Today I’ll try my best to participate in the Library Day in The Life project, Round 4. I’ve enjoyed following some of the other blogs today (the tweets are, to be honest, irritating) so here’s my two cents:
Library Day in The Life Round 4
January 25, 2010 by Lane Wilkinson
8:30 – Gave Kh a smooch and head out the door.
8:55 – On the reference desk. This is, quite possibly, my favorite place to be in the library.
9:05 – A little peeved that Ambassador Books has decided to stall out. I usually reserve my collection development time for the reference desk. I’m the liaison for the College of Business, and I have until February 5 to finish this round of orders.
9:17 – Checking course reserves for the MUH 111 CDs.
9:25 – Checked in on Twitter. Clicked the #Haiti trending topic. Banality updated 200 times a minute. Do I really want to read through so much irrelevant nonsense?
9:40 – Read this article that a coworker sent me.
9:46 – Searching Worldcat to answer a question via IM. It was a title that I was fairly confident we didn’t have, so I wanted to find the nearest library that does have the book. Where the heck is Pellissippi State Community College?
10:00 – I think this is my third “how do I print?” question of the day.
10:04 – Reading up on the diaphoric definition of data.
10:10 – Spent a few minutes giving an impromptu Academic OneFile tutorial to a student. I seem to give database walkthroughs about once an hour, on average.
10:25 – For some strange reason, certain documents on Blackboard are a pain to open up. I’ve helped two separate students open their psychology extra credit. Save first, then open. No direct opening for you, sir.
10:35 – Helped a patron determine who was in the Eighth Circle of Hell in Dante’s Inferno. Screw Wikipedia, this resource is far, far better.
10:36 – Just realized that Dante left out the inventors of Trending Topics.
10:45 – Sent reminder e-mails to my students who have yet to send me links to their blogs. I’m teaching a for-credit course on Web 2.0, and their first homework is to set up blogs through Blogspot and e-mail me the links. I’ll roll the blogs into one OPML file, send it their way, and we’ll have something to subscribe to for this Thursday’s class on RSS feeds.
10:55 – I took more than 15 seconds to respond to an IM and the patron left the conversation. Here’s my hierarchy: in-person, telephone, IM, e-mail.
11:05 – In my office, pouring some coffee, looking at the Insight Media catalog.
11:20 – Calling about a research consultation.
11:50 – STILL reading e-mails. Wishing that I signed up for the digests on my listservs.
12:06 – STILL responding to e-mails. I prefer to walk over to people’s offices or use the phone.
12:41 – Going over collection weeding procedures. I have 36,710 books to shelf-read and weed.
1:04 – Reading a paper by Don Fallis. Research for an article on epistemic values in reference services.
1:19 – Ambassador Books is up again. Reading reviews and ordering titles for the next hour or so.
1:42 – Book ordering workflow: Excel spreadsheet in right monitor, Chrome in left monitor. Four tabs open: Ambassador (to order), Worldcat (to search our catalog), Review source (Choice, PW, HBR, other libraries, trade publications, etc.), Google Spreadsheet (items on order but not in our catalog). Lots of CTRL+Tab and ALT+Tab.
1:54 – Heading to my only meeting of the day: about the upcoming weeding project.
2:46 – Meeting adjourned. Back to ordering business books.
4:07 – Still ordering. I suppose that this isn’t the most exciting day to be doing the day in the life project. The majority of these little posts aren’t very interesting. Sort of like Twitter.
5:04 – Finished my book orders. Now my CD can relax until August.
5:12 – Going home in about 20 minutes. That was my day.
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