It’s been a ridiculously long time since my last post here (almost 4 months!). Pathetic, I know. But, I have been REALLY busy at work and busy working on other websites, blogs, and digital projects (for personal a well as for professional development activities). An until now, I just wasn’t at the right mental place to start focusing on work-related blogging again.
I plan to share more about these activities later.
For now, I thought that I should share a bit about my actual job and provide a summary of my assigned duties. Why? Because I get asked about it a lot — by new contacts, by work colleagues, by library school students, and even by other librarians. I doubt most of my family (including Hubby) or friends could even really explain what I do.
My official assignments for this academic year:
- Primary Responsibilities
- Develops Project Management expertise, and works with others (teams, projects, etc.) to ensure that Project Management strategies and processes are developed.
- Stays current with existing and emerging library technolgies and their potential uses in the library and on campus. Actively informs librarians about new technologies and/or new uses of technologies.
- Backs up other systems functions (our web developers and Library Systems administrators) as appropriate.
- Manages and optimizes library SharePoint instance, including development and training.
- Additional Responsibilities
- Serves as technical resource for digitization projects in the library, and those understaken in partnership with other campus entities such a the Center for Oral and Public History.
- Ensure that communication technologies are used appropriately to disseminate library information and encourage interaction with the campus community and beyond.
- Special Projects
- Library Website Redesign Project
- Campus OmniUpdate Content Management Systems Project
- Library Teams
- Social Media Team, Chair
- Digitization Planning Task Force
- Scholarly/Professional Activities and Service
What this means in plain English:
- I pretty much live and breath Project Management right now, which is extremely complicated in an academic faculty-heavy environment.
- Reading up on, exploring, and teaching about cool new technologies is actually a part of my daily job.
- I am just one part of a super fabulous talented team — Library Systems — and help back up my teammates when they need the assistance or they are on vacation.
- I am stuck with being the library and campus SharePoint “expert” because I was curious and foolish enough to actually turn it into a useful intranet and collaborative workspace.
- I consult on digitization technologies for the library and campus.
- I manage the library’s social media efforts.
- I collaborate heavily with other librarians and with other campus entities who are involved with providing the best possible digital solutions we can offer to our students and faculty.