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Librarian Wardrobe

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You might spot a familiar face or two over at Librarian Wardrobe! Melissa Gold and I work together as academic librarians in Pennsylvania. We’re modeling (air quotes) in front of our library which is currently smack-dab in the middle of a two-year renovation. You can learn more about the project here. The dress code at our place of work is pretty much non-existent… We typically use our best judgement based on our activities for each day. For example, you might find me in a blazer one day giving a presentation and then wearing jeans and converse to hang posters around campus the next. Thanks to Nicole for letting us share our outfits!

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Fantabulous photography by Amy Pajewski

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March 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

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Interview with “I Need a Library Job”

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erindorneyCheck out my 6-question interview over on the website I Need a Library Job (INALJ) today! The site is a goldmine of ideas and resources for job seekers, new professionals, LIS students and career-minded information professionals. You can also find INALJ on Twitter, Facebook, and now my Blogs I ❤ page!

Naomi will be posting more interviews in the coming weeks with fellow Lead Pipers Emily Ford and Ellie Collier. Oh yeah… I forgot to mention that I was invited to join the team at In the Library with the Lead Pipe! So honored to be working with such a fabulous group of professionals… and if you have ideas for guest posts over there, talk to me!!

In other news, I’ve added a sidebar widget (right hand side, just above Archives) called “Erin ‘Round the Web” to gather all of my various guest postings published outside of Library Scenester.

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January 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I’m nothing without my people. Congrats!

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Photo of a celebration

CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by pierofix on Flickr

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!

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September 23, 2011 at 12:03 PM

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Looking for a library job? Hang in there!

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Depicted below was, at one time, the root cause of much anxiety and self-doubt: job rejection letters.

From the following employers: University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Towson University, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, East Stroudsburg University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library, Virginia Tech University of Delaware, Washington County, Oregon, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of Denver, NC State University, University of Washington, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, MacroSys, Swarthmore College, Moravian College, Yale University, Davidson College, Northern Arizona University, and University of Colorado.

And I didn’t even include the list of places I applied for online… Over 45 applications were submitted before I secured my position at Millersville University. Do I resent any of these companies/institutions for not hiring me? Absolutely not, it was just not the right fit at the right time. I’m posting this for all of the new librarians, recent graduates, those still in school and those considering librarianship as a career. I was doing my job search back in 2008 and the marketplace is even tougher now due to the economy. I’m sure many of you have similar piles of rejection letters (or maybe you throw them out as they come… or maybe you’re awesome and found a job on your first or second try). I am writing today to say: don’t give up hope!

I’ve seen a lot of good posts lately that might be of interest to those of you who are at various stages of the job search:

As always, feel free to ask me any questions about my job search (and search committee) experiences. I would love to help bring more passionate professionals into the field. Are you currently looking for a job? How many places have you applied to? Any surprises so far?

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September 20, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Implications of a School Media Degree?

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I recently received an email from a current graduate student who was wondering whether getting an MS in LIS with a School Media specialization might limit her when it comes to applying for jobs in other environments such as academic, public, or special libraries.

Because I’ve only been on one search committee since I’ve become a professional librarian, I could only really share my opinions and observations. I basically told her that I don’t think it will limit her as long as she can make a strong enough case for the skill set required. She has experience interning in an academic library and clerking in a public library, demonstrating that she is exploring multiple options. That hands-on experience already catapults her above many new grads who will have never worked in a library in their life. I think if her cover letter is strong enough, and if the job is the right fit, she should be able to justify it.

I also took to Twitter/Facebook and asked some of my colleagues what they thought about the issue.

? from LIS student: will getting a school media degree limit career choices (academic/public/special)? #librarians pls chime in

Library school student Amy Pajewski – “from what i’ve heard in face-to-face class..once you choose school lib, you do nothing else. However, the old director of the Lanc Pub Lib System was a school librarian who became director of a public library and then went back to school libraries bc it was her passion. I think it would be easier to switch school to public rather than special/law/academic.”

Recent LIS grad Kiyomi Deards states that in her opinion – “Might make it hard to get into an academic library, education liaison might work, but I don’t see it translating to corporate”

Library school student Maria Rachelle Bedia – “school media are given specific courses and electives to take geared towards becoming a school librarian… I think this is a bit stricter than the other concentrations… at least that was what I saw when I looked at the curriculum for each specialty.”

Recent LIS grad & librarian Peter Coyl – “I don’t think so. The only way they’ll know is if you put it on your resume or job app, and nothing says you have to do that”

Academic librarian & professor Ryan L. Sittler – “School media COULD be limiting. But in practice… not really. There are no limitations in regard to public librarianship. And for academic? There are few, if any. That said, depending on where you apply… there may be a perception that the degree is not as “robust.” Even though it requires more credit hours…” and later “Depends on the type of job, too. A SLM person transitioning to work as a Teen Services Librarian at a public library or an Instruction Librarian at a college/university might actually be a better hire.”

Librarian Philippe Cloutier – “Definitely not limiting. It creates more opportunities if anything.”

What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments (I’ll be pointing the student here to read any additional responses).

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July 12, 2010 at 10:25 AM