Monthly Archives: July 2011

library day in the life, round 7 (#libday7)

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This week is round seven of the Library Day in the Life Project, so here’s a summary of my day as a Circulation Specialist at the American University Library.

8:30-9:00am:  Arrived at the library and took care of opening Circ duties, which include ensuring the register has the correct amount of money, turning on all 4 desk computers, and logging into 4 Circ clients on each computer (we are part of a consortium, and the programs we use are two Voyagers, Millennium, and Illiad).  Grabbed coffee before the library opened at 9:00am.

9:00-11:00am:  Staffed the Circ Desk.  One of the main opening duties is making sure a part-time student assistant empties the book drops.  I discharged all the items, making sure to backdate the return date to yesterday.  The opening desk shift is generally pretty slow, especially in the summer.  Nothing out of the ordinary occurred during my shift — checked out books, accepted book returns, took some fines, and answered questions about alumni access to the library’s databases.

11:00am-12:00pm:  Spoke with the ILL Coordinator about a patron inquiry I received while at the Circ Desk.  Checked emails and reviewed my schedule for the day.  Organized files for our inventory project and printed out shelf-lists for our student assistants to work on.

12:00-1:00pm:  Ate lunch with our Collection Development Librarian and two visiting librarians from the American University of Nigeria.

1:00-2:00pm:  Shadowed the Reference Desk.  I’m training in reference this summer in preparation for a desk shift starting in the fall semester.

2:00-4:00pm:  Attended the online Lyrasis training “Interpreting and Coding the OCLC MARC Bibliographic Record,” the first of three sessions.  Learned all about the first and second indicators of the 245 and 1XX fields.

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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in day in the life



hack library school #ala11 wrap-up

If Hack Library School isn’t already in your RSS reader, it should be!  Check out today’s post for a summary of different sessions written by a variety of contributors (including me).  Reading this post makes me excited for next year!


Posted by on July 13, 2011 in conferences, library school, links


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Library 2.011 WorldWide Virtual Conference: Call for Proposals
I’m so excited for this upcoming conference — it’s FREE and completely online!  The conference is now accepting presentation proposals until September 15.  Conference strands include Evolving Professional Roles in Today’s World, Digital Age Learning Cultures, and Changes in Accessing and Organizing Information.

Library Day in the Life Round 7
I love, love this project!  July 25-31 are the dates for the next round.  Check out this link to learn more about Library Day in the Life, and be sure to look through past rounds.

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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in conferences, links


spontaneous scholarships for #saa11 registration

I want to draw your attention to the Spontaneous Scholarships to fund registration for the 2011 SAA Annual Meeting, an effort led by Kate Theimer of ArchivesNext.  If you’re interested in receiving a scholarship or donating to the fund, check out the blog for details!  The deadline to request funding is midnight this Friday, July 8.  So far $800 has been raised!

What’s the reasoning behind the Spontaneous Scholarships?  While conferences provide great professional development opportunities, attending conferences is expensive.  The cost of registration, travel, and lodging is prohibitive, especially if you aren’t receiving any outside funding.  This is a great idea, and I hope to see more crowdsourced scholarships in the future!

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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in archives, conferences



hyping links

Freedom Riders
I love PBS!  You can stream the entire Freedom Riders documentary online.  I haven’t seen it yet, but I plan to this weekend.  The film weaves together archival footage and contemporary interviews with former riders.  If you’re not ready to commit to watching the entire film yet, check out the trailer.

This blog shares resources on preserving and managing electronic records and is updated quite frequently.

Support Hyatt Workers at SAA2011: An Unofficial Resource
If you’re concerned about the labor disputes occurring at the site of this year’s SAA Annual Meeting, view this website for ways to support Hyatt workers.  Also, please contribute if you have any ideas!


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