July 30, 2010

Library Day in the Life: Round 5, Day 5 (Friday)

Today was way more hectic than I thought it would be. I'm downtown today -- it's Friday, and there are three librarians here instead of just two switching off, but a lot of students had questions!

8:00-10:00am - Worked in my office, caught up on some reading (nods to College & Research Libraries and 100 Ways to Reach Your Faculty (PDF)), and was glad to hear a friend from library school got a full-time job at a public library. Also found out that I get to represent the library for a new student orientation coming up for fall semester -- I'm excited!

10:00-12:30pm - Had a training for all librarians on our campus registration & financial aid processes. We learned what steps the students go through, what paperwork they need, and what they can do with their campus management accounts. We get so many questions about this stuff right before the semesters start, so we were glad to get some training.

12:30-1:15pm - At the reference desk, helping mostly speech students with finding pictures for their presentations, how to put photo sources in a bibliography, and how to cite the sources parenthetically in PowerPoint. Explained the difference between informing and persuading and showed a student how to make her persuasive-y section headings more informative-y. Only blocked one porn site today and one download.

1:15-1:45pm - My turn for a quick lunchbreak. Since you must be dying to know what I ate, yes, I will tell you: half of a PB&J sandwich on whole wheat bread, an apple, and tortilla chips with 1/2 an avocado + lemon juice. I had to throw it together before I ran out the door this morning but think I did alright.

1:45-3:00pm - Back on the desk, answering a lot of similar questions as before. Students here are incredibly nice and always say thank you to us for our help. I'm not helping people just for recognition, but it's nice to get a thank you sometimes.

3:00-4:00pm - Office time. I would have liked to go to our second floor and map out the floor plan and location of subjects and call numbers for a map we will be giving students (already did the first floor). I'd like more time all at once so I can get it finished in one shot, so might work better on Monday. I leave at 4pm a few days a week since I participate in our Wellness Program, where if you agree to workout for an hour, the college gives you a half hour off (they contribute a half hour, and you contribute a half hour). It rules especially since I like to work out anyhow.

Next week, I'll be reading over our HOLA (Honing Outcomes & Learning Assessment) and QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) materials more, as well as Bloom's Taxonomy, and then I will begin working on my zines lesson plan for a humanities class!