Library Day in the Life – Round 8, Day 5

This post is part of Library Day in the Life project. See the Library Day in the Life wiki for info on the project. I also participated previous rounds. You can find all my posts for this project by searching my blog’s librarydayinthelife tag. You can also follow my Twitter posts @slmcdanold with the hashtag #libday8.
Friday, February 3, 2012 
I have much better luck making the bus this morning, but I forgot my travel mug full of coffee. I make a small detour between the bus stop and the library to buy coffee, again.
8:05am – Arrive at desk, my precious brew in hand. Login to the work network. This is followed by logging in to email, my work calendar, Voyager and Connexion, opening GTalk, opening a browser (Firefox at work, but Chrome at home), and logging in to various web programs (including Evernote), start TweetDeck.
Read email. Forward and respond to necessary messages. Catch up on news feeds, work email listservs, and library-related Twitter lists. Scan subjects and then delete mass numbers of listserv messages.
Check calendar to find out what’s on today’s schedule.
Walk over to supervisor’s office to check in on a couple of backlog clean up projects we are working on: catching up on the Hebrew and South Asia materials.
Email off weekly timesheet report for staff to Library HR office.
Earlier this week the slate for the NASIG 2012 elections were announced. I’m up for secretary this year. We’ll see what happens this time around as I’ve been on the slate before, but not elected. And apparently my opponent has friends that have volunteered to campaign for her! Oh dear. I better get on that as the ballots go out Feb. 27th. (hee!)
10:00am – Meeting to discuss preservation issues for serial back volumes.
Brief break of about 20 minutes between meetings to check email. 
11:00am – Meet with serials acquisitions librarian to sort out some issues with Hebrew serial titles that have been identified as our Hebraica cataloger makes headway on the backlog. Non-Roman scripts can cause confusion and things get linked to incorrect records, issues get skipped because of lack of proper title Romanization, etc. So we’re clearing the confusion the best we can when we find the problems. Fortunately this takes all of 15 minutes to walk through and explain them and we can both move on to other things.
Since I have some unscheduled time that on my calendar looks like I’m occupied, I spend some time on that list of “web” location holdings that are problems. Turns out there’s more than just the reserves issue that has shown up on our report. We also have random duplicate holdings, missing subfields, mysterious “web” holdings on print titles, and more. So it looks like we’re going to have to go through all 269 titles one by one and by hand to fix them.
Noon – LUNCH.
12:30pm – I get some excellent news that the “new” workflow for individually purchased ebooks is up and running! We have it set up now that when an ebook is purchased, a brief record is put into our catalog so the payment record and invoice can be created. This payment record is suppressed. Once access is turned on, the payment record is unsuppressed, the URL from the vendor for our access is added to the bib, and the now unsuppressed brief bib is picked up by a daily report so it can be fully cataloged. Since we’re adding the access URL to the brief bib, the public will have access immediately so if there’s a delay in cataloging there’s no impact on access. Now I just have to train myself to go retrieve the report every morning…
Send a few emails regarding the LITA/ALCTS Library Code Year Interest Group. We have approval from both ALCTS and LITA so we’re legitimate!! YAY! ::Kermit flail:: Our ALCTS approval is conditional on some wordsmithing and revisions to the group purpose, but they approved us so we can move forward due to some impending deadlines. We’re submitting our A/V and meeting room request for ALA Annual 2012 in Anaheim, CA! Watch the catcode wiki, catcode Twitter list, and the ALA Connect Code Year space for details. And don’t be afraid to sign up (whether you’re participating in Code Year or not) and join us in learning to code or improving our coding skills together.
Back to the spreadsheet of “web” location holdings. It’s like I have 269 problem children who need individual attention. I do filter as much as possible, but I still have to check each and every one.

It’s been a long day of staring at a screen full of MARC code and spreadsheets.


2:00pm – Meet with colleague to put together the charge for the subgroup to investigate the various metadata schema available that can accommodate preservation, descriptive, structural, and administrative elements for a wide variety of types of materials that may be included in the digital repository.


Give staff person the monthly report of items that are officially declared lost. 


3:45pm – Final email check. Clean out email listservs. Check Twitter and blog feeds. Schedule this post.


4:00pm – Shut things/programs down and log out from work network. Shut down (restart) computer. Leave work. 


I have to get out of here a bit early today as I’m attending an “Introduction to Python” workshop (more coding!) tonight and all day tomorrow sponsored by PhillyPUG / PyStar Philly. I need to get home to pack up my laptop and head out so I’m not late tonight (especially given my bus karma this week)! I did the intro to Python class last September, but it didn’t really stick. So when the opportunity to take it again came up, I jumped at the opportunity. I’m hoping my Code Year work has helped so it sticks better this time.

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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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