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A Day In The Life Of A Librarian: Quick Week Recap February 2, 2012

Filed under: meme — ellie @ 4:55 pm

I’m so sad to have missed the notice for the most recent Library Day in the Life!

I’m already well into today and won’t be in tomorrow, so I’ll do a quick recap of highlights of the week.

Monday I began the day by prepping some information and screenshots on my proposed redesign for our link resolver. I spent some of the morning preparing answers to library student questions about collection development for later that evening. Then we had a website meeting where the librarians discussed changes we were interested in implementing, including my link resolver changes, which were approved. I ran down to duplicating to grab some color printouts of little table top signs I had made about noise traveling from the mezzanine area. The reference and instruction librarians (myself included) had a quick meeting to go over the presentation to faculty we would be giving later that day, including finalizing our handout. I went through emails and then off to the ‘Embedding the Library into D2L’ presentation and then home. In the evening I Skyped in to a library school classroom to talk about collection management.

Tuesday I had the afternoon/evening shift, so I was on the reference desk 3pm-10pm. In addition to reference questions, I also set up the black history month display, wrote a request for funding to go to ALA, and staffed our 24/7 chat cooperative.

Wednesday I have the early morning/day shift, so I was on the reference desk 8am-3pm. It was pretty busy most of the day. I printed a color sign to go with the black history month display and got through emails, but that’s about it besides helping students.

Today I am pretty well caught up, so I’ve been going through emails and professional journals. I chatted with a colleague about one of her upcoming instruction sessions and I’ll be on the desk a little this afternoon.


Friday: A Day In The Life Of A Librarian (Who Is On Summer Break) July 30, 2011

Filed under: meme — ellie @ 3:08 am

This morning was last minute errands and food shopping followed by a drive to the airport to pick up friends. A closed stretch of limited access highway along with rush hour and construction traffic meant that a one hour drive home took over three hours instead. So rather than the very long game of Arkham Horror that I had planned to start around 4pm, I relaxed with visiting family and just did a short intro to the game without a full play through.

There is one component of the game that has character cards in alphabetical order. One of my (librarian) friends joked about how unfair it was to expect him to alphabetize. His wife quipped back that he should organize them in call number order by their professions. Then we debated Dewey or LC. He said since it was my game not his, we should do LC. (He’s in publics.) Yay librarian geeks!


Thursday: A Day In The Life Of A Librarian (Who Is On Summer Break) July 28, 2011

Filed under: meme — ellie @ 9:16 pm

This morning we stopped by the county seat to get our marriage license and then delivered it to the local court that will be performing the ceremony on Saturday. Then the afternoon was spent assembling canopies and chatting with my parents and brother who had come over to help. It was also spent dealing with FedEx about a lost package. Tonight I am off to Casablanca for an evening with friends and family.


Wednesday: A Day In The Life Of A Librarian (Who Is On Summer Break)

Filed under: meme — ellie @ 5:03 am

This morning was the hair and makeup trial run. While I was there I started getting some ecards. I didn’t click on any of them at first because ecards are very often spam/malware and the first few that came in were from people whose email I know had been used to send out junk without their knowledge before.

But then as more and more ecards and emails arrived in my inbox I started to assume maybe they were legitimate. I still thought it was really odd that Wednesday would be the day everyone would decide to send me well wishes, but eventually, once I started clicking on the ecards, one of them spilled the beans that my family had organized a virtual shower for me. I’ve moved around a lot since undergrad and my family knew that I was sad that so many of my friends from around the country couldn’t join me for my celebration. So the afternoon was spent reading the emails and ecards that had been streaming in all day.

Then I prepped some home-made cinnamon rolls (from scratch!) for our Saturday morning breakfast and headed out to the airport to pick up my partner.


Tuesday: A Day In The Life Of A Librarian (Who Is On Summer Break) July 27, 2011

Filed under: meme — ellie @ 4:47 am

Today I visited my brother. We swung by Whole Foods for vegan marshmallows for the party then played video games until his wife got home. Then we headed into the city for vegan Philly cheese steaks and WWE Smackdown ringside seats. I’m very close with my family, so it was great getting to spend all day with my brother and his wife. One of my favorite things about being an academic librarian is the regular time off. In my last position at Austin Community College I didn’t get any vacation time, but I had off when the students had off, which lined up well with my brother’s secondary school teacher schedule. It looks like my new position will keep a similar schedule with three weeks off in the winter. And it is a 9 month appointment, so I have summers off as well. All of which allows me to get to spend a lot of quality time with family.


Friday – A Day In The Life Of A Librarian July 30, 2010

Filed under: meme — ellie @ 7:55 pm

First thing this morning, training on reconciling the cash box in the morning in case our head librarian is out. Then I pulled together the Friday Link Round Up and then back to working on the psychology reading list.

Intermittently as breaks from the reading list: submitted timesheet, went through backlog of “deal with later” links, read less pressing emails, synced my work calendar to my google calendar.

Finished the book list with 2 hours to spare in the day. Rewarded myself with reading book reviews for the rest of the day. I ❤ collection development.


Thursday – A Day In The Life Of A Librarian July 29, 2010

Filed under: meme — ellie @ 8:13 pm

I’m off the desk for most of the day, so today’s big project is to create a psychology reading list (possibly 2) that is the result of a compromise with a professor who asked for a list of all of our psychology holdings to give to students. The list will be the top 500 that are the newest and most on topic for his class. He also sent a link to a site of classics as an example, but the example site was mostly articles and he’s only interested in books, so I’m still determining how I’ll proceed with that. I had two of our adjunct librarians check the site against our holdings and I had one of our circulation staff check the teacher’s old reading list against our current collection to see how many we no longer have (since a missing item is what sparked the discussion).


Wednesday – A Day In The Life Of A Librarian July 28, 2010

Filed under: meme — ellie @ 10:43 pm

On the ref desk most of the day today with a break in the middle to give a social bookmarking presentation to faculty.

Helped a student who was having problems opening a file off her flash drive. She was trying to do it through Word and it was only looking for Word files. We changed it to all files and her MS Works file showed up.

I rerun our featured lists, a iii/Millennium thing that really ought to be automated, but isn’t. Hopefully once we update our scope profile we won’t need the featured lists anymore anyway. Rerunning requires: finding the file, clicking search, clicking yes to the warning message, then “use existing search,” then picking the same file you’re already in, then “use,” then “search.” I do this for all 15 files, sort them (mostly by bib/title, but a few by call number), then dedupe them and I’m done. The whole process plus writing up this explanation takes about 7 minutes.

A friendly faculty member makes a joke about his shirt and chats for a few minutes about a couple of local museums. I happen to have been to most of them and thus appreciate his joke about “make sure you leave at least 10 minutes” for one that is particularly small. I like our patrons 🙂

Double check the location for the faculty talk and go over my notes.

Check in a guest. Help someone with the photocopier. Helped a student find biographical information on Woodrow Wilson. Helped a student research information on nutrition for athletes – it’s always a struggle balancing how much they’re willing to learn with getting them far enough that they’ll actually be able to proceed on their own. And convincing them that the articles are all online, but won’t count against them as online sources (which the teacher told them not to use) in the paper. This guy walked out with two books that will likely be pretty good, but I have much less confidence in him remembering even how to get to the articles and he wasn’t interested in actually looking into any of the databases. Helped another student researching diabetes who was a little more interested in seeing how it all worked.

Lunch and off to the presentation.

Presentation went well. Great group with lots of interest. I did a brief overview and left most of the time to Q&A.

Then back to my campus and the reference desk. Helped a student find books on Escher. Helped a student email himself his resume after figuring out he meant that the cd was read only, not the document was read only.

Sent emails about wrangling carts for opening the new campus and about organizing a multiple local library info sharing session.

Browsed through my library/ian RSS feed and backlog of listserv emails.