Erinn Batykefer, MLIS

An online professional portfolio

Meet Erinn

Hello!  My name is Erinn Batykefer.  I’m a writer, a health foodie, a social media pro, and a native Pittsburgher, among other things.  I’m slated to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies with my MLIS in May 2012.  This is my professional website as a librarian– thanks for visiting!

 On this site, you’ll find:

  • My notes on great programming ideas that I see at other libraries, and program plans for teens and adults that I design myself, including examples, PDF kits, and lots of links
  • Great readers’ advisory tools, including links to recommended reading pinboards I create on Pinterest.
  • Books and resources, including links to my Goodreads reviews for new titles, and links to book club questions, authors’ websites and twitter handles, etc.
  • Notes on free and cheap software, programs, social media, tech & tools that can be used to connect with patrons virtually, or teach skills in library programs and workshops
  • Marketing plans for specific programs, including social media campaigns and ideas for fun, interactive marketing strategies that leverage the all-important word-of-mouth factor
  • My blog, where I share what I’m up to at the library and at my other online home, The Library as Incubator Project.

Navigating the site:

  • Use the right sidebar to navigate to category pages full of posts all related to one broad category, like “Program Ideas”
  • You can also use the tag cloud in the left sidebar to find posts on a particular topic, like “Teen Tech Week,” or use the Archives drop-down menu to find posts from a particular month or year.
  • If you want to return to this home page, simply click my picture or the site title in the header, and you’ll come back to this page.

If you’re interested in learning more about me, what I’m reading, my professional goals, and other sundry details, I encourage you to find me on the internet:

  • Facebook Facebook isn’t my favorite social media for a variety of reasons, but I’m on it.  You can friend me if you like, but I’m more of a lurker.  If you want to chat, I’m much more active on Twitter!
  • Goodreads I like to read.  A lot.  I keep track of the books I read here, and often write reviews with read-alike notes for readers’ advisory.  I’d love to connect and see what you’re reading!
  • LinkedIn.  I keep an updated resume on LinkedIn; you’re welcome to take a look at the projects I’ve done and get in touch with me about job opportunities and other professional stuff.
  • My author website.  I’m also a poet and writer.  You can check out more about my book, Allegheny, Monongahela (Red Hen Press 2009, where I’ll be reading or teaching workshops in the coming year, and my current writing projects.
  • The Library as Incubator Project I’m a Co-founder and Project Manager for the LAIP along with two fantastic colleagues.  We believe the library is a place to connect and create, and our mission is to promote and facilitate creative collaboration between libraries and artists of all types, and to advocate for libraries as incubators of the arts.
  • Pinterest. I love Pinterest as a way to collect read-alikes for popular titles, program ideas, and collection development resources in an accessible, visual format.  I’m always adding new pins and pinboards!
  • Twitter. Twitter is a powerful news aggregator and a great way to connect with authors, patrons, and other librarians to share ideas.  I’d love to chat with you, so feel free to follow me!

*All opinions expressed on this website and all other personal websites are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of my employer(s).

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