Twice a year I participate in the Library Day in the Life Project. Some years I exclusively use Twitter, but other years (like this one) I also blog and post pictures on Flickr. The Library Day in the Life Project is designed to let library workers of all kinds share the joy and challenges of working in a library (while still maintaining patron privacy). By sharing these experiences, I hope that others will have a fuller picture of what it is like to work in a library (it is NOT books and cats all the time).
A typical Monday schedule for me is working 10-6. On Mondays I work on the Reference Desk from 3-6 which happens to be the busiest time for the Reference Desk and the Public Access Computers. At our library many students as well as their tutors come to use the library right after school. Sometimes the wait time for our public computers can be up to 45 minutes. Each patron is allowed 1 hour a day on the public computers and many patrons, not only young adults, choose the 3-6 period to use their 1 hour.
Even though today I felt like I was spinning my wheels, I did get a lot done when I think about it. I am the director for our Public Computing Center – a BTOP project through an ARRA grant. Also, at the end of last year we lost our Adult Programming librarian so I have also assumed that role. On top of that I am the “techie” librarian and maintain all of our social networking sites. I also am in charge of a nice chunk of the collection, including religion, medical, biography, literature, audiobooks, CDs, and video games. (I also have other Dewey sections such as Library Science, Social Groups, etc.) I can tell you I am never without something to do.
Today consisted of responding to e-mails, suggesting a potential adult program to my director, updating the electronic sign and all the social media sites with Feburary’s calendar of event, sending out an e-mail blast reminding patrons that the Teen and Adult Winter Reading program started today and to sign up, ordering books and audiobooks, tracking grant related reference questions, working on my plan for the Technology Petting Zoo we are holding on February 25th, and of course my Reference Shift. Most popular category of Reference question right now? Taxes of course!
Since it is 2 in the morning and I have to get up in another 4 hours for work, I will leave it at that for Monday. I will post later today after I work 9-5 with more details about my day.
And of course I had to add the obligatory cat picture: