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A day in the life: Monday

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I’m participating in round six of the Library Day in the Life project! Here is what I did today:

7 – Woke up and got ready. Breakfast. Went to the post office to mail a Postcrossing postcard to Brazil, a package to my best friend in Ohio, and a package to the Deans in Arkansas.

9-10 – Got to the library, grabbed a vanilla latte from Starbucks, caught up on some email from last week/the weekend. Started this post.

10-10:45 – Meeting with Vice President of Information Resources, Systems Librarian & student worker to discuss our website redesign project. We’re moving to Drupal (hopefully sometime this semester) but have run into a few roadblocks across the way. Goal is to get the new site up before we move out of the current building this summer.

10:45-11 – Talked with a co-worker who stopped by my office about the upcoming ACRL conference (she’s presenting two posters and I am doing a virtual presentation).

11-11:30 – Meeting with Learning Technologies Librarian to discuss our new Library Student Advisory Board. We’re approaching some of the campus organizations for representation (including Graduate Studies Association, Pre-Scholars Institute, All Greek Council,  Asian & Friends, Black Student Union, Society on Latino Affairs and Commuting Students Association) and holding an election with Student Senate to populate the group. The first meeting is in February and I’m stoked!

11:30-12:10 – Email. Talked on the phone with a previous library intern & friend (same person) about the job interview she just got out of. Fingers crossed!

12:15 -1:20 – Lunch meeting with a Communications professor to talk about integrating her public relations students with the library renovation project. We also talked about some upcoming library instruction sessions for her COMM 100 classes.

1:20-2:15 – Email. Sent out invitations to student organizations for the Library Student Advisory Board. This seems like an awful long time but I honestly can’t remember what I was working on…

2:15 – Meeting with editor of  The Snapper (MU student newspaper) to discuss a series of advertisements for this semester relating to the upcoming library renovation. Found out their ad deadline for this week is tomorrow, eek!

2:15-4 – Pardon my language, but sh!t really hit the fan this afternoon. It was just one thing after another – phone calls, people coming into my office, emails. In my hazy stupor I seem to remember designing the first library renovation advertisement and submitting it to the paper. Made some phone calls and scheduled some meetings relating to V-Day 2011 (I’m working on Millersville’s production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” again this year, and we have had quite the headache trying to find a performance space on campus with all of the construction projects currently underway). I sent an email to the off-campus participants for tomorrow’s “Joy of Text” webinar (sponsored by the PaLA College & Research Division) including directions and parking information.

4:15 – Cleaned this post up & hightailed it home.

Does this make you want to be a librarian? Haha. If you’re interested in comparing, my previous Library Day in the Life posts can be found here:

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January 24, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Blog – 2010 in review

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The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 35 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 109 posts. There were 40 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 19mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 25th with 688 views. The most popular post that day was Library Day in the Life.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,, Google Reader, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for becoming a librarian, library scenester, william ayers, being a librarian, and erin dorney.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Library Day in the Life. January 2010


So, you’re thinking about becoming a librarian? August 2009


Looking for a library job? Hang in there! September 2010


Conference Attendance Advice. March 2010


About October 2007

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Wordless Wednesday

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Erin, Tony & Coffee

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Some Upcoming Projects

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With a more relaxed schedule (I am on winter break until mid-January), I have been able to spend some time planning for the spring semester. Here are some different things I’ll be working on:

  • Three different interviews for my C&RL News Job of a Lifetime column for 2011 – featuring an Outreach Services Librarian, a Research & Development Librarian, and a librarian from ipl2. As soon as the columns are published I will be sure to link to them here. And as always, if you or someone you know has the job of a lifetime, contact me!
  • Over the summer I started working on a collaborative research project and just this week finished the data collection stages with my research partners. We’re doing a content analysis of select academic library websites in order to investigate the unintended messages created by design decisions and use of space. I have had the pleasure of working with a friend (and mentor) and am looking forward to our analysis over the next month. We hope to have some conclusions published in a peer reviewed journal sometime in the future.
  • This summer I will be supervising my first LIS student intern from Rutgers University. Over the past few weeks I have been working with her to put together an internship plan of work (taking into account all of your fabulous comments from my previous post on library internships for undergrads!). It’s a work in progress at the moment, but I’m hoping to give her some projects relating to outreach regarding the renovation (slated to start in fall 2011), information literacy (possibly teaching a few sessions), research assistance (at the help desk) and social media things. She has a background in PR and is a fantastic writer, so I might also try to find communication/design projects as well. I am really looking forward to working with her, and I think I will end up learning a lot as well.
  • I’m going to have another undergraduate intern from Millersville this spring (my third!) so I have been putting together some projects for him as well. He’s going to be shadowing me at the research help desk and in instruction sessions. I think he is also going to work on some writing projects for our Renovation Website (particularly showcasing different issues from an informed student perspective). And informational interviews to learn more about the field of librarianship.
  • Only two creative writing workshops and my thesis project stand between me and my second master’s degree! This spring I am taking a poetry workshop with Kim Bridgford (who has also kindly agreed to be my thesis committee advisor). I am beyond excited to work with her in the coming months. Our required texts include Archaic Smile: Poems by A. E. Stallings, Murano by Mark Doty, Playing At Stillness by Rhina P. Espaillat and Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove. Have you read any of them?

So what projects do you have planned for the upcoming months?  Also, does anyone have advice for supervising an LIS student intern? I want to make sure this is a valuable and productive experience for everyone.

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January 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM

ACRLog guest post

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I have a guest post over at ACRLog today, so check it out if you have a few minutes! I decided to talk about our upcoming renovation project since it’s the thing I’ve been spending the majority of my time on at work lately. As outreach librarian I have been coordinating lots of communication about the project (including its spot in the University Soar to Greatness campaign) as well as the transition and design planning.

My thanks to Richard James (@DElibrarian), Jason Dean (of The Dean Files), and Lindsey Main (@librarianlinz) for offering valuable feedback on a draft of the guest post.

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December 8, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Want some mail?

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christmas cat

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Inspired by Lisa’s post at the lisa chronicles, I have just (at this very moment) decided to do a holiday card exchange! If you’re interested in sharing some winter cheer via post, send me an email or post a comment with your address. I promise to send you a non-religious card before December 25th.

I love getting & sending mail. I hope you’ll join me! Any and all are welcome to participate 🙂

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November 15, 2010 at 9:02 PM

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C&RL News – Job of a Lifetime – Tina Hertel

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My fourth interview for the Job of a Lifetime (JOAL) column in College & Research Libraries News is now available online! I spoke with Tina Hertel, help desk/Web support librarian at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Our discussion about her involvement with Lehigh’s Technology, Research and Communication (TRAC) Writing Fellows program was particularly intriguing, and could be looked to as a model for other libraries. Check out the interview here:

Job of a Lifetime – Tina Hertel: Rocket scientist librarian, at your service!

A big thanks to Tina who is beyond phenomenal and has been both a personal and professional inspiration to me ever since I moved to Pennsylvania in 2008. She recently received a Certificate of Merit Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association.

Do you have the job of a lifetime? I’ll be starting the next interview shortly, so if you think it should be you, contact me. Enjoy & feel free to leave comments!

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