A continuation 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.
I am the Systems Librarian and Communications Coordinator at the Pollak Library, California State University, Fullerton.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
8:30am – 9:00am: Checked and responded to emails.
9:00am – 9:15am: Chatted with our web developer about posting an open position on the library website.
9:15am – 9:45am: Reviewed “Pending” posts submitted to the library blog (only managing editors can actually Publish, to ensure all links, images and SEO metadata are correctly included). Add images and meta information for eBooks blog post from our Collection Development Librarian, then publish post and cross-post on Facebook and Twitter.
9:45am – 10:00am: Organized documentation on SharePoint intranet for next 2 meetings.
10:00am – 11:00am: Met with Circulation Coordinator and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Coordinator (guinea pig content team for website redesign “proof of concept” testing), and the Web Content Coordinator for our new (being redesigned) website to review process for compiling and organizing “proof of concept” content on SharePoint, until we have our new content management system (CMS) — OmniUpdate’s OUCampus — up and running enough for library content teams to use.
11:0am – 11:30am: Met with our Web Content Coordinator to go over process to inventory all content pages from our current website, so that we can next assign those pages to the appropriate unit head to determine if content 1) needs to be updated, 2) is current and “good to go”, or 3) needs to be completely deleted. This will help move us towards having our content ready as soon as back-end (admin end) of our new CMS is ready.
11:30am – 12:00am: Continued reviewing “Pending” posts from other librarians and staff, submitted to the library blog. Filled in SEO metadata and scheduled future publish dates.
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Checked email and responded to a few immediate ones.
1:00pm – 1:30pm: Checked RSS feeds on Google Reader, Twitter stream (mine and the library’s), library Google Alerts, and library Facebook page wall. Scheduled links to share via Buffer on library Facebook page and Twitter stream.
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Took a real lunch hour to run errands on campus and do some background research on Galatians for the 1st meeting of the semester (tomorrow) for the CSUF Faculty & Staff Bible Study Fellowship.
2:30pm -3:30pm: Worked on content templates, that will map to CMS “Library Content Page” template fields when our redesigned website is ready for the Web Content Team.
3:30pm – 4:00pm: Had an impromptu discussion with Campus IT about the Library’s OUCampus (CMS) templates, our ETA for having those functioning on a dev server and training our OUCampus administrators, how the Library will be (uniquely, on this campus) using re-purposable assets thorughout our templates and building our template fields out in an SEO-friendly and social-sharing-friendly manner. Discussed me leading an SEO and template metadata training session in a couple months for campus developers. Argued over why I feel the library needs to keep our WordPress multi-site instance on our own virtual server, running a full LAMP open source environment, instead of allowing IT to run it on their servers that use Windows IIS instead of Apache.
4:00pm – 4:40pm: Updated library website redesign Business Requirements documentation, based upon latest questions and and requests brought up last week by our designer. Need to finish this up tomorrow.
4:40pm – 5:00pm: Wrote this blog post.
5:00pm – 5:30pm: Blocked out some time in my calendar for tomorrow to finish manually migrating content from our old SharePoint server to the new one since Campus IT was unable to migrate it all via scripted tools. Also blocked out some time on Friday for some professional development training via Lynda.com.