Tuesday, July 27th
Royce Kitts is right. He’s a director of a Kansas public library, and he commented that when one works in a public library, you begin in one place, but you end up in an entirely different place at the end of the day. Today, I had a pretty clear agenda – I needed to finish the edits and modifications to my chapter for the Embedded Librarianship book, finish the budget sheets for the board, and work on setting up our new website. I got one thing done… the spreadsheets for the board.
First thing this morning, I got in and finalized the agreement with my chosen concrete guy for the necessary repairs, arranged the dates he’d do the work, and he said he’d get my contract faxed over first thing tomorrow morning. I then settled down to try to sort out setting up the new website. See, our old one is some hosted Drupal nonsense supplied by the state (I think) that I find very difficult to manage. I would expect I could do some things, like make the blog the landing page, but I cant. I also cant get it to make a Meebo widget happen no matter what I try. As a result of my frustration, I decided to pay for hosting and have Blake Carver over at LISHost house our site. I still need to register the domain and get things set up, and then I have the fun of putting our content together. But… A lovely couple paid me a visit and want to donate a thirty year old Brassia bush to the library that’s gotten too big for their living room. I chat with them and then hand off the address and pick up/delivery logistics to Dale to handle.
Next it’s time to wrap up the budget information for the board. Not only am I in the middle of setting the basic budget for 2011, but I also need to balance the accounts and books for the month of July. I work with my admin assistant and we get that all buttoned up. I call a board member to come by and pick up the sheets for the board’s executive meeting and then decide to settle in and get this website up and running. But… When Jason, my board member, comes in, he notices the trash hasnt gone out. He’s a real trooper and he takes out the trash around the building and the public restrooms. I make a note and leave it for my janitor.
I then head back to my office, but before I get there, an issue has come up about fines. We use Horizon, and it does this odd thing when you waive fines, being that you have to specifically choose the item to which you are applying collected fine money. Someone collected fine money but did not indicate the item to which the money applied, and it made a bit of a mess. Two senior staffers and I work to sort it out, which reminds me, I need to plan Thursday’s senior staff meeting and get that agenda out. I want to meet with the senior staff every week, and with all staff every month. I also want to create a policy and procedures manual for the service desk so we’re all on the same page.
So with all that done, it’s past time to go home, so I jot down this post and collect my Lila. She spent the afternoon here, and I had her putting holiday stickers on the children’s books. : )