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Library Day in the Life 7 – Tuesday & Wednesday

July 28, 2011

In an unusual twist of fate I sat down on Tuesday morning to discover my email inbox was crammed full and far more daunting than it was on Monday morning. Hhmph. It seems students are very keen to get their final degree result but less keen to check they had returned everything to the library and therefore are not all that pleased. I delved in with a happy manner and sent them all they needed to know then I got down to some serious business.

The library I am based in went through a staff restructure before it moved campus’ and there is now just two full-time members of staff, one of them being me, so the workload is quite heavy. I do like this though and the day goes by quickly. It also means I get to try my hand at a little bit of everything. I get to do some cataloguing, a bit of weeding and withdrawing, acquisitions, user education etc. this is what really attracted me to the role. The sheer amount of experience in each division of library work. As I said in the previous post, I just have to make sure I can time manage well.

This week I’ve also been preparing for my dissertation interview on Friday. I emailed the questions to my tutor at lunchtime and she got back to me to say they were all fine and would be more than enough for the time slow. I’m quite nervous about the dissertation and was worried my interview would be over and done with in ten minutes so this was very welcome news.

In the afternoon I prepared the sheets for the stocktake on Wednesday. To be completely honest I am not too sure how they “run” stocktakes elsewhere but due to our old LMS system I have had to run a report for all the books we possess, sort it into Dewey decimal order and then print off the section we are checking. I then compile all the information into a spreadsheet and we’ll get the big picture at the end. (Any information or advice on stocktakes would be great though!) Then my boss and I did some Athens account work where we were extending some accounts and deleting others. Finally, I booked my place at Library Camp which sounds super exciting and something to look forward to in October. Et voila, Tuesday done!

Wednesday on the otherhand…hmm..I was struck down in the prime of my Library Day in the Life week and was off sick. One visit to the doctor later where I (politely) demanded some painkillers and then rested. I do wish on days like this that I can work from home, obviously as I am front facing it’s not quite the same but I’m not quite far up the ladder yet to have the kind of work you can do from home so I felt quite useless all day. That being said I started to draw out some ideas for a leaflet we’ll be giving out in induction sessions in September which made me feel like I was still doing something.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2011 1:35 pm

    The more I read about it, the more this sounds like a great job to have as a first professional post.

    Get well soon, and good luck for Friday. You’ll ace it, I’m sure. After all, an interview is just a conversation with a structure, and you are a good conversationalist 🙂

  2. August 2, 2011 10:23 am

    Thanks Anne 🙂 I really am so grateful to have such a varied and interesting first post, I really love it. Also the interview went brilliantly, I really enjoyed it. Hope the book is going well.

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