A day in the life of a librarian €“ Friday

The following is a description of my day on Friday 30th January…

06:45 -up and at ’em. You can probably guess the routine by now; shower, breakfast and out of the door to catch the bus.

08:25 – if there’s one thing writing up the details of my week has taught me it’s that I am bound by routine. I get to work, I check my personal email then open up Outlook and begin the work day checking what new things have come up overnight.

09:00 – it’s my final desk duty of the week and bound to be another quiet one. I get a few requests to help find/reserve/renew books and some printing and photocopying credit purchases. I finalised the new guide template and sent it to the team for approval. Updated the induction checklist and finished the induction timetable for our new member of staff starting on Monday. My final task before lunch was to deal with a few access queries for a database survey we’re running.

13:00 – an hour for lunch gives me plenty of time to run into town to do a couple of jobs – I bought a new pair of work shoes and some light bulbs! Picked up a yummy lunch from Mortons (lemon pepper tuna baguette) which I ate at my desk.

14:00 – I’ve had the latest issue of Managing Information on my desk for over a week now. As I like to leave my desk clean and clear on a Friday night I could ignore it no longer. I read this, CILIP Update and Gazette and caught up on my professional RSS feeds.

15:10 – my meeting about Capital IQ with my trainee keeps getting postponed and is now set for Monday. To be sure I’m ready I wrote up my notes from the refresher I did and produced a quick tips guide.

16:30 – the guide templates I sent out earlier finally got their moment; I spent a good half hour trying to justify the design decisions to a colleague. In the end I decided that whatever I produced would not have gained her approval and took the overall opinion from the team which is that considering we had no real branding before and no consistency in our guides that these new templates were pretty good. What is of most concern to me is that the longer we spend trying to agree on a design that suits everyone in the team it delays us producing any new guides which are much needed.

17:15 – before leaving I did a quick check round to make sure everything was set for our new member of staff. To markt the end of the week I met up with Laura and a couple of other librarians from our organisation to have dinner (at Pizza Express) followed by a Cookie Monster at a local ice cream parlour.

21:30 – we made it home and washed down dessert with a cup of tea before bed.

A day in the life of a librarian €“ Thursday

The following is a description of my day on Thursday 29th January…

07:15 – it’s another late shift for me today. I woke briefly around 07:15 to say goodbye to Laura and decline the offer of a cup of tea.

08:30 – I finally managed to rouse myself and sat in bed doing some jobs on the laptop.

09:00 – I got up, showered and popped to the shop for some groceries. Got back with just enough time to watch episode 6 of The Wire whilst eating breakfast.

11:05 – left home to catch the bus to work.

11:45 – no sooner had I walked through the door at work was I back in discussions about our loans and renewal policy. As the debate rumbled I caught up with email that had come in during the morning.

12:20 – we’re doing some training next week for the staff in the Careers department where they each have to learn about one of our databases and then present to the rest of the group how their given database can be used to help with a careers research. Each member of careers staff has a mentor from the library to help them with the task. Before my meeting with my trainee I take some time to refresh my knowledge of our given database, Capital IQ.

13:30 – after my database training I spend some time making updates to the various intranet sites the library manages and update a few reading lists with new details.

15:15 – whilst covering the staff break on the helpdesk I pick up a research enquiry from a member of staff in the development office; to find some brief bio details for an MD at BMW. What at first seems like a simple task takes me most of the rest of the day!

17:00 – having recently changed roles in the team I’ve got a fair bit of paperwork to go through and lots of things to sign. Whilst doing this I get involved with yet another branch of the loans/renewal debate which this time including our policy on weeding offprints.

18:45 – closed up the library and went to catch the bus home. In the bus queue I met a student and passed a pleasant journey chatting about music and the University’s lgbt societies.

20:00 – on arriving home I helped Laura with dinner, ate and washed up.

21:00 – rounded off the evening with an episode from the final series of ER followed by the repeat of the evening’s Benders (Eastenders) episode.

22:30 – read a bit in bed before lights out.

A day in the life of a librarian €“ Wednesday

The following is a description of my day on Wednesday 28th January…

06:45 – today is my first normal day at work this week. I get up, shower, eat breakfast and get out of the house by 07:45 to catch the bus. A typical journey into town take 20-30 minutes. You can add at least another 10 during rush hour. So I usually get into town around 08:30.

08:35 – I’m first in at work. Switch on the lights in the library and office computers on. My routine in the mornings when I’m in before 08:45 is to check my personal email before opening anything up for work.

08:45 – it’s my day to open up the library today. This basically involves collecting in all the books left on tables overnight, making sure all the computers are on and set to the login screen, clearing the printers and stocking them with paper and opening up the helpdesk.

09:05 – I have a quick meeeting withmy boss in which we set priorities for the next week or so.

09:40 – my main task this morning is to work on the library branding so that we can get going with the new set of library guides. I’m intermitently interrupted with questions from the desk and IT issues to resolve.

12:00 – I’m on the helpdesk this afternoon so on an early lunch. I eat a tuna salad sandwich and catch up on my RSS feeds.

13:00 – the library is pretty quiet for my shift on the desk except for a few membership registrations and queries about finding/reserving/renewing books I spent the majority of my desk shift working on the induction timetable for our new member of staff , reorganising my files and discussing our loans policy.

17:00 – after coming off the desk I dealt with a few lingering email queries from earlier in the day and left around 17:15 to catch the bus home.

18:15 – Wednesdays need a quick turnaround because Laura’s out at choir. After dinner I settled in to  the regular evening chores; washing up, emptying the cat’s litter tray and on a Wednesday emptying the bins.

19:30 – I called my folks to make some arrangements for their visit in a couple of weeks while sending out my team list for Saturday’s hockey match.

20:00 – Wednesday nights are my TV nights – today I watch episode 5 of The Wire and then the repeat of last night’s episode of CSI.

22:15 – Laura arrives home from choir, we had a cuppa and caught up with each other’s day.

22:55 – I only managed a couple of pages of my book before sleep caught up with me.