Member of the Week: Erin Dorney

Erin DorneyErin Dorney is the Outreach Librarian at Millersville University in Millersville, PA and blogs at Library Scenester. Erin has been an ACRL member since 2008 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, optimistic, and multifaceted.

2. What are you reading right now? For professional development: Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug and Marketing Today’s Academic Library by Brian Mathews. For fun: The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks and about to start Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: My professional posse.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL after I had secured my first professional position in an academic library following my graduation from Syracuse University in May 2008 (mostly because I could finally afford to with a real salary). I knew that if I wanted to get involved with librarianship in a meaningful way, I needed to learn everything I could from my colleagues and ACRL has given me the perfect avenue to do that. For example, this summer kicked off my 2-year stint as Co-Chair of the ACRL 2011 Virtual Conference, an opportunity that would not have been presented without my participation in ACRL.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the connections we help to facilitate in academic libraries; between people, information, and ourselves.

6. In your own words: I’m excited to be entering the field of librarianship at a point in time where everything is being questioned. What is our role and what will it be in centuries to come? The current, slightly chaotic nature of our profession lends itself to bringing out the best and worst in people – which helps us jump-start and continue conversations of real importance.

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