What is a librarian’s day like?

This is getting ridiculous!

My desk at the library

Wow I saw this come across in the search terms used to find my blog.  I’m assuming it’s someone considering becoming a Librarian and I thought what an amazing opportunity!  If I post about this and get others to do it too, it will allow librarians to share amongst ourselves (our positions are changing so rapidly) and also  to let the public know what we do.  I’m not sure I have the ability to start a meme, but I really hope other librarians will pick this up as sort of a meme and write about their day or week on their blogs

Since my days vary so much, I’m going to write about my week, look for it some time next week.  In the mean time please consider doing this on your blog if you have one!

Edited at 7/9/08 2:30pm Central to add: This morning while I was busy playing videos games Lori Reed created a wiki for this idea where you can add your name and your blog to the list if you’re particpating.  Go sign up! key is “library”

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42 comments for “What is a librarian’s day like?

  1. July 8, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Haha! My desk looks just like that! Thanks for starting this meme… I might do a daily summary Wed-Wed since my days vary a lot, too!

  2. July 8, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    A cool idea…. but I’m not sure I have a typical day, week, or even year! :) I will give it some thought though….

  3. July 8, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    What a great use of web statistics looking at your blog traffic! I will post something too and let you know when I’ve done it. :-)


  4. July 8, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Wow I would love to see what other librarian days are like. I’ve actually been thinking about doing this for a while. As a full time “trainer” I often hear…what do you do all day you only teach a few classes a month…as a result I thought it would be fun to document a day in the life of…

    Thanks for starting this!

  5. July 8, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I’m so excited to see the blog posts that get written up! I really hope this spreads, it’s going to be so interesting so how other people send their days.

  6. July 9, 2008 at 4:37 am


    My weeks as a new library media specialist are amazingly exciting! Currently I’m processing over 1,500 books that were donated. Barcodes and spine labels have become my closest friends.

    Check out our website to see me shelving the Follett Opening Day Collection.

    We are collecting box tops for education to assist the collection development.

    Any experienced elementary library media specialists that wish to give me wisdom and advice for success in my first year please e-mail me at

    [email protected]

    Margo in Virginia

  7. curiouschild
    July 9, 2008 at 7:32 am

    I’ll join in. My day varies from day to day because I work alternately as a reference librarian, an archivist and an history instructor.

  8. July 9, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    A great idea !

    Here is my attempt, http://m8nd1.blogspot.com/2008/07/day-in-life.html


  9. July 9, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Nice idea. Hope to do mine in the next couple of weeks. I have a desk at home and a desk at work, so I’ll try to include shots of both of them. Work = much neater than home.

  10. July 11, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Fantastic idea! One of the things I do at my job is coordinate professional development for our Urban Libraries Council Scholars; I’m going to be certain to clue them in to this so they can get a good look at the variety of professional library work looks like! Again, thanks for the great idea!

  11. August 12, 2008 at 3:33 am

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  12. June 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Your desk looks like mine!

  13. Reference Services
    October 6, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Your website is great!

    Here is the url for the blog from the Archives of the Sandusky Library, if you would like to take a look:


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