Library Day in the Life…Therapeutic Thursdays = Knitting

Hello Everyone….

This is my final post on Library Day in the Life. My job is not all work and no play. Somedays are stressful…deadlines, ILL processing, Stats reports. However the one thing that makes my world better during the week is *wait for it*  KNITTING

Knitting is therapy. At my office we reserve a conference room and meet every Thursday during lunch. I just completed my second hat. Noro Furisode… looks like a gnome hat *smiles*

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Library Day in the Life- Groovy Day 2

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I’m back for another dose of Library Day in the Life. I won’t bore you with the details of my full-time job as a Library Assistant. I shared here in my previous post. As a Librarian-in-Training, I decided to get an additional part-time job just to keep my reference skills and critical thinking skills fresh while completing my Master’s degree online. I learn better through experiential learning, which my undergraduate college trained me well.

5:40PM-10:00PM

My part-time Library Graduate Intern position at a local private university is very exciting and challenging because I am at the ‘frontline’ circulation desk. I supervise two Student Assistants every shift. My main responsibilities include:

  • Reference Interview/Providing Instructions on navigating databases
  • Capturing Statistics (i.e. Entrance Totals, Money transactions, Ref Stats)
  • Answering Directional questions (i.e. restroom location, print cards)
  • Answering  telephone reference questions
  • Reporting Security Issues
  • Resolving Printing Issues
  • Updating Student barcodes

In this position, I am learning to manage my time better and working with a diverse student body. Today was extremely busy because I answered several call-in reference questions and updated student barcodes (i.e. allows remote access for students to search the database offsite). A couple of interesting questions that I received on the reference desk include:

Question 1: How do I get several articles about ADHD and misdiagnosis? I have to write a reaction paper on this issue.

Answer 1: Here is our Subject Guides section for Psychology & Counseling, which links to the available databases. I showed the student how to navigate the ProQuest Psychology journal database. Subject terms: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Diagnostic errors [Search yields: 61 articles]

Question 2: I need several peer review articles about assessment and education. Does the university have the Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice journal?

Answer 2: Here is the link to search by journal title in the university catalog. If you are unable to locate this title, we can look in the Consortium catalog to see which school has this title. (I showed the student how to navigate the journal title search feature and showed the student how to request the article via Interlibrary loan)

Future Projects– There are three other Library Graduate Interns who are working to develop an instruction course. In the course they will show students the Subject Guides and how to request articles/books from the consortium. I hope to work on creating a short instructional video to demonstrate how to add more money to student accounts for printing.

Library Day in the Life Project

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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