8:56 – Replaced Valarie at the reference desk. My hands are full of highlighters, articles, and my planner. In a sort of analog tribute to my Google calendar, I color code my next few weeks: green for the reference desk, blue for meetings, orange for instruction, pink for administrative affairs, yellow for professional development…
11:21 – I’ve spent the past 20 minutes reading an interesting blog post at Twitter Backlash, researching the history of RSS, and writing my class outline for Thursday.
12:30 to 1:30 – Lunch at University Pizza & Deli with Kh. Topics of conversation: methodological solipsism, is solipsism essentially an idealist position, what happens when a tree falls in the forest and the only people around are deaf (actually, this is a fascinating take on a hackneyed problem), whether Kh should enroll in the legal assistant program at UTC, bills, caving this Saturday, the use of portable barcode scanners for collection weeding, symbolic criticism of papal authority in the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, and how Mormons swear.
3:00 to 4:00 – Weekly Reference & Instruction Meeting, where many strange and arcane secrets were discussed. I would discuss what we talked about, but that would violate the sacred trust and mystery of library committee meetings. At least until the minutes are sent out via e-mail.
4:05 to 5:16 – Epic research consultation. Due to a calendar mix-up, I was given a spur-of-the-moment research consultation with a doctoral student. Requirements: database tutorials, Endnote tutorial, citation tracking, controlled vocabularies, and so much more. I nailed it.
5:18 – Writing this, preparing to leave.