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Day in the Life of a Children’s and Youth Librarian

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: librarian, project | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Library Day in the Life is an excellent sharing project conceived by Bobbi Newman who writes the info-and-fun-filled Librarian by day blog. Designed to share what a ‘typical’ day is like for a library worker/student/educator/etc., people everywhere chronicle their day via twitter, blogs, Flickr, YouTube, etc. and share it with other library folk. Perhaps more importantly, it is also hoped that non-library folk experience Library Day in the Life (LDITL). People share and follow various Days in the Life by searching for #libday8 on twitter, blogs, Google+, and so on. Library folk get to read, see and watch what others do – it’s a great opportunity to try on a different Librarian’s hat and/or cardigan for a day. If posts/tweets/photos/videos of our Library Day in the Life are seen by those who dwell outside Libraryland, perhaps we can enlighten interested others as to what we do all day. It may well lead to stellar ideas from others about any aspect of our work days: ideas about tech, management, promotions, task prioritising, and so on. Sharing our days may result in collaborations, myth-busting, who knows?! The process also helps the individual reflect on how effectively they use their time at work, and at home. Library Day in the Life forces participants to analyse our prioritisation of workloads: we see what tasks demand the most of us, and what are neglected. This is the 8th round – hence #libday8 – of this very valuable and fun exercise.

I have a new desk!

#libday8

I’m starting with when I rise to indicate when I start learning, sharing & ‘living’ in Libraryland i.e. when I start reading twitter, RSS feeds, blogging, etc. I’ve not included after work because I didn’t really visit Libraryland as I didn’t bring any work home or go online, or read any work related stuff. I did mention I have a new baby, right?!

6.00am Awake, get up.

6.05-6.30 Nurse #GeeBee (who?), make coffee, open twitter, and google docs for recording #libday8 notes.

6.30 Trawl twitter, watch new Hunger Games trailer then tweet it to personal and work accounts.

6.40 Keep drafting another blog post.

6.45 Meander around net reading music stuff…. drink coffee, and goo-and-gaa at sleeping baby!

7.05 Remember cool idea for tumblr post, find YouTube clip and queue post.

7.10 Trawl tumblr feeds; so much eyecandy and earcandy!

7.20 More blog post draft, twitter links, coffee drinking, #GeeBee soothing/cuddling/stoking-out-on.

7.40 Save draft, wake most excellent wife J., then shave, shower, get ready for work.

8.20 Somehow pries myself away from #GeeBee and drive to work. Take work ideas and tasks notes on post-it as I drive – safely!

8.55 Arrive work. Only 5min early; this year I am aiming to (mostly) only work rostered hours to keep a better work/life balance.

9.00 Switch on pc, check for any urgent email, fill in calender, check diary, eat nuts – NTS make breakfast!

9.05 Allocate new items. Trying to do this as soon as they come in, to give people current items asap. Sounds fair, right?!

9.15 Create draft version of annual events calender for manager to take to managers’ meeting.

9.50 Morning tea, info share featuring cake – clichés are true :)

10.00 Library open (til 8pm)

10.05 Email supervisor two questions to ponder. This year I am trying not to ask too many questions in person – i.e. less interruptions. Hmmmm, see how I go!

10.10 Continue events document.

10.45 Allocate more new items. Help customer with photocopier.

11.00 Read about proposed staffing restructure.

11.10 – 11.35 Discuss library newsletter, dubious image searches!, future event planning with my supervisor.

11.45 Meet local community group who use library in rain. This is occasional; I would like to offer our space to more groups, because it is not our space, it is theirs. Oh and surely community driven space is the future of librarianship, if not the present.

11.50 Print promos/posters/flyers for 2012 programs.

12.15pm Tidy up task list, flagged items in Outlook (MPOW email client). Help customer find Captain Underpants book.

12.30 Lunch in lunchroom with colleagues.

1.00 Email local primary school about library lesson attendance in 2012.

1.20 Fill in paper diary. Still using this, but for how long?

1.28 Had a great idea (an aha moment!) for project with local primary school – must flesh this out, and follow through…

1.30 Prepare for serials (magazines) meeting.

2.00 Serials meeting.

3.25 Cup of tea (at desk) while checking emails. Help customer find books similar to the ever-popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books; we have Big Nate books. (Do you know any other read-alikes?)

3.30 Event planning document discussion with supervisor.

4.30 More emails, tidy desk, make list for Monday.

4.40 Learn I need to come in for early shift on Monday for non-fiction and adult fiction selection – good practice.

5.10 Leave. (Only 10mins late, an improvement on average finishing times of last year.)

So that’s my day, thanks for reading! (You can my previous LDITL posts here and here.)

Please leave a link to your LDITL in the comments. Or even a link to or paragraph about your NON-Library Day in the Life. Sharing is caring!


Comments
  • jo March 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    hey there, what a fun day!! Just emailed you a list of Diary of a wimpy kid read-a-likes :-))

    • dpgreen March 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Yes indeed Jo, a fun day! And varied too, which is one of the things I love about my job. Thanks so much for the list, I (and our customers) really appreciate it. Now, to do some book shopping! :)