Library Day in the Life 5 - Thursday - Jo Alcock Consulting
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Library Day in the Life 5 – Thursday

Library Day in the Life 5 – Thursday

This week I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life project which charts the day-to-day activities of library workers at different points of the year. This is the third time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009 and January 2010. I’m a Resources Librarian at a university library in UK, and work part-time (3 days a week). This will be the last time I complete the project in this role as I have a new job to move to soon (more on this in a later blog post).

Over summer I’ve got two main projects on the go; collection management for the Teaching Practice collection (for trainee teachers), and managing a project working on development of induction activities for the VLE. I also usually have two enquiry desk duties per week, each of which is half a day (this week mine are Wednesday afternoon and Friday afternoon).

Current to do list

Current to do list (I also use RTM for smaller subtasks)

I took some photos of my workplace today (including the one above of my overall to do list), you can see them all in this set on Flickr. Others have also been adding photos for the project, I find it really interesting to look at where people work.

Morning activities today included:

  • Sorting and responding to emails
  • Finding examples of different types of material for the induction activities (book, CD, DVD, and chapter from edited book from well known or general study skills material) – always amazes me how long it can take to find a good example!
  • Taking photos and screenshots of example materials and example searches on OPAC (library catalogue)
  • Adding the images and brief explanatory text to the VLE
  • Putting together some multiple choice questions for the induction activities
  • Covering the Lending Services Helpdesk for 90mins whilst other staff were at a meeting (this involved selling some withdrawn books and binding materials, issuing reservations, renewing a laptop loan, helping students find books, and helping a student with a corrupt USB drive – oh and cutting my hand whilst guillotining some scrap paper!)

Afternoon activities included:

  • Adding more induction material to the VLE (think this will be repeated every morning and afternoon for the foreseeable future!)
  • Glancing through the CILIP Defining our Professional Future report, and printing a copy to read soon
  • Flicking through the online version of Library & Information Update from CILIP
  • Organising my calendar for the next few weeks before I finish this job role (including arranging some meetings with my manager)
  • Trying to sort out a crashing issue with Photoshop (using advice from Twitter) before editing images ready for web use – it seemed a little better later on, but still crashed when I tried to open multiple files so more investigation needed tomorrow!

If you’re interested in following other librarians, go to the wiki and use the links to people’s blogs, or use the #libday5 search in Twitter.


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