As with the previous two times I blogged my work week in detail, this has been a fun exercise. Our library’s work patterns have shifted dramatically in the last year, due both to changing expectations from our public and from changes made by Boss that are bringing us closer to her ideal of what library service should be. We are making significant changes to the layout of our building, to the size and scope of our collection, and to the way we staff our service points. Like all other libraries, we are feeling the squeeze of an excruciatingly tight economy, and in addition, we are preparing for the arrival of a new library director. We are completing our first web 2.0 staff continuing-ed campaign (27 Things). In many ways the changes have been stressful, but I feel they’ve also pushed us to be more creative and responsive. If I do this again next year, it will be interesting to see how this year’s changes have re-shaped the services and capabilities we will be offering then.
So – on to Saturday, the last day of my work week. I tidied up all – well, most – of the loose ends from the last several days. August Audiobook Bulletin, check. Playaway review file for cataloger so he can correct item type, check. Those were the two biggies.
I also selected several books to share with 60 second-graders coming for a library visit next Wednesday, and made a checklist of topics to cover with them. Who’s library is this? How much does it cost to borrow books? What else can you borrow from the library? Is the library online? I’m covering for our children’s librarian, who is away for a couple of weeks, and it’s been a while since I’ve done a second grade class visit. Debating whether to read Pete Seeger’s Abiyoyo or Trivizas’ Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. Preferences?
We “soft-launched” My InfoQuest – text for answers – on our web site. We are participating in this collabortive text-reference project with about 50 other libraries across the country. Our shift is on Tuesday night, and I don’t want to log in today and bollox up the librarians who have the Saturday shift. However, being curious, I logged in last night after the service closed for the weekend, and discovered there were a couple of questions from Sacramento that sounded like patron questions and not like curious library staff testing the service. Hooray! Print publicity will be distributed by next weekend.
Next big project to consume me: preparing a computer class for the public on “Finding People Using the Internet‘” which is scheduled for August 15. How do I divide it? Dead people vs living? Directories vs social networks? Free vs fee-based? Umm … let me think …
Oh, and five hours on the reference desk.