Time for another round of Library Day in the Life. Unfortunately, you’ve caught me in the summer semester, so there isn’t much going on, other than designing a zombie-themed video game, redeveloping video tutorials, rewriting the ENGL 1010/1020 classes from scratch, creating a plagiarism website for the university, rolling out LibGuides for Fall semester, weeding 15,000 titles, ordering for the departments of Accounting, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, and Religion, and…oh yeah…working at the first library to go live with the new OCLC WMS. Migrating our ILS…in six weeks…
1:25 a.m. – I suppose my day starts early: giving Liam a bottle at 1:00 in the morning. But, these late-night feedings are a good way for me to mentally prepare for work in the morning. To do: complete a presentation on the new library-wide marketing campaign, work on some advertising, finish the interactive LibGuides plagiarism page, order a desk copy of the textbook I’m teaching out of next semester, work the reference desk, e-mail Tom with some tutorials on the new LexisNexis interface, storyboard the Omnifile video, meet with Steve about the faculty publications display…
9:05 – Listening to Scriabin; halfway through my PowerPoint presentation. I know, I know…PowerPoint is the devil. But, I don’t use PowerPoint in the normal fashion. For example, I don’t use any templates, preferring to manually animate crazy text events. My last presentation consisted of only three slides, with an average of 35 animations per slide (entrance, exit, etc.). Truthfully, I would prefer writing presentations in Flash, but I still don’t have CS5 on my machine. 😦
10:10 – Finished with the PowerPoint, now to create some adverts in Gimp.
10:37 – Scouring the interwebs for examples of library logos.
11:04 – On the reference desk. Remote desktop. Still working on graphic design stuff. Why is designing a library logo so dang difficult? Apparently, most libraries use some variation on books (but we’re not just books anymore) or PCs with CRT monitors (welcome to 1997). I need inspiration for a 21st century logo.
11:24 – Why does the reference desk area smell like feet?
11:37 – Provided a guest log in to a visiting professor from Texas.
11:45 – I completely forgot about the August newsletter. Added to my To-Do list for tomorrow.
12:37 – Kh IMs me and says that there is a strange man at our house cutting the grass. I’ll take my lunchbreak and go home to check things out.
1:48 – The mystery man was nowhere to be found. This is especially odd since I just cut the grass yesterday. C’est la vie.
2:33 – going through Ambassador for books that I may want for the business collection.
4:35 – Working on the bathroom newsletter, the new library logo, and some advertising, all at once. Today has turned out to be a very visual day.
4:56 – I’m going to call it quits on this blog for the day. Nothing terribly exciting happened. Perhaps I’ll reblog tomorrow with some more interesting librarianship,
8:53 – The majority of #libday5 participants are tweeting their days in 140-character-or-less bursts of heavily abbreviated Twit-speak. I’ve gone through two separate Twitter accounts: I can never make it more than about three months before the banality drives me insane and I delete my account. Then again, less than 2% of the people I know Tweet. Specifically, I know three people that tweet and each one is a current coworker. I also have 146 Facebook friends, all of whom I know in person. That works out to 2.05%. Throw in the 150, or so, people I know that don’t have Facebook profiles, and we’re down around 1%. I think that (more so than cynicism) I avoid Twitter because I don’t know anyone there.