Library Day in the Life Tuesday Day 4

I took these notes today as part of The Day in the Life project, if you would like to read more please the wiki, if you’re interested in how it all got started read this post and this one. 6:00 wake up, wonder if the weather got bad enough over night that work will be canceled.  Get up make coffee and realized that the library will be open today.  Fret over whether or not I should just stay home, we're supposed to get more bad weather this afternoon and I live 30 miles from the library.  Decide to go in. 7:15 - leave for work.  The highway isn't great, everyone is going about 50, I Read more [...]

Library Day in the Life – Monday Day 3

I took these notes today as part of The Day in the Life project, if you would like to read more please the wiki, if you’re interested in how it all got started read this post and this one. I'm off work at the Library today because I worked the weekend.   7:00 coffee time!  I take the dogs out, man it's cold! I check my email, Friendfeed and return some comments from Facebook yesterday. 8:30 sign into Blackboard to finish reading posts, complete grades for this week. 9:30 I get ready to run errands.  Lots to do today! First stop, my local library (not where I work) to return Read more [...]

Sunday – Day in the Life of a Librarian, Rnd 2 Day 2

I took these notes today as part of The Day in the Life project, if you would like to read more please the wiki, if you’re interested in how it all got started read this post and this one. 6:30 wake up, I don't have to be at the library until noon today.  Make coffee, I got a Keurig a couple of months ago and I freaking love the thing.  I have the reusable filter so I can use my own coffee - no waste!  I hit the web, check my email and my top 50 on Friendfeed.   7:00 time to get down to business.  I'm writing a chapter for a book and I'm hoping to get it finished this week.   9:00 Read more [...]

Saturday Day in the Life of a Librarian – Round 2, Day 1

I took these notes today as part of The Day in the Life project, if you would like to read more please the wiki, if you're interested in how it all got started read this post and this one. Saturday - It's my weekend to work. Saturday and Sundays are very interesting days, but they are considerably different from how I usually spend my days so I think they are worth documenting. 5:30 am - the alarm goes off, I get up make coffee, check the news and weather.  Note that it snowed a bit over night, no idea how much snow they got at work (30 miles away) so I plan to get in early just in case. 7:00 Read more [...]

Day (Week) in the Life of a Library _____ Round 2 begins Monday!

That's right round two will kick off Monday January 26th. It looks like we have enough people interested to schedule round two. Its easy to play along, 1) just blog your day or week which ever you prefer. Add your information to the wiki and 2 ) be sure to tag your posts librarydayinthelife. The original idea was to give people and potential LIS students an idea of what the average day in the life of a Librarian or Library-fill-in-the-blank was like. I'm looking forward to seeing the new posts from new people and the difference between the previous round and this one.  Ready, set, go! Read more [...]

The Girl Effect

I'm showing this for two reasons, one it's a great example, two I believe in the message. Last month I wrote about using stories to market your library.  This is another great example of storytelling.  This one isn't about libraries, but it is for a good cause and every effective.  It doesn't use photos or a voice over, it uses typography to make its point. Learn more about the cause Girls Count: A Global Investment & Action Agenda Why Girls? Join the Facebook Group Learn more about the presentation: Kinetic typography used to present The Girl Effect Deconstructing Read more [...]

Libraries looking to save money? Consider telecommuting!

Talking about the blurred line between home and work when I was writing about Twitter started me thinking about telecommuting.  Writing about the recession and it affects on libraries got me thinking about telecommuting.  Let's talk about telecommuting, it seems to be something libraries have been slow to embrace.  Yes, I know the old standard that we sit at the reference desk all day and read books, but anyone actually working a library knows that's not true.  Many libraries are short on space and funding and much could be done from home, at least one day a week, so why aren't we looking more Read more [...]

Library Usage Will Go Up During a Recession – Management Are You Really Prepared?

I've seen many news articles and video lately about usage of libraries increasing during a recession. I've personally noticed my library seems busier.  While many have celebrated the increase of use and the public attention we so rightly deserve, we also need to consider the down side.  Our funding might be cut, the public is less likely to approve bonds or tax levies to increase services, in some cases staff may be laid off.  Libraries are masters of doing more with less and we are really going to need that skill now. The other side of recession is that is causes stress.  Patrons are likely Read more [...]