Day in the life….

Last time the Library Day in the Life went around, I skipped it. I was feeling unproductive at work and didn’t want to share how much time I thought I was spending online in my social networks. This time, however, I am keeping my one New Year’s Resolution of doing more work at work, so here’s my typical day (I hope…we’ll see if anything blows up on me today…)

I am an Electronic Resources and Education Librarian at a small liberal arts school in Nashville, TN. I usually have too much on my plate, so it’ll be interesting for me to see how much I have to do during the day.

6:20am – the alarm goes off, playing NPR. I hit snooze.

6:35 – time to get up and walk the dog and do the morning routine

7:40 – grab a Diet Coke and it’s off to work!

8:00 – try to find a parking place somewhere near the library…Our campus is just like any other- parking is at a premium.

8:05 – make it into the library, and make my way upstairs to my office.

8:10 – eat breakfast (oatmeal) while checking email and checking in on Twitter,FriendFeed, and Facebook. Read a variety of links from Twitter/FriendFeed that look interesting (this morning? see my Delicious links to see what I thought was useful)

8:40 – start going through work emails to see what needs to be done today and what has to be responded to.

9:00-9:30- email inbox is cleaned up, with all remaining emails functioning as today’s “To Do” list.

9:30-10:00 – check links on the library website, update links to new database subscriptions, provided requested usage statistics to subject liaison, email about updating links on our proxy server

10:00-10:30 – send information to various liaisons about their subscriptions, and about a subject guide on the library’s website we are collaborating on; updated more links on the library website, passed on database renewal information to the appropriate parties

10:30-11:00 – walked across campus to pick up the toner cartridge for my printer, stopped for a snack on the way back (yogurt!), and returned to the office for still more emails, chatted with a colleague about a problem we’ve been having with our print release station, updated the problem log for said print release station

11:00-11:30 – prepped renewal invoices for director’s signature, checked in on Twitter and FriendFeed and discovered my Twitter feed has been taken over by LITA-related tweets.

11:30-12:00 – updated the case file for our ongoing print release station problems, looked into a possible problem with our 360 Link


12:30-1:30 – Lunch! Time to escape the building for a bit, even if it is frigid outside.

1:30-2:00 – play catch up after lunch – check emails, fax renewals to publishers, update another subject guide on the library’s website

2:00-2:30 – troubleshoot print release station, answer more emails,

2:30-4:00 – move donated Education books out of a study room so that the students can begin using it again

4:00-4:30 – back to the office to answer emails before going home for the day!


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