Library Day in the Life, Day 2

25 Jan

It was a balmy 22° F this morning, and I managed to get myself moving enough to grab an earlier bus. Less to do today, but less time to do it in, so the early start is a boon.

Right off the bat, my calendar-generated task list is lighter:  write for 15 minutes, post to the SLA blog. Scanning for topics for the latter could be a good use for the time between more active stuff today.

The anchors to my schedule are the two times in which my day crosses over with the all-day interview being conducted for one of the library director candidates: his presentation at 9am, and his meeting with the entire staff at 3pm. I’ll endeavor to take decent enough notes in the former so as to ask questions a bit more nuanced than, “So, how about them digital projects?” at the latter.

The afternoon slot conflicts with my first reference desk shift of the semester, but I’ve received a special dispensation to go to the meeting. (Why yes, I am a former Catholic; why do you ask?) Which is the other item on my to-do list today, sadly unreflected in either my calendar or my inbox: work out my chat reference schedule for the semester. I need to get a sub for next week, and see if I can change around my weekly shift: it was perfect last semester, but doesn’t work well this semester. Hopefully, noting it here will prompt me to write the necessary emails later.

Now, off to the presentation.

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Presentation was very interesting. Big turnout from throughout CUL, and a lot of good questions, too; I took some notes but decided not to ask my questions this morning, both to give them more time to percolate and to give more time to folks who wouldn’t get a second chance to sit down with the candidate.

Spent some time afterwards comparing notes with my Catherwood colleagues, and then it was off to my semi-daily interlude of heavy objects. Deadlifts being honestly inspirational, I realized that I should’ve posted about Library Day in the Life to the SLA Academic blog. Since there were still 3.5 days left in the week, I rectified my oversight after lunch. (And thus got to cross two items off of my task list.)

Since I was feeling on a roll, I sent out the emails about my reference chat schedule. I really enjoy those shifts, so I want to make sure they mesh well with my semester’s schedule, a decent portion of which is only now getting settled.

Hopefully, I’ll hear back about that this afternoon, and will have a chance to talk with my supervisor about some upcoming travel opportunities. But the second anchor of my day — the candidate’s meeting with the staffs of all three soon-to-be-consolidated libraries — is coming up fast. Need to get my questions in order, and maybe grab a chance to talk to a friend of mine who works down-campus; haven’t caught up with him in far too long.

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Back, with a solid 15 minutes left to finish up this post!

The meeting was interesting, and the candidate gave some very good answers to some very tough questions. I managed to squeeze a couple in, about libraries creating digital resources and facilitating their creation by our constituents (nuance!), and about how the candidate runs meetings (pragmatism!). Felt like I left with a much stronger sense of what the candidate was bringing from his current position, and was impressed.

Wrapping up now, thinking about the bus and dinner and belly-dancing class. Have a good evening, all.

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