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.