lonely Planet for tips and ideas. Take a little extra time while you’re there and enjoy! You can find plenty to enjoy by just staying in Rome or you’ve got lots close by as well. Don’t try to do everything and don’t only focus on the big tourist areas, although I doubt you would. Check your phone’s data plan in advance. If you don’t have international coverage, you may be able to get monthly access. Additionally, wireless access can generally be purchased in many places. Have fun and blog about it 🙂

    Tina Hertel

    January 15, 2013 at 2:29 PM

  4. @ YSA – I actually had not considered that, but it’s a great idea. I feel like I’d need to do some research on carbon offsets in order to be able to do it responsibly (good thing I’m an info pro, eh?). Whether or not that could be included in an expense report for work is an excellent question… I could try it and see what happens at least! There is usually a category for other on the forms?

    @ Brita – Thanks! Yes, I’ve heard the same thing about wine 😉 Should be quite the trip!

    @ Tina – Thank you! And thank you for the help in recruiting students for the Lehigh Valley event… you’re awesome. Great travel tips, too. I’ll definitely be blogging about Italy.

    Erin Dorney

    January 15, 2013 at 9:31 PM

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