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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



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Check out my post over at the Hack Library School blog — it documents my day this past Monday and discusses how I manage my time as a student while working full-time.  And while you’re there, make sure to read all the other blog posts.  Hack Library School is a great resource and discussion space for library and information science students.  The mission:

The Web is our Campus.

This is an invitation to participate in the redefinitions of library school using the web as a collaborative space outside of any specific university or organization. Imagine standards and foundations of the profession that we will create, decided upon by us, outside of the institutional framework. Ideas like the democratization of the semantic web, crowdsourcing, and folksonomies allow projects like this to exist and we should be taking advantage of it. What will the information professions be next year if we define it for ourselves today? If we had a voice in the development of curriculum, what would that degree entail? This is our challenge to you; participate or come up with a better idea. How would you hack library school?

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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in day in the life, library school, links