BARTOW BIO: Dotson's career path takes her from university libraries to public library

By DONNA HARRIS
Posted 9/13/20

The next logical step for Tiffanie Dotson’s career as a librarian was moving from a post-secondary library to a public library.  Dotson took that step when she started working at …

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BARTOW BIO: Dotson's career path takes her from university libraries to public library

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The next logical step for Tiffanie Dotson’s career as a librarian was moving from a post-secondary library to a public library. 
 
Dotson took that step when she started working at Cartersville Public Library at the end of June.

“Up until now, I have only worked at university libraries,” she said. “I was ready and excited to do something new with my library career and have always wanted to work in a public library.

Name: Tiffanie Dotson
Age: 36
Occupational title: Adult services librarian
City of residence: Rome
Education: Master of Library and Information Science
Family: Single

The Daily Tribune News (DTN): What are your job responsibilities at the library?
Tiffanie Dotson (TD): Some of my job responsibilities include interlibrary loans, reference and adult programming and whatever I am asked to do. I've even been working in circulation a few days of the week. 

DTN: What do you enjoy most about your job and why, and what do you like least about it and why?
TD: I really love meeting and talking with new people, learning their interests and what they're reading. I love the sense of accomplishment and happiness I feel after I've helped someone get the answers they are looking for. I hate that right now, we have to stay socially distanced because of COVID-19. It means the reference desk is closed so there's a big part of my job that I am unable to do at the moment.

DTN: What do you think is/are the best thing(s) about the Cartersville Public Library?
TD: Oh! It is such a nice library. Actually, I really like the people a lot. That includes people who work here and the patrons coming through the doors. Everyone has been so nice and helpful since I began working here. And they've had lots of patience while I'm learning.

DTN: What do you like to do when you’re not working? 
TD: Read, of course. I also like to shop, sew, cook and visit with friends. 

DTN: What would the title of your autobiography be and why?
TD: My granddaddy used to say to me, "You do good." I think that might make a good title for me.
 
DTN: How would you describe yourself in three words?
TD: Bubbly, loyal and patient.

DTN: If you could visit any period or event in the past, what would you choose and why? 
TD: The early 20th century at Highclere Castle. I am a fan of “Downton Abbey” and would have loved to live in that castle at the time.

DTN: Do you have a bucket list, and if so, what is the one thing you most look forward to accomplishing?
TD: I don't really have a bucket list, but traveling to other countries is something I have not been able to do. There are several places I would like to visit. 

DTN: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
TD: My eyelashes are real. People are always asking if they are fake and seem surprised they're real. 

DTN: If you could trade places with any historical figure or celebrity, past or present, for one day, who would you pick and why?
TD: I think it may just be safer to leave me as myself at all times. Lol!