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Erin Meyer | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Library Journal March 15, 2011: Erin Meyer, Mover & Shaker

Jane of All Trades

Erin Meyer splits her time between managing her university’s research center and student outreach efforts. The dual functions pose no problem. “I feel like I’m a salesperson for the best product in the world,” she says. “And who can turn me down when what I’m selling is free?”
And fun. For one, her “mystery in the stacks” events have converted the talking points of a normal tour into clues that entice groups of students into racing around the library searching out leads.

She has both connected students to the library with her savvy programming and also strengthened the connection of the library to the university as a whole with smart PR.

Good customer service is key, notes Meyer, giving a nod to her earlier experiences in retail and restaurants, conducting phone interviews, and working at a student loan servicing company.

“I try to impart that ethic to the 11 graduate students I supervise,” she says. But she notes that she’s also learned to be open to “what they respond to/like/enjoy/find cool, which might be different than what you expect.”

As such, she is creating a student advisory board to formalize such feedback; her next step is to turn over some of the event planning to this group.

Meyer’s dedication to libraries also inspired her to answer a call for volunteers to help set up a children’s library in Ethiopia. She trained staff for the Segenat Children and Youth Library, which opened this past summer, and, according to conominator Janet Lee, “made a difference in a country that has insurmountable needs.”

Vitals

Erin Meyer, Penrose Library, University of Denver

CURRENT POSITION Student Outreach Librarian and Research Center Coordinator

DEGREE MLS, University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M), 2002; Ph.D. ABD, UW-M

VOLUNTEER Five-year stint as “library lady,” Dane County Jails via UW-M’s SLIS Jail Library Group

FOLLOW Collaborative blogs: library.du.edu/penrosepen; library.du.edu/goodanswers

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