Today marks the start of the 8th Library Day in the Life Project (January 30 – February 5, 2012), a recurring project started by Bobbi Newman in July 2008 to encourage library professionals to share amongst each other the diverse work done in this rapidly evolving industry, and to educate the public about what the heck it is that librarians actually do. Since I still encounter comments like “You must really like to read”, or “You must get to work with a lot of books”, when I meet new people who haven’t used a librarian in eons, I’ve tried to participate in the last couple #libday projects to provide folks with better insight into the nature of my job and my profession. And because librarian job descriptions and duties vary so much across the profession, the #libday project is a great way to showcase the diverse skill sets and professional activities with my colleagues around the world, and with future librarians.
In the past, I simply Tweeted my #libday updates. This year, I’m committing to also contribute a blog updated at the end of each week day.
So, here goes…
Monday, January 30, 2012
Although my academic library is open late into the evenings Monday-Thursday, and is open on Saturdays (we had to cut our Sunday hours two years ago due to budget cuts), my position — the Systems Librarian and Communications Coordinator– is only expected to work during the traditional business week. I typically work Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 5:30pm. I do occasionally put in evening or weekend hours for special activities, such as teaching a technology instruction class, presenting an evening workshop or attending/working at a conference.
Today is an unusually light meeting day for me, which means I should be able to get some key assignments done.
8:20am: Set off to work; I am fortunate to have a ridiculously short commute.
8:30am: Arrived at work. Checked for any voicemails or emails that require an immediate response, while drinking my coffee. Rescheduled a 10:00am meeting for tomorrow, because I’m trying to avoid any close contact with people while glued to my Kleenex box (that darn cold thing).
8:45am: Drafted the intro to this blog post.
8:50am – 9:45am: Scanned through my personal/professional Twitter stream, the @pollaklibrary Twitter stream, my Google Reader RSS feeds, Google Alerts for the Pollak Library (and the commonly misspelled Pollack Library), as well as Cal State Fullerton (and CSUF and California State University Fullerton), and the News Feed for the Pollak Library’s Facebook Page.
9:50am – 11am: Finalizing tentative” details to host #THATCamp SoCal 2012 at California State University, Fullerton this September. Running prospective dates by my THATCamp coordinating committee: Associate VP/IT & Academic Technology Officer, Director of Faculty Development Center & Professor, Elementary and Bilingual Education, and our Director of Distance Education/IT for University Extended Education. Brought University Librarian up to speed. Registered us on the THATCamp website.
11:00am-11:15am: Met with University Librarian to discuss the re-opened recruitment for the Head of Library Systems position.
11:30am – 11:45: Chatted with IT Project Management Officer about what help I will initially need from IT for THATCamp SoCal, in terms of logistics and logo design. Set up a higher ed-licensed wiki on WikiSpaces to plan the event. Activated the THATCamp Southern California 2012 public site through THATCamp.
11:45am – 12:25pm: Searched online for examples of using Historypin and QR Codes, to help a colleague at Fullerton Community College come up with a solution for their 100th anniversary project.
12:30pm – 1:00pm: Short lunch, out for coffee.
1:00pm – 4:00pm: Worked on a Genealogy Research Guide for a class I’m teaching this afternoon, for a fellow librairan who is giving a tour of the library to the genealogy interest group from our campus’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
4:00pm – 5:30pm: Accompanied fellow librarian giving tour to or our microfilm/form newspaper holdings to our campus’s OLLI genealogy interest group (55 people present!). Moved the group up to our largest library instruction room, explained what services and resources OLLI members can/cannot access with a guest library card. Gave a quick 30-minute demo of 5 key genealogy resources they should be using, then spent another 30 minutes answering specific genealogy and technology questions. They asked me to come back and teach a few topic-specific sessions.
5:30pm to 5:45pm: Back in my office to check email and update my To Do list with unfinished items from today before heading home.