Last October, the AISL blog had a post called What do you do all day? (sort of similar to the Library Day in the Life posts I did years ago). I thought it might be interesting to share what an average day in my library looked like but quickly realized that we have two very different “average” days, first in fall when there is little going on and then in spring when Research Season hits. Lucky you, there’ll be an update in March!
Usually I arrive at work around 7:30 (depending on traffic it can be 7:45). Two mornings a week I have a meeting, either all school or just Upper School Faculty. The school day starts at 8:20 and ends at 3:30, with the library open until 6pm and then again from 7pm – 9:45pm. Here’s what yesterday, October 24th, looked like.
05:00 – Wake up, take my “pre-breakfast” pills, watch some tv I’d recorded yesterday, check email and news sites
06:00 – Breakfast, continue to read/watch, get dressed, etc.
07:20 – Leave for work.
07:45 – Arrive at work, check in with my assistant. The Middle School Librarian has two “trivia question of the day” calendars and we usually try to answer those questions at this time.
08:00 – Time for the Upper School Faculty meeting, where we had a discussion about an academic issue.
08:20 – The school day starts. I have bills to pay and our budget to reconcile and cataloging to do so I’m holing up in the office where I will be less disturbed than if I’m out on the desk.
09:10 – The advisor for the Conservative Club asks about what books we have from that perspective. I said that we’re interested in presenting different points-of-view, and if there’s a list that she can recommend we’ll buy whatever we don’t currently have. And if the club wants to put together a display we would be happy to make that happen.
09:35 – Our sixth grade has a reading buddy program with the first and second grades. Today we got photos to post to our Instagram feed.
09:50 – Over the past few years we’ve been working on our collection and the second pass is almost done. I spent Sunday through Tuesday at the NELA19 conference and attended this session from Brookline Public Library.
It was really affirming to see that others are struggling with some of the same issues we have been (cataloging not consistent, or in areas that don’t make sense, or made up Dewey numbers). Today we’re finishing moving the 973 books into “correct” shelf positions (I’ll have to change call numbers in the catalog and relabel the ones that have moved).
12:15 – Done with the move! Lunch time!
12:45 – On to the next bit of the project, working on the 974-999 books. First step, download the accession list for those books. Next I’ll sort by copyright, highlighting the books more than 20 years old (we’ll see if they need to updated or weeded when we get to those books). Then I’ll sort by call number and start to see what needs to be moved/changed. Tomorrow we will move all these books, and I’ll do the changes/relabeling for 973-999.
16:00 – Each of us take one night as a late night, and tonight’s my night. I help a teacher prepare a display for tomorrow’s Upper School Parents Weekend. She’s part of AWARE (Alliance of White Anti-Racist Educators) and we bought a number of books to supplement the books we already had to help support their work.
17:45 – Let students know that we’re closing in ten minutes (there are several people who come in at 7pm and staff the library during evening study hall, so the boarders and day students who want to study here at night can).
18:00 – Walk out the door.
18:30 – Get home. Time for dinner, relaxing (with a new book), cuddling with the cats. Lights out around 8-8:30.
Tomorrow, as a wise fictional character once said, is another day.