My life as an academic librarian at a regional branch campus. Day-to-day activities, projects and other odds & ends.

 

One Week in the Life of a Librarian

Love this infographic on a week in the life of a librarian

Date: May 8, 2014

Activity: Staffing the Library table at Summer Start Student Orientation. New students starting classes in summer semester came in for orientation. I was on hand to talk about the library resources and services. 

Date: May 12, 2014
Activity: Re-recording audio for Captivate. Now that our new website has launched all of our tutorials need to be updated. In order to keep our new librarian in charge of tutorials, Kellie, from completely re-doing all of the tutorials from scratch, I updated a slide of audio for her until the time comes to recreate all new tutorials. 

Date: May 12, 2014

Activity: Re-recording audio for Captivate. Now that our new website has launched all of our tutorials need to be updated. In order to keep our new librarian in charge of tutorials, Kellie, from completely re-doing all of the tutorials from scratch, I updated a slide of audio for her until the time comes to recreate all new tutorials. 

Date: March 17, 2014
Activity: I was sitting at the Ref Desk and a familiar student walks up and sits down. She then begins to tell me about a friend that she recently met who needs help. The friend didn’t have a supportive family and the student was very worried about her. She asked if I would be willing to speak to her friend. I’m in no way equipped to handle these types of situations but thankfully, our college just hired a new school psychologist. I told the student about the psychologist and walked her down to the psychologist’s office. Luckily, the psychologist was in and available. It was such an unexpected encounter but I’m pleased that I was able to connect them. These are a few of the brochures that are available in the psychologist’s waiting area.

Date: March 17, 2014

Activity: I was sitting at the Ref Desk and a familiar student walks up and sits down. She then begins to tell me about a friend that she recently met who needs help. The friend didn’t have a supportive family and the student was very worried about her. She asked if I would be willing to speak to her friend. I’m in no way equipped to handle these types of situations but thankfully, our college just hired a new school psychologist. I told the student about the psychologist and walked her down to the psychologist’s office. Luckily, the psychologist was in and available. It was such an unexpected encounter but I’m pleased that I was able to connect them. These are a few of the brochures that are available in the psychologist’s waiting area.

Date: March 16, 2014
Activity: Collecting fines for overdue reserve books. I was on call for both Reference and Circulation so when a student wanted to pay a fine, I took care of it. We only accept cash for fines under $20. Looking forward to going to a totally online system that would eliminate this task in the future.

Date: March 16, 2014

Activity: Collecting fines for overdue reserve books. I was on call for both Reference and Circulation so when a student wanted to pay a fine, I took care of it. We only accept cash for fines under $20. Looking forward to going to a totally online system that would eliminate this task in the future.

Date: March 16, 2014

Activity: We’re in the home stretch of a new website launch. I called a meeting to do an overview of our site with my library faculty colleagues. Even though it’s a web project, I still resort to pen and paper for many of my notes.  

Date: March 16, 2014

Activity: Wearing one of my favorite library t-shirts in honor of National Library Week.

Date: March 9, 2014

Activity: Traveled (it’s roughly a 45 minute commute one-way) to the Health Sciences Library for a meeting. I’m on a sub-group that’s reviewing our Subject Lists. The lists are getting pretty long and we’re trying to find a better way to structure them that will still allow for new subjects in the future should we need them. 

I love the architecture of the Health Sciences Library. They’re one of the only library on campus with an outdoor bookdrop. 

Our Health Sciences Library was recently ranked 14th Most Impressive Medical School Library. Check it out here.

Date: March 8, 2014
Activity: All of the books I’ve been ordering are slowly starting to roll in. I had to flag them for our Tech Services Manager so she could finish processing them and get them out on the shelves.

Date: March 8, 2014

Activity: All of the books I’ve been ordering are slowly starting to roll in. I had to flag them for our Tech Services Manager so she could finish processing them and get them out on the shelves.