Erin Dorney

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Student Learning Commons at Lancaster Bible College

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A few weeks ago I had the chance to visit the Charles & Gloria Jones Library, located in the Student Learning Commons at Lancaster Bible College. They just built a new facility and used the same vendor we’re using for our library renovation, so we were interested in seeing some of the furniture in action. It’s a truly amazing space—definitely recommend checking it out if you’re in the area. Despite my people-less photos, the library was packed with students the whole time we were walking through. Thanks to Lancaster Bible College for the tour and to Supply Source for lunch!

Row (left / right)

  1. Great use of curves to create unique spaces / High-tech collaboration station
  2. Out of the box room sign / Out of the box interior space for fun & inspiration
  3. Recycled pallet book displays! / Donor wall with modified card catalog & vinyl decals
  4. Clear signage (be still my heart) / The little details (basket) = all kinds of yes
  5. Items for sale in open stacks / Projected images on the wall behind the research help desk

LBC curved windowLBC collaboration stationLBC out of the box room

LBC red roomLBC palletsLBC donor wall

LBC signageLBC details

LBC sale itemsLBC help desk

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October 12, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Guest Post @ In the Library with the Lead Pipe

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I have a co-authored guest post up at In the Library with the Lead Pipe on renovations as a catalyst for change.

Lead Pipe posts full-length, peer-reviewed articles relating to libraries and is edited by a phenomenal team of leaders. I’ve added them to my Blogs I ❤ page and you should subscribe to their RSS feed ASAP!

Many thanks to my co-author Eric Frierson for inviting me to collaborate on the post and to Melissa Gold, Hilary Davis, Leigh Anne Vrabel, Ellie Collier, and Emily Ford for their review and edits.

Sidenote: This week continues to get better and better – I won a $50 gift certificate to use at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fine Craft Fair this weekend and I found out that the Computers in Libraries proposal that my colleagues and I submitted was accepted for the conference! Helllloooo cherry blossoms in March! Any tips for a CiL newbie?

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November 10, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Last glance at the old Ganser Library

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Took a few minutes on Thursday to do a walk through of our old library building before we hand it off to the contractors. All of the people, furniture, books, blinds, shelving and signage are gone. Pay particular attention to the image on the middle left – look at those power pop ups. This is our new reality – we need power and we need it everywhere. Plan ahead! Let the renovations begin!

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October 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Librarian office hours

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Photo of my office door

My Office Door

Due to the library renovation taking place at MPOW (you can read more about the project here) the librarians are embedded around campus in different academic buildings. We tried to relocate each subject librarian to be near at least one of the departments they liaise with or, in some cases, in highly student-trafficked buildings. Some goals of the initiative are to improve library visibility to the entire university community, develop more meaningful and effective relationships with faculty, and provide research assistance more closely to the point-of-need for students (before, during, between, after classes, etc).

Another facet of this “experiment within an experiment” is that librarians will be holding regular open office hours – starting with three hours per week. As far as I’m aware, this hasn’t been done at Millersville in the past, but I am very excited to give it a try. It’s one of the many things we are adding to our “suite of services” since we are not staffing a traditional reference desk for the time being. Yes, you heard right, but that’s the topic of another post coming very soon so you’ll have to wait to learn more.

I think one challenge to offering librarian open office hours will be promoting it. It’s not simply a case of “if you build it, they will come.” Teaching faculty have class syllabi where they can list this sort of information and they also have the power of grading on their side. Some things I am doing (or are in the works) to promote my office hours include:

  • The creation of this simple landing page which includes my contact information, subject areas, office location, photo and will eventually list my regular open office hours.
  • QR codes leading to said landing page on my office door and courtyard-facing window.
  • Emailed all faculty in my subject areas with my information, the landing page link, and the QR code inviting them to list it on their course syllabi.
  • Will mention office hours in all of the library instruction sessions I teach this fall.
  • Will have a sign on my door listing my office hours.

Problem #1: I have not set my hours yet (and have to within a week)! Has anyone tried this and had success or failure with any particular time slots or days? I suppose it depends on the institution, but I am interested in any feedback you have. I emailed an MU colleague and he suggested that late morning and lunch hour-ish tend to be best (between 10:30am-2:30pm). I also have to consider commuter students who have evening classes. Thoughts?

Problem #2: What am I not thinking of in terms of promoting this new initiative? How can I encourage students (or even faculty & staff) to stop by or schedule an appointment? All creative ideas are welcome!

*Note: Open office hours are not the only way we are providing research assistance to the university community during the renovation. I’ll also be doing at least 5 hours/week of virtual research assistance (monitoring phone, text messages, chat/IM & email inquiries) and we’re planning strategic “blasts” of in-person research help during the busiest times of the semester based on past statistics.*

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August 23, 2011 at 5:40 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