Last week, I thought it would be fun to write down everything I was doing for a day at both of the public library's I work at and then blog it. I ended up sitting on it for a while and it's a good thing I did because Sunday, I became aware of the Library Day in the Life Project and round 8 started on Monday!
From the wiki: "The Library Day in the Life Project is a semi-annual event coordinated by Bobbi Newman of Librarian by Day. Twice a year librarians, library staff and library students from all over the globe share a day (or week) in their life through blog posts, photos, video and Twitter updates."
So, I tracked what I did yesterday, too and tweeted on it throughout the day. Here's a look at an average day for me as the young adult librarian at one library, and a clerk/typist in the marketing department of another library.
Job #1 - Young Adult Librarian
9 a.m. - Turned on laminator; checked interlibrary loan requests (one request for a book that was checked out - replied that we could not fill request); packaged and added postage to book that was borrowed by one of our patrons to send back to the lending library; discussed this week's schedule/events with children's librarian; checked e-mail.
9:30 a.m. - Laminated materials for children's librarian.
10 a.m. - Updated the teen blog to announce Hunger Games trivia contest starting next month; printed flyers and bookmarks and set these up around the library.
10:30 a.m. - Looked at YA books that had been donated to the library to determine if we should add them to our YA collection; made quick display of Hunger Games readalikes to go along with trivia contest.
10:50 a.m. - Mail arrives, check in ILL books returned, process book that came in that a patron from our library requested.
11 a.m. - Catch up on e-mails; work on monthly report for the director including information about how many books were added/weeded to the YA collection, how many teens attended each event this month and the plans for the Anti-Valentine's party, Hunger Games trivia and Summer Reading Program.
11:30 a.m. - Leave to go to next job; eat lunch in car; listen to audiobook on way to downtown.
Job #2 - Clerk/Typist II
12:00 p.m. - Checked and followed up on emails; logged into Twitter and determined what to tweet for the library; logged into online calendar of events management system for all branches - 44 events in online calendar to be edited and published - worked on those.
1:30 p.m. - Met with department co-workers and manager for weekly meeting to discuss tasks we're working on.
2:00 p.m. - Edited, formatted and verified event times for print calendar for a branch.
2:15 p.m. - Diet Dr Pepper break.
2:20 p.m. - Worked with marketing manager to discuss setting up Pinterest page for the library; created Pinterest; pinned items, created boards.
3:00 p.m. - Emailed librarians with questions regarding discrepancies in online vs. print calendar; continued working on online calendar events, Pinterest boards, Twitter account and checking emails
4:00 p.m. - Done for the day. Picked up hold at the circulation desk and went home.
Because I'm a library grad student, and a member for a round table group of the state's library association, my librarian-type duties did not end there. I worked on scheduling a meeting with catalogers for an interview assignment for class, sent a "save the date" for a workshop/meeting of the round table that will be held in April and read the online discussion board for my other class before tuning in to "The Bachelor."