Library Day in the Life #7

I wasn’t really going to participate in this round of Library Day in the Life posts, but I changed my mind…so, here goes!  I was on vacation all week last week, so this one is a little more email intensive than most (maybe)

8am – arrive, check with Collection Management Librarian about the link to the library catalog on our website.  Our OPAC server is getting upgraded this week, so we’ll be linking to WorldCat while the catalog is unavailable.  She confirmed the switch, so I updated the website.

8:30am to 10:30am– start digging through the 100+ emails that arrived while I was out of the office last week.  I was keeping an eye on things while I was out, but many of the emails either had to do with things that didn’t affect me or things that I couldn’t do anything about while out of the office.

Make some updates to the library’s website to reflect recent changes in our electronic resources.

Stop to talk to the Education faculty liaison, who stopped by to grab a book.  We talked about the recent release of our allocations budget (and the unpleasant surprises there) and also the possibility of her going back to school for ELL stuff.  Also, she told me who to talk to about the possibility of teaching the Education Technology course here once I’ve finished my M.Ed.  Woot!

Dug out some more emails, answered those, talked to a couple of vendors about existing resources and possible changes to some journal subscriptions.

Worked with a colleague at the local public library to get a webinar scheduled this week as part of Learn & Discover, which I’m chairing again this year.   I’m pretty excited about this webinar, and I hope it gets a good response.

Sent out registration information about a new resource for some of our faculty.

Received trial information for several databases that a faculty member had requested while I was out.  Added them to the library’s website.

11am – 12:30pm Emailed our project manager in PR about the updated library website and some questions I have about it.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to go live with it soon.

Finalized details on the webinar for Learn & Discover and scheduled the test run for the presenters.  Started the PR machine for the webinar as well.

Updated the library’s LibGuides and worked on the new site some.

Worked with the librarian now in charge of scheduling our information literacy sessions to ensure that I know when my classes are scheduled.

12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch!

1:30 pm – 4:30pm chat with Reference Coordinator about what she’d like to do about several pages on the library’s website.  Reminded her of interface change that means a tutorial needs to be updated.

Scheduled meeting with the website committee to preview the updated website.

Chatted with a professor about her subject guide, how to edit it, and some new databases and some of the changes to their subscriptions.

Emailed a vendor about a new subscription.

Called an advisee back about questions left on voicemail.

Worked briefly on the state library association conference.  (I’m co-chair of the program planning committee).

Updated and tidied up the library’s YouTube account in preparation for using the videos on the updated website.

Added video tutorials to the updated website.

Added links to our new LibGuides to the updated website

Helped colleague with a LibGuide issue.

4:30pm – one last check of email and then…. Go home!


Day in the Life (round 6)

I am the Electronic and Educational Resources Librarian at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life #6.  Here’s today’s summary…

8-9am – arrive at work, check in on Friendfeed, Twitter and with my coworkers.  Also, checking email and responding to requests for help from the weekend.  Today’s plan is to work on the Education department’s order and continue prepping for two healthcare and social media sessions I’ll be teaching later this month.

9-10am – answered question about the number of seats for a database and contacted that database about opening more seats for training this week.  Googled for news articles about medical professionals and social media

10-11am – attended a webinar on the Tennessee Electronic Library TEL’em Toolkit; continued searching for resources and examples of social media and healthcare; discussed adding free resources to our databases available in Serials Solutions

11am-noon – hot tea to soothe my scratchy throat and still more resources for social media and pharmacists.  It’s interesting to see the 2.0 discussion in another field 🙂  A quick round of checks on Friendfeed/Facebook/Twitter and some chatting with coworkers round out this hour.

Noon-1pm – lunch!  I try to take my lunch away from my desk most days, if I can.  I find it helps improve my mood and motivation for that afternoon stretch.

1-2pm – post lunch email & social media check; worked on Education book order; answered content coverage question for a database, which led to the discovery of an issue with coverage dates for a library-managed holdings collection in Serials Solutions…ugh.  Add that to the to-do list.  Schedule an instruction session for our Montessori education students.

2-3pm – sent email for the faculty senate committee I’m chairing, requesting awards nominees for university-wide awards to be given this spring; emailed vendor to request updated title list (with correct coverage end dates) for issue in SerSol; sorted the *enormous* stack of e-resource Choice cards on my desk

3-4:30pm – distribute Choice cards to appropriate liaisons; check lingering off-campus access issue for database; talk with ILL person about scanner issues she’s been having over the past week; check to ensure all files needed will be available in case bad weather means I need to work from home later this week (major snow is possibly in the forecast)

Day in the Life #4

I’ve participated in the Library Day in the Life meme before, but I decided to do it again because some things have shifted, at least slightly, in my work life.  So here goes nothing!

I’m the Electronic and Educational Resources Librarian at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

8:30am arrive at my desk after finding a parking space and chatting my way into the building

  • Fire up the computer and make instant oatmeal while waiting for the computer
  • Clean up desk and unearth papers that need to be dealt with today
  • Catch up on social networking sites (Twitter & FriendFeed mostly) and read a few links that look interesting.

9:00am Start to get on with the work of the day

  • look up who’s paying for new ebooks
  • fax ebook order back to OCLC
  • check work email and deal with unfinished business from last week
  • consider what kind of books and information the art education class will need tomorrow
  • answer a random chat reference question
  • pondered the schedule of events for the conference I’m attending next week (Electronic Resources & Libraries)

10:00am Off to man the reference desk!

  • refilled the stapler, loaned out scissors
  • added events for the TnLA annual conference to the Google calendar
  • updated my conference schedule for next week

11:00am still at the reference desk

  • started catching up on Google Reader feeds….still not done 🙂
  • answered questions about how to use Word 2007
  • directed a student to the photography books
  • helped a student access a more specific database for her accounting paper

12:00pm back to my desk

  • 13 emails in 2 hours!
  • sorted, answered, deleted emails
  • made some adjustments to the conference calendar
  • played a couple games of Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook

12:30pm Lunch!

1:45pm back from lunch

  • Sorting through Choice cards
  • talking with Music librarian
  • shelving new materials


  • pulling books for Art Education instruction session tomorrow
  • entering December reference stats for music library
  • helped reference librarian with the “Track Changes” function of Word 2007
  • updated library’s pages with Caldecott & Newbery winners


  • one last round of email checking
  • check in on social networking – Twitter, Friendfeed
  • make sure things are set for the morning

4:30pm Go home!

Another Day in the Life

It’s been a few months since I’ve done this, so I thought I’d share. I’ve had what I would consider a typically random day for me also, so here goes….


  • chat with coworkers in the ILL office


  • check email for overnight emails
  • prepare email address list for the local roundtable I am chair of


  • compose email chairing a virtual business meeting/election for the roundtable, ensuring we are following both Robert’s Rules and our bylaws


  • cleared off desk
  • keeping an eye on email for the virtual business meeting


  • cleaned up emails
  • took care of missing payment for online resource
  • tallied votes for virtual meeting
  • sorted catalogs for Education collection development


  • cleared bulletin board of snowflake display
  • put up spring & alphabet book display
  • organized display materials
  • emailed website suggestion to colleagues
  • rebooted my computer to fix mouse issue


  • attempted to find downloaded file for student that was saved in unfindable location
  • lunch!


  • poked on Envisionware to try to change guest pass settings
  • helped student find primary sources for her Education paper
  • started gathering titles for an updated professional collection for library faculty


  • showed Education students how to do collection development
  • tallied votes for roundtable meeting
  • ran invoices to acquisitions
  • contacted photographers about my wedding
  • wrote this blog post!

As you can see, there is a wide variety of activities during my day, and not all of them are directly related to my job title 🙂

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!