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Lights, Letters, and Doughnuts: Library Day in the Life (Day 3)

July 30, 2010

Catching up on posting for Library Day in the Life

The Wednesday (7/28/2010, Day 3) installment reveals some of the diversity in my job.

7:10 a.m.

Arrived at work to discover that I was the first one there. Collected the morning’s delivery of local newspapers and turned on the lights. Stood in the silence for a while, reflecting on the day ahead. It was kind of like standing on a playing field in the middle of an empty arena before the action, energy, and rush of a big game. Anyone else enjoy moments like these?

7:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.

Enthusiastically took up pen and paper the laptop and wrote a letter of recommendation for one of our recent college graduates who was a top-notch library student worker while here. He is hoping to get a job in the university library where he is now working towards a masters degree. This makes the 5th former library student worker who has asked me to serve as a reference for either a library job or library school. What a great start to the day’s activities!

Shifted to the morning email and social networking scan. Need to work on reducing the size of my email inbox. Yikes!

9:00 a.m. — 9:15 a.m.

Wednesday doughnut break! One of our library staff members (thanks, Shirley!) has started something of a staff ritual. Every Wednesday, she brings in a box of doughnuts–freshly baked that morning–from a local bakery. And like metal too close to a giant magnet, we gravitate towards the staff break area and enjoy food and fellowship. I highly recommend this type of activity among a library staff.

9:15 a.m. — 10:15 a.m.

During our Wednesday doughnut break, my chat with a couple of staff members turned into a valuable “water cooler” conversation about (1) mobile phones and (2) our library database usage last year. Spontaneity at its best.

10:15 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.

Spent time in the book stacks and reference area for anyone who might need assistance (“itinerant librarian”).

10:45 a.m. — 12:00 noon

Explored and assessed with our systems manager a test version of our library catalog with an open source discovery layer. Loving the possibilities there!

12:00 noon — 12:15 p.m.

Participated in a conference call of the Board of Directors for our statewide academic library consortium. I do believe it could be the shortest board conference call on record–ever. Nice.

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Fielded questions from our archivist concerning (1) a current digitization project and (2) online versions of special collections finding aids.

1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Polished up my assessment document of our 2009-10 library goals and objectives.

2:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.

Did some research to find a well-recommended dehumidifier to replace an older model that we are currently using in one of the archives rooms. Consumer Reports to the rescue!

2:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Worked with our library’s A-to-Z journal finder list to clean up an issue with how some titles were displaying.

4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Put together some book orders for sports medicine/athletic training titles. Earlier collaboration with a faculty member really paid off.

5:00 p.m.

Headed home for the day.


From flipping light switches, to recommendation letter writing, to doughnut consumption, to R&D with the library catalog, to “water cooler” conversations–what a ride! All in a day’s work.


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