Library Day in the Life 6 – Monday - Jo Alcock Consulting
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Library Day in the Life 6 – Monday

Library Day in the Life 6 – Monday

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 fourth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009January 2010 and July 2010. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. This will be the first time I complete the project in this role and I hope it helps explain a little bit about the type of work I do.

Today has been a looooong day, it’s just turned 10pm and I’m only now beginning to relax. The nature of my work isn’t 9-5; some days are longer than others, depending on current workload. Today has been longer than usual because I’m away tomorrow and Wednesday so have been preparing and packing this evening.

I’ve been working at home today so the morning began at about 8.30am checking my emails and tweets, before heading to my desk and organising my day (and week) with my to-do list. I’ve recently moved from Remember the Milk to Nirvana, and it’s working well so far. I’ve been trying to implement GTD recently and today was the day I finally achieved inbox zero across my different email accounts and my to-do list:

Inbox(es) zero

Inbox(es) zero

Most of the morning was spent on calls (using Skype) – with my boss to discuss our priorities this week, and with others we’re working with to track project progress and plan future work. The two projects I’ve been working on today are work for the JISC Information Environment programme – reviewing work which has aimed to encourage deposit into repositories, and planning the end of programme event. By lunchtime my to-do list was sorted but I hadn’t achieved much real work (often the case on a Monday morning).

During the lunch break (a wonderful gluten free cheese and ham toastie thanks to my boyfriend, Chris – one of the great things about working from home!), I sorted some CILIP West Midlands emails (I’m Marketing Officer for CILIP West Midlands and am organising the Member’s Day and AGM which will take place in March). After much research of numerous venues, I was finally able to confirm a date and venue today – hooray! I’ve also organised a couple of speakers but still need to finalise the programme. I also took another quick look at my dissertation survey to prepare it for piloting.

The afternoon involved:

  • Producing a Surveymonkey questionnaire using interview questions as an initial guide (for gathering more data about work which has helped encourage deposit into repositories
  • Organising various meetings, physical and virtual
  • Finalising a blog post for the Information Environment Evaluation blog and sent it to be checked before publishing
  • Checking a request I received to present a workshop for a conference in summer – would love to do it but everything seems to be within the same few weeks so I need to figure out what is realistic and what I can fit in with other commitments
  • Sending reminders to people we’re meeting with next week and giving them some ideas of things to think about before we meet
  • Calling the hotel I’m staying at tomorrow to confirm arrangements (and most importantly checking they can provide me with a gluten free breakfast on Wedesday morning!)
  • Preparing documents and gadgets, and paperwork to take to Open Edge, the event I’m at tomorrow and Wednesday
  • Sending a link to my dissertation questionnaire to my boss for checking
  • Packing my overnight bag and work for the train journey

I’d better get to bed soon as I need to be up at about 5am to prepare for a 6.30am train. Hopefully I’ll get chance to blog tomorrow night but it may well be a brief entry as I’m at the Haggis and Mash event.

It’s been great to read about other people’s days today – if you are interested in seeing other’s blog posts and tweets, follow the links in the Library Day in the Life wiki, or follow the #libday6 tweets.

  • Morwenna
    Posted at 21:59h, 25 January Reply

    I enjoyed reading your post and am very impressed with your achievement to have 0 emails in your inbox – I’m still working on this! I’ll check out Nirvana too which sounds good.

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