Library Day in the Life – Round 4, Day 4

See: for info on the project. I also participated in the last round in July 2009. You can find all my posts for this project (this round and the last round) by searching the librarydayinthelife tag.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

6:30am – Up. Shower. Breakfast. Coffee. Give cat a small amount of milk in an attempt to appease her as she’s awfully demanding and mouthy this morning.

7:35am – Leave for work. Stayed up a bit late watching the President’s State of the Union Address last night and the post-speech rebuttal, reports, and analysis. Tired today. Notice that my wrist hurts less. It still hurts when I write with a pen/pencil or move/rotate my hand specific ways, but I decide to not wear the brace (although I did bring it with me).

8:11am – Login to work network. Login to email, calendar, chat, other various programs. Open up Voyager cataloging and acquisitions modules and OCLC Connexion. Read email. Forward and respond to necessary messages. Catch up on news feeds, work email listservs. Scan subjects and then delete mass numbers of listserv messages. Start this post.

8:15am – Blinking light on my phone indicating a message. Check voice mail. Message from staff person that they’re out sick. Note on appropriate HR spreadsheet/timesheet for reporting.

8:30am – Mail dropped on my desk. w00t! I received a copy of the issue of Serials Librarian in which my conference report from ALA Annual is published. I can now show it to my grandmother so she can commence bragging (because grandmother’s do that kind of thing – honestly, no one else cares, right?).

Back to more email and reviewing my schedule for the day.

8:50am – Walk around to check in with early arriving staff. Pass out space inventory sheet (preparation and information gathering for our upcoming physical reorganization of the technical services space).

9:30am – Meeting with my boss to touch base.

10:00am-11:40am – Meeting with all the unit and department heads in technical services to review things that affect all of us.

11:45am – Email. Check in with staff. Field trip up to the stacks to see what call number we’re at for barcoding the As.

12:15pm – LUNCH. Read through various news feeds, read through subjects and then delete listserv messages. See that J.D. Salinger died, read memorial on Powell’s Books blog. Well that sucks.

1:00pm – Email and preparation for this afternoon’s CONSER webinar. Had to find my notes from the ALA Midwinter CONSER session. Things have been so busy around here I haven’t had a chance to do any ALA follow up, including reviewing my notes and converting them into reports. That needs to happen, and soon.

1:30pm-2:30pm – CONSER ALA Midwinter Web Follow-up Meeting webinar. CONSER has been using the Elluminate software for online meetings and discussions. It’s working well for us. Also, of all the various webinar software I’ve used over the past year (or more), I like Elluminate best. Good interactive options, intuitive interface, and I have yet to experience connectivity issues or lag time during the sessions. That said, I still goofed and sent a message to all participants when I meant to send it to just one person in response to a question. Sigh. Technology: 1, Shana: 0.

Topics of the webinar included cooperative authentication by CONSER members of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), if changes from CD-ROM to DVD-ROM means a new record (generally no!), more information from Regina Reynolds on ISSN and ISSN-L, and a brief summary of the general (positive) response to the repeatable 260 implementation.

[In the middle of the webinar I notice my wrist has seriously started to ache, probably because I’m taking notes by hand rather than typing, so I put the brace back on.]

2:30pm – Email. Check in with staff I haven’t spoken with because I’ve had back to back meetings much of the day.

3:06pm – Email our metadata specialist asking her to re-run some old reports for me ASAP. So many clean up projects, so little time (well, not really…continuing resources cataloging is pretty much continuous clean up and maintenance projects so we have all the time in the world, it’s just never ending).

3:00pm-5:00pm – Retirement party for a colleague. I didn’t get there until 3:30pm, but fortunately didn’t miss the very nice speeches.

5:05pm-5:15pm – Return to desk. Final check of email. Schedule this post. Log out and close programs. Log out of network, shut down computer. I’m tired, and it’s late and cloudy and cold, so I decide to take the bus home today.

About slmcdanold

I’m learning to laugh at myself on a daily basis. I’m a librarian (cataloger) and I love it. My job involves all things metadata related in any and all formats. I have been known to cause a ruckus when necessary (aka troublesome cataloger) and make no apologies for it. I have a passion for continuing education and teaching. I’m a newbie coder (still learning). I like to cook. I’m a fan of rugby (go Australian Wallabies!) and ice hockey (go Detroit Red Wings!). I’m car-free and bike/walk a lot. I’m learning to love running one stride at a time. I own (and love) a very mouthy cat with a punk attitude and a slightly neurotic rescue mutt.
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One Response to Library Day in the Life – Round 4, Day 4

  1. Shana, Glad to hear you like the Elluminate application for webinars. We're very open to looking to how we can make it better and that chat function you describe is one of the areas we are considering some changes in so you can be Shana 1 Technology 0 instead of the other way around! You can reach out to me at any time at SchreinerDirector, Product ManagementP.S. Have you checked out our Social Learning Network yet at ? There are some private groups of other librarians I believe that you might find interesting.Elluminate, Inc.

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