As I mentioned in my first #libday5 post, I am a graduate student, and I’m not taking any summer classes. I somehow managed to end up with three summer jobs, which is a record for me. The jobs are:
- I’m a student assistant in the Information Services department of Gorgas Library at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.
- I’m the summer Project Manager of the Computer Training for People with Intellectual Disabilities Project.
- I’m an editorial assistant for the 2010 ALISE Library and Information Science Education report.
Obviously, I do not have traditional work days – each day may contain elements of one, two, or all three of my summer jobs. I work at the Gorgas reference desk almost every day, but my other jobs allow me to work at home, for the most part. Therefore, I have chosen the work highlights out of my last three days, and I will write a Part 2 post about the remainder of the week (I am working Thursday-Saturday).
Monday, July 26th highlights:
- Worked at the reference desk from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Assisted patrons in locating library resources and troubleshooting printers; folded library brochures for a reference librarian (fall instruction sessions will soon begin); located and retrieved a few government documents for a patron (due to a recent move, some of the gov docs are currently closed stacks).
- Went home and reviewed modules created by student assistants for the CTPD project. I am supposed to give feedback and suggestions for revisions, if any. I will be posting the new modules to the website soon.
- Perused lots of #libday5 tweets and blog posts!
Tuesday, July 27th highlights:
- Went to Resources for Independence for the CTPD project from 9-10:30 am; reviewed modules with 4 clients, and said goodbye to them for the summer. I told them I would be back to visit in the fall, even if I am not giving instruction anymore (at the very least, I’m giving the new student assistants a project orientation at RFI). They said they would miss me, and thanked me again for helping.
- Attended a meeting for the ALISE statistics project at 11 am; we are making good progress on the final drafts of each section, and should be finished right before classes start.
- Worked on the ALISE project at the library from 1-4 pm – I am creating the final draft of the Students section for publication.
- Viewed my and my co-presenters’ finished poster for the Mississippi State University Emerging Technologies Summit! The poster is entitled “The Web Beyond Google: Innovative Search Tools and Their Potential in Reference Services.” We really liked how it turned out, and scheduled a meeting to finish on the (20-page) handout on Thursday.
- At 5 pm, attended party at Mellow Mushroom for the end of the CTPD Project’s summer semester. My professor bought us dinner!
Wednesday, July 28th highlights:
- Worked at the reference desk from 7:30 am – 1 pm. It was a very slow morning for questions, so I sorted brand new library magnets for a reference librarian (I’m getting some great ideas for library promotional materials!), wrote my last blog entry, and read more #libday5 blog posts and tweets.
- This isn’t work related, but I went to the Tuscaloosa Public Library and returned my books, checked out new ones, and donated some free books from ALA 2010 to the Friends of the Library bookstore. I love my public library!
- After lunch and down time, I started working on the ALISE project again. I spent about 4 hours buried in Excel and Word. The deadline for my section is next week, and I’m staying on track.
There you have 3 days in my Library Day (Week) in the Life. I’ll post Part 2 after Saturday, when I work 8 hours at the reference desk. Keep the #libday5 posts and tweets coming – I’m learning so much!