Thanks to Bobbi Newman for spearheading this adventure. It’s always interesting to see how my colleagues spend their days.
So, what is a day in the life of the Hackley Library (and Head Librarian) like? Let’s see… first of all, we haven’t had a full week of classes since mid-December, thanks to snow days. Last week we had two, which meant that we had a two-day week (something I could get used to every bit as much as my students could!).
4:30: Alarm goes off, and I struggle downstairs to feed the cats. Back upstairs I turn on the computer, start this post, and check my e-mail and RSS feeds.
5:40: Get dressed, remembering that NOAA has issued a Winter Chill Advisory for today.
6:05: Head to work
The work day officially starts… throughout all of this, I’m helping students, parents and teachers find books, troubleshooting the computers and printer/copier, chatting with them about their (unintentionally) long weekends, etc.. I’m also working on strengthening the resource pages linked to off our new library website.
8:00: Talk with Assistant to set up today; she’s going to process our boxes of new books and then set up the display. We also need to create a display of the new books and one for “movies into books” (I am Number Four is coming out soon).
7:50: Learn that several trophies from Hackley’s past were put on a garbage bin; rescue them for the archives.
8:15: Meet with a Trustee looking into campus landscaping; head to the archives to pull what photos we know we have of the campus’ past.
8:30: Get photo taken for The Gatekeepers blog (a colleague took the photo) – stay tuned for more info on that!
8:58: Start my least favorite task: overdue notices.
9:18: Added today’s photo to the “60 books in 60 seconds” project
9:30: Conversation with Head of History regarding upcoming projects; thanks to snow days, the 9th and 10th grade projects are on a slight delay, and the new schedule (exams in March, not January/June) mans that the 11th grade project will be introduced in late Feb/early March. Gives me more time to work on the appropriate Libguides and finding print resources.
11:05: Now on to the paying invoices part of my job. Only slightly more exciting than the patrolling for illegal food and overstuffed study rooms part of my job.
11:11: Find out that the lock to our computer lab is broken (start hearing “the key in the lock goes round and round” in my head… I hate earworms!). Sigh.
11:30: LUNCH! Watercress and havarti salad, mixed veg, and hot chocolate.
1:30: The Chair of our Parent Volunteers comes in for her stint – shelving, rearranging books, and generally keeping us running.
1:50: One of the students is practicing his songs in our upcoming production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee… I don’t think he realizes we can hear him upstairs!
2:27: Help a student print out the Old Word of the Day:
1. trans. To repay; to discharge by payment. Obs.
2. trans. To give up, relinquish; to leave, forsake; to cease, desist from. Also intr. with with.
The printing failed, but at least I have a new word to play!
3:15: Academic Committee meeting (mostly discussing our upcoming NYSAIS Evaluation for Accreditation; interesting side note: the word “library” or equivalent is not mentioned anywhere in the document… hmmm….)
4:30: finish a few short chores and get desk ready for tomorrow’s tasks.
4:55: Remind students we’re closing in five minutes.
5:00: Head home
6:55: Dinner while watching Downton Abbey and looking through the latest Booklist (yes, I’m multitasking!).
8:00: Time to curl up with my latest read and drift off to sleep… in a few short hours, it’ll be time to do it all over again.