Library Day in the Life Project

Hello Everybody!!!!

This week is the Eighth Annual Library Day in the Life Project and I am happy to participate this year. Why am I excited about this project? Because everyone knows that Librarians/Information Professionals are awesome. *Smiles*

I work full-time at a non-profit foundation in Washington, D.C. as a Library Assistant. My responsibilities include opening and closing the Research Center. I handle all Interlibrary Loan requests, reconciling invoice charges for borrowing materials, and cataloging. Here’s my recap of Monday’s business:

ImageAgenda:

6:30AM- Catching the train from Baltimore to D.C. (rocking John Legend on the iPod)

7:30AM-8:30AM- Processing Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests and follow-up with lenders (via telephone/email)

8:40AM-9:00AM- Sort mail and update Serial holdings via Voyager. Grabs a cup of tea.

9:00AM- noon – original cataloging. Printing labels and calling co-worker to get clarification on how to make OPAC match OCLC record holdings. For two months I have been training on how to catalog original reports and copy-catalog books given to us as gifts. This very rewarding, but I can live without all the Webinar Trainings.

Noon- 1PM- LUNCH TIME. Nothing to mention.

1PM-2:30PM- processing ILL requests and following up on missed borrowing materials. (i.e. emails and telephone calls).

2:30PM-2:45PM- Breaking to stretch my legs and visit a neighbor down the hall.

2:45PM- 4:30PM- de-coding [resolving]  ‘secret’ Voyager technical issue. Our Systems Librarian wrote a policy manual before they took another job. Well…the steps in the book AREN’T self-explanatory. I was on the phone with the Library Manager trying to figure it out. A headache plus tracking down the latest versions of a freeshare FTP program to help with downloading overdue notices from Voyager.

4:45PM-5:00PM- Closing Procedures include: shutting down computer, recycling paper, magazines, and straightening up furniture.

5:00PM- Hit the subway home. Oh the joys of public transportation in D.C. *SUPERSIZED serving of sarcasm*.

Day in the Life…See Ya Tomorrow

2012: The Year Ahead

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2012 New Year’s Day Meal

I am looking a head in 2012 as a year of continued progress and practicing optimism. I am by nature a  ‘Glass-Half-Empty’ person, but understand the value of practicing optimism in my daily life as a tool to get through life challenges. So before I get on my soapbox to start spouting my life philosophy, I have decided to focus on a small list of measurable goals for 2012.

  1. Have fun while in Library School– hahahaha (it’s possible, I’m determined!)
  2. Blog More- Focus more on library related issues and the occasional snow mishaps [lol]
  3. Incorporate book reviews in my blog— I already have a list of books 🙂
  4. Attend one genealogy/library conference- Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (already on list)
  5. Complete 3 Knit Projects- Hat, Mittens, blanket (already have the yarn)

 

Interesting Blogs

Deep South Dish– awesome recipes for the Southern transplant.

Joint Conference of Librarians of Color– Sept 19-23 in Kansas City, Missouri

Ravelry– Online Knit & Crochet Community