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

 

Activity: Walking in our college’s first 5K Dash for Scholarships
Date: October 12, 2013

The “Bookin’ Librarians” chose athletic/workout attire from several decades as our theme. I transformed my son’s stroller into a bookcart too. 

Activity: Usability Testing
Working with our library website, we’re constantly looking at ways to improve it. This takes the form of usability testing in many cases. Sometimes it feels like we’re on the verge of begging for volunteer testers so when another UC department put out a call for testers, I volunteered. This was a card sorting exercise. One unexpected perk: Free cookies for my time!

Activity: Usability Testing

Working with our library website, we’re constantly looking at ways to improve it. This takes the form of usability testing in many cases. Sometimes it feels like we’re on the verge of begging for volunteer testers so when another UC department put out a call for testers, I volunteered. This was a card sorting exercise. One unexpected perk: Free cookies for my time!

Task: Voting in the 2013 ALA Elections
As with most things, you have to make your voice heard if you want and expect change. Being a voting member of ALA is no different. It can be a bit overwhelming but ALA provides lots of resources to help you make a knowledgeable choice. If you’re on any library listservs you may also receive candidate announcements as well. 

Check out the ALA Election Guide page for more info. I also suggest the Election Flipbook.  

Task: Voting in the 2013 ALA Elections

As with most things, you have to make your voice heard if you want and expect change. Being a voting member of ALA is no different. It can be a bit overwhelming but ALA provides lots of resources to help you make a knowledgeable choice. If you’re on any library listservs you may also receive candidate announcements as well. 

Check out the ALA Election Guide page for more info. I also suggest the Election Flipbook.  

Task: Sorting Through Junk Mail
I get lots of flyers, announcements and catalogs from a variety of book publishers in both print and electronic format. Some I regularly use to purchase items for the collection. Most are the result of signing up for info at the various library conferences. Every so often I will set aside time to remove myself from mailing lists and/or pass information along to interested colleagues.

Task: Sorting Through Junk Mail

I get lots of flyers, announcements and catalogs from a variety of book publishers in both print and electronic format. Some I regularly use to purchase items for the collection. Most are the result of signing up for info at the various library conferences. Every so often I will set aside time to remove myself from mailing lists and/or pass information along to interested colleagues.

thatdorkyguy:

This is my tie for Banned Book Week, made out of caution tape left over from our library’s display.

What a super creative way to promote Banned Books Week in the library!

thatdorkyguy:

This is my tie for Banned Book Week, made out of caution tape left over from our library’s display.

What a super creative way to promote Banned Books Week in the library!

Task: Updating the Library’s Animoto Video
I do quite a bit of marketing and promotion for my library, especially if it involves technology. It use to be a larger part of my job description but not so much these days. My library has moved into a temporary location while our old space undergoes a major renovation. Our college has also had a name change so our previous Animoto video is seriously outdated. Once I get it updated the Animoto video will be posted on our website; used in library instruction sessions for FYE courses; and/or embedded into the Library Research section of various Blackboard courses. 
I’ll post the final video once it’s done.

Task: Updating the Library’s Animoto Video

I do quite a bit of marketing and promotion for my library, especially if it involves technology. It use to be a larger part of my job description but not so much these days. My library has moved into a temporary location while our old space undergoes a major renovation. Our college has also had a name change so our previous Animoto video is seriously outdated. Once I get it updated the Animoto video will be posted on our website; used in library instruction sessions for FYE courses; and/or embedded into the Library Research section of various Blackboard courses. 

I’ll post the final video once it’s done.

JCLC panel session feedback via Twitter. So appreciative that @CharlotteRock took the time to share this. This is the stuff that carries me through on days when I don’t feel like a rock star librarian.

JCLC panel session feedback via Twitter. So appreciative that @CharlotteRock took the time to share this. This is the stuff that carries me through on days when I don’t feel like a rock star librarian.

ACRL Diversity Standards

We discussed the ACRL Diversity Standards at the JCLC session titled, “Let’s Talk About It! Best Practices for Cultural Competencies.” I was very pleased to learn that my library and larger university community seems to be ahead of the curve and doing a great job addressing diversity throughout our organization. This helps to reaffirm my efforts and commitment to diversity in my library. 

A fuzzy image of attendees noting the standards that they feel are most important.

A fuzzy image of attendees noting the standards that they feel are most important.

Library Diversity Wiki

I attended the JCLC session titled: Getting Together To Go Forward: The Lesson of Diversity Initiatives and How to Implement Them at Your Library. The session was led by graduates from various library diversity initiatives who discussed their experiences and summarized their programs’ outcomes. The link leads to a wiki that provides more information about various diversity initiatives.