What advice do you have for an aspiring librarian?

Last week as I was writing for the Day in the Life Project I got an email from Shannon asking for professional advice, since I'm not a School Librarian, I feel ill equipped to give it.  Instead I suggested that I post the questions on my blog for other librarians to answer.  I know we're a really great group people that love to give advice!  Shannon said she was up for it, so here is a modified version of her email. Hi my name is Shannon. I got your email from your blog that was listed on the Day in the life of a librarian wiki. I just wanted to know if you could give me some advice on switching Read more [...]

Using a wiki for Reader’s Advisory

One of the first things we started when I came to MRRL was create online Reader's Advisory lists for patrons.  We've used a couple of different services for this in the last 3 years, but they cost money and were controlled by outside vendors.  Earlier this year I was looking for funding to be able to add some new services and it occurred to me that the Library could save money by using a wiki to provide What to Read Next list.  I got the go ahead from the director, we installed Mediawiki and  I've been busy coding.  So I'm pleased to announce the new Reader's Advisory wiki.  It is Read more [...]

Day in the life of a librarian – Summary

As of writing this (10:30 am central time 7/19/08 ) there are over 30 people signed up on the wiki (thank you again Lori for having the smarts to make one!) I hope this can be an ongoing project with new people continuing to sign up and maybe people who participated now can do it again. I've read some really great posts and I'm not even though them all yet.  I do have to point out somone who took a different approach to the Project. One of the other Librarians at MPOW has agreed to do a series of guest posts about her week July 28th - August 1st.  She is our Collection Development Read more [...]

Friday & Saturday – days in the life of a librarian

Friday Technically I'm off because I work this coming weekend.  I cleaned the apartment, cooked, went to the gym.  I also check  all email accounts and see a request from one of the other Librarians, she needs someone to cover the Reference Desk for her Monday, I was planning on taking Monday off, but I tell her if she can't find anyone else I'll do.  I end up doing it for her, which moves my day off to Friday Time to work on presentations!  I'm cohosting a 4 day workshop (pdf) coming up that is hosted by MOREnet & the Missouri State Library teaching Librarians about how they Read more [...]

Thursday part 2 – a day in the life of a libarian

Thursday 7/17/08 7:30 coffee in hand I hit the computer to see what happened while I slept.  I check my email accounts, Twitter, & FriendFeed.  One of my Twitter friends lets me know the Day in the Life project made it into American Libraries Direct. Sweet! But I feel a bit nervous. 8:30 Now I'm just playing around, on the net, checking blogs etc.  I don't have to be to work until 11 today, I work till 9pm tonight. 8:50 Time to get ready for work!  I'll be back when I arrive at the library. 10:40 arrive in the office, check voicemail; I have a message from another librarian Read more [...]

Thursday Part 1- A Day in the Life of a Librarian

Thursday- Another late day.  In the morning I check all my email accounts from home, nothing major happening so I head to the gym.  I'm in the office at 12:30, first things first check my voicemail Message about needing stats on Computer classes for board meeting I find them and hand deliver.  I pop in my bosses office to talk about the Computer Classes are going and the stats for them.  I need to get started writing the final report for the grant that allowed us to get the laptops and have the classes.  In the interested of full disclosure, unfortunately I became pretty ill last Thursday Read more [...]

Wednesday – A day in the life of a librarian

Wednesday 7/9/08 Tonight is one of my late days because computer/internet classes are tonight.  Nikki & I take turns teaching a series of classes that vary from basic to advanced.  Tonight Nikki is teaching Microsoft Word so I get to be Vanna, assisting, troubleshooting & helping patrons when they run into a problem.  I get up and after making coffee, check all email accounts from home. Then since I don't have to be at work until this afternoon I try to relax so I a play video game.  When I get too frustrated because I'm dying I check FriendFeed and Twitter and see Read more [...]

Tuesday – A Day in the Life of a Librarian Day 2

Tuesday: Today I telecommute! I telecommute for 8 hours a week.  These seems like a sweet deal until you realize I actually work from home about 20 hours a week and I'm only allowed to count 8 of those hours.  I start the day off by checking my  email accounts.  Then I drink some tea and do the normal get ready for work things.  But instead of getting my car, I get out my bike and ride to a localy coffee shop for fuel (I have a serious cappuccino addiction), atmosphere and increased focus, I do so much better when the dogs don't act l ike I'm the worst mommy in the world for not playing Read more [...]

Monday – A day in the life of a librarian

Monday 7/07/08  Get up check both email accounts from home.   In addition to my work account I use a gmail account for many things work related, email lists, notifications, etc.  I address anything that needs immediate action, save the rest for when I actually get in the office.    Get ready and head to meet my carpool buddy, I carpool as often as I can, but my schedule is wacky so usually just one day a week.   Get to work, check email again (I get a lot of email).  Actually got through email, respond, delete or forward as necessary.  Work on my budget, including review Read more [...]