Shew! This day is done! For a Friday, it was not bad.
I started the day by participating in the interview for our candidate for our Research and Development position. They did a nice presentation, focusing on wide reaching technologies and tools for service, location, communication, and collaboration, instead of a summary of tools. I enjoyed the theoretical approach.
Then, off to a meeting. I’m chairing the Student Conversations group, and we needed to update and outline future work. Like many libraries, we are in massive flux, reorganizing departments and units, and raising money for a new building. Like many organizations, we want input on what our users think and want from us as we plan our change. It’s a quick meeting, and then we’re off to the next event.
I head off to the second part of the R&D interview, the small group questions specific to instruction and reference. It’s a pleasant gathering and the candidate does well. We dont delve too far off topic too many times, which is good.
After that, I’ve got 20 minutes till I’m on the desk, and I’m STARVING. I drop my bag at the desk, run across the street to the cafe on the graduate school campus, and look at the dismal offerings that weren’t snatched up by the lunch rush. I’m left with an egg sandwich and chips… I dont have time to order anything from the grill, unfortunately, because this place makes a mean burger. Ah, well… I settle on my egg sandwich (which turned out to be quite disappointing; onions and red peppers have no business in egg salad, btw), stuffing half of it in my maw while bolting back across the street. I loiter outside the door in the sun, stuffing my face, making it to the desk with only moments to spare.
The desk is typically busy, and pass the two hours very quickly. I should mention that at my library we have no reference desk; when I’m there my office door is open, and when I am not there, students and staff find me on IM or by phone. So when I work the desk, I’m on the main library desk… and that’s always a challenge. Today, I help some young Japanese girls locate some articles for a paper on elementary education. The language barrier is nearly impossible to work around, until I ask them to write out the keywords they’re thinking about. Once I figure out what they want, I find them a few things, and send them a detailed email linking to ERIC and Google Uncle Sam, with some suggestions on keyword searching. I also try to help a senior working on her thesis who returned “that book” that had all the crucial information on a particular painting… and she cant remember what the title of it was… we look and look and look for information on this painting, but I Fail at this sort of thing, so after 40 minutes I refer her to the Art librarian. In between, I get some easy questions and a lot of circulation action.
Finally, I bolt from the desk and go hide out in my BFF’s office. She’s giving me a lift since I am car free, and while she works I hammer out the last bits of my presentation for UIUC’s Science Refernce class next week. Of course I’m using LOL cats. : )
So now I’m home… and reflecting back on the week. It’s been busy, but good, and although I’m looking forward to my down time this weekend, I know next week is going to be just as awesome. : )