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Day in the Life, 7, day 2

Today started before my normal arrival time with a planning meeting for an email migration for ~300 staff that was supposed to happen tomorrow. We have not been getting the communication we need to ready staff (and ourselves) for the migration, so we will hold off until we have the answers we need. I have small niggling fears that the noncommunicative unit may just go ahead and migrate us anyway, but we’ll see (fingers crossed!). I have reminded myself that I need to pull the training materials together and get all that organized

Got into my office, booted everything up, and made sure that the software I need for the (first!) one-on-one training I’m doing this afternoon has been installed, and confirmed the meeting. Found some graduate assistant help for preparing to send out training materials to the folks scheduled to migrate.  Spent an hour going through various emails and social networking accounts and browser tabs left open for my attention (yikes! some have been waiting for over a week!). Sent out training announcements to library staff, printed out a few calls for papers, and filed some interesting new articles that came across my search alerts.
Productivity gave way to collegiality when I had a nice surprise visit with a friend and colleague who has been on a long vacation. Chatting is an important part of workplace social glue, you know.
Began prepping to show a colleague how to use SnagIt. It’s been ages since I used it. And to refresh myself, I took the video tour. Wow. RTFM indeed — I learned an awful lot in a very short time! Which is great, because my colleague showed up 30 minutes early. The session went well, she got what she needed to get started, we discussed some other tools that might do what she needs, and she knows to call me if she needs more help.
I spent a few more minutes going through the interwebs and culling interesting stuff into the various places I send or keep track of things (Google Plus, Delicious, Twitter, Evernote, OneNote, Read It Later…). I came across a librarian blogging her personal 23 Things and found myself inspired! (ah, magical inspiration, that mythic leap from point A to point S with no traceable path:) Maybe it’s the Grateful Dead jamming away int eh background? Who knows?) . I’ve been wanting to set up a perpetual hybrid 23 Things-type ongoing training, and I think I know how now! I’ve put together a OneNote on the subject and am typing as fast as my fingers will let me — my brain is outpacing my wpm :)
A nice, slow, summer day in the life of a librarian.


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Library Day in the Life, part 5, Monday

Hi! I’m Rudy Leon, Learning Commons Librarian at the University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I tweet at rudibrarian, you can get me at that name on AIM as well. I have gotten very sporadic in my blogging, but I’m constantly struck at how different every librarian’s job looks, and am always happy to participate in Library Day in the Life events. For more Library Day in the Life participants, check out the wiki.

Today is my first day back in the office after a week out for research. I’m impressed with how completely I disengaged from the day to day during the past week, but it’s time to dive back in.

I arrive at work a touch after 9, early for my technically 10-6 day. It is now 10:11 and I have sorted through a week’s worth of email (so much easier to do over the summer!), checked over the automated test migration of my calendar (imperfect, but I think I can live with it), cleared time on my calendar for working on my portions of the Undergraduate Library’s Unit Annual report, and made a list of agenda items for my 11:00 meeting with my unit head.

This afternoon I am meeting with our newest staff member to introduce him to our loanable technology cataloging contact and make sure he has all the information he needs for taking on this responsibility. He’s a go-getter, tons of initiative and problem solving, and I am out of my league in understanding the relationships between his solutions and various things Cataloging and I have set up for automated report running and maximizing exposure of the loanable technology items. Cataloging is the area I am least knowledgeable and comfortable with and I wish there was a way I could stay that way and still do my job.

Meeting with Unit Head was productive, some issues around project management and graphic design were resolved, and we strategized how to become a battery recycling point for campus. We also decided to not promote our space as a polling space for the November elections and discussed details surrounding how to set up management of our two large displays, and also agreed on the main points for the inaugural meeting of my Learning Commons Council tomorrow.

Post meeting, I looked over email, dealt with the cataloging (again!) side of my lost DVD replacement workflow, and learned of a hitch in the current year replacement project, which has not yet gotten underway. Sent out an email about that, and then with lunch in hand got back to the computer.

Major emails of the morning included much excitement over the DMCA reinterpretation of Fair Use http://www.copyright.gov/1201/, finalizing the elections results for two Library committees, setting up a meeting about turning two quiet study rooms into video production booths, selecting protective cases for the iPads.

This afternoon will be the loanable technology cataloging meeting, a meeting to check in with my practicum student about her last two weeks of work, and then 3 blessed hours of work time. I plan to build the agenda for the Learning Commons Council meeting tomorrow, work on my contribution to the Annual report, and deal with some project management details. We’ll see what actually happens…

More later

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