Today is day two of Library Day In the Life Round 8. I started the day with a 3 1/2 hour Reference shift. Reference shifts are always interesting. My library is in the major city of the county and is surrounded by rural areas, a major university, a community college, and the state border. So the questions run the gamut from basic to very scholarly. In the history of Olean it was a place where people would over winter before heading out west on the Allegheny river. Also, it has a lot of oil history and there was mob activity during prohibition; it had the nickname of “Little Chicago” during that time. Therefore, local history is also the source of many Reference transactions.
I am the director of our Public Computing Center. We run classes and tutoring sessions. We don’t have enough room to have a permanent teaching lab with the SMART board, so we have to set the lap up each time there is a class. Today’s class was Organizing E-mail. We have honed our skills that we can quickly set up and tear down the lab quickly.
While on the Reference Desk I entered names into the Winter Reading database. Sign up for the program just started yesterday and we had 19 people signed up as of this morning. Anyone who turns in a completed Winter Reading BINGO board will receive a prize along with an invitation to the Winter Reading party. At that party we will have a drawing for a “Cozy Up and Read” basket. I decided I am going to crochet an infinity scarf to include in the basket. We are offering patrons a “Free” sticker for one space on the BINGO board if they fill out a short survey on the library. The survey has questions about various services in the library and should give us some good feedback.
You never know what e-mail is going to bring when you are a librarian. Today I received an e-mail that stated that I needed to make my reservations at the hotel in Geneva for a conference I have to go to at the end of April. I start to call the number while I continue to read and there it is… “you will need to make a presentation to the NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) program officer and be an available to answer any questions they may have.” INSTANT HEADACHE. I felt kind of ambushed. I know, I have a few months to prepare it, but it still stresses me out.
Another job duty that I inherited is the Brown Bag Book Club. We meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month to discuss a book. I had the book list made up from Jan-June. People have been asking for the July – Dec. list. I read all the books before I put them on the list, so I was still trying to make decisions on what books I wanted to include. Finally today, after many inquiries, I decided to just bite the bullet and make the list.
Right before I left, I made a quick visual tutorial for downloading eBooks to the Kindle. The Kindle is different from other eReaders and confusion seems to abound. Hopefully this will make everything clearer.
My director and asst. director convinced me to go to a meeting with them tomorrow morning at System headquarters. So, I will drive from my house to Olean (about a 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hour commute) to then get in a car and travel another hour or so to Jamestown, go to a meeting, and then travel another hour or so back to Olean. Should be an interesting day.