Friday, 28 January 2011

Library Day in the Life - Thursday

This post is part of the Library Day in the Life project, in which librarians share what they really do. For anyone new to this blog, I'm Assistant Librarian in a faculty library at the University of Cambridge.

Things have settled down a bit here now that we're a full week back into term.  We're still busy, which is great, but I also actually sat at my desk yesterday! In between the usual issue desk stints, I finished that reference I've been talking about, gave it to the colleague for her funding application, ordered some books (although the system kept crashing), wrote a blog post for the library blog about the Ask Shakespeare event, checked copyright for a book chapter to be added to the Camtools (our VLE), attended a meeting to plan a Food for Thought event which will take place next June, chatted with colleagues about their jobs so I have a better idea of how things fit together, did a bit of shelving, looked at websites with a colleague (in preparation for redesigning ours!) and prepared for and attended a review meeting with my librarian.

Busy day!

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Library Day in the Life - Wednesday

This post is part of the Library Day in the Life project, in which librarians share what they really do. For anyone new to this blog, I'm Assistant Librarian in a faculty library at the University of Cambridge.

Yesterday was fairly unusual, in that I wasn't in the library much at all.  I am doing an ILM accredited course in Front Line Management, which means that I'm out of the office one day a week for five weeks.  The really interesting thing about the course was the mix of people there - administrators, researchers, librarians and a chef!  No academics, unfortunately, although apparently they do get some sometimes.  Yesterday's course was all about leadership and team-building, things that I've done before but which are always worth thinking about again.  This course is particularly good because it's so practical.  They do the theory, but always bring it right back to how it relates to us and to reflecting on what we might need to do differently as a result.

I did pop into the library on my way to and from the course though, during which time I discovered a colleague from the Pendlebury Library/University Library will be presenting at a conference in Dublin (at which I'm doing a poster session), sent emails organising a meeting to plan a CPD programme for library staff nationally (modest I know - more on that in due course) and got some tips from my librarian on writing references so that I can do proper credit to a colleague in another Cambridge library.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Library Day in the Life - Tuesday!

This post is part of the Library Day in the Life project, in which librarians share what they really do. For anyone new to this blog, I'm Assistant Librarian in a faculty library at the University of Cambridge.

Did we really have this many students last year?  My poor desk hardly saw me yesterday and tea is the best invention ever.  Maybe it's because the first batch of books borrowed in the new term were due back yesterday, but I'm sure every student in our faculty was in the library yesterday!

In between receiving books, putting them in order for future shelving and a lot more stamping than normal, I checked the copyright status of book chapters to be added to the VLE, helped students with resetting their PWF (computer room) passwords, showed others how to do online renewals and re-registered a faculty member whose membership had expired.

A pleasant surprise then - a colleague from one of the college libraries and a fellow member of the TeachMeet popped in after a meeting nearby.  I gave her a tour of our library, then we said we'd go for lunch at the UL (the main university library).  Half an hour later, the hordes of students stopped arriving (are you sure we had this many students last term?) so off we went to the UL Tea Room, where we bumped into another TeachMeet colleague.  Lots of talking about the incredible response to our second event and the need for celebratory cake, then back to the faculty again for the afternoon.

The original plan for yesterday afternoon was to go to see the venue for the Personalised Library Services symposium, and to build in visits to a college library and the Education Faculty Library while I was out that neck of the woods.  Best laid plans, however...  The reconnaissance trip was cancelled, so I cancelled the other two visits.  Disappointing, but I'll get there soon!

Instead, the afternoon started with meeting the new rep for a publisher we use for Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic books, continued with some discussion of how to present the relating reading for the boutique library model that forms the basis of the symposium we're organising, a surprise request for a reference from a colleague in another Cambridge library and 20 minutes of shelving!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Library Day in the Life - Monday!

This post is part of the Library Day in the Life project, in which librarians share what they really do.  For anyone new to this blog, I'm Assistant Librarian in a faculty library at the University of Cambridge.  I'll aim to post each day this week - this one's a little late going up I know!

My day was split between working on the issue desk, at my own desk and at our first floor enquiry desk.  I've been working on several interesting projects on the go at the moment, in between dealing with borrower queries, registering new members and generally supervising what was happening in the issue desk area.

At 8.40 I met with our librarian to go through what we were doing this week and ensure that any staffing implications were sorted out. I also followed up on emails and various issues that arose over the weekend (printer problems, online fine payment queries, staff training needs...) 

While on the issue desk, I did some literature searching for a symposium I'm helping out with, Personalised Library Services in HE.  The symposium is based around the boutique library model, as outlined by Libby Tilley and Andy Priestner in CILIP Update last July, and will form the basis of a future book.  I've set up a Zotero group to start pulling a bibliography together, so feel free to read the article and flag up any other articles that you think fit this model.

Tea break: time to send out notifications about our second Cambridge (lib)TeachMeet.  As Katie and Celine have already mentioned, the response has bowled us over - we were booked up within a day!  More evidence of the value of this kind of event, which we'll need to include in the paper we're giving at LILAC in April.

Other things I did yesterday - dealt with some HR stuff new staff members, arranged two library visits for when I'm out the far side of Cambridge later today, ordered books to meet reading list requirements and finished off with a bit of shelving.