Category: LibraryDayInTheLife

Director’s Day in the Life: working from home

I used to do these regularly, when Library Day In The Life was a thing. I sort of liked it; it’s interesting to see, in a really clear way, what I do all day. Yesterday I worked from home for most of the day, for personal reasons related to tired-pregnant-joint-problems. It also happens that I hear from a variety of librarians that they work for library administrators who don’t “like” or “approve” or “support” working from locations other than the libraries. To which I say, “Why not?” In my experience, offering library staff the freedom to intermittently do their work […] keep reading…

Library Day In The Life: Oh, dear god, Monday

Mondays are not my favorites. I very much reset my patterns over the weekend, because I very much don’t want to live every day of my life like it’s a weekday, and so it’s difficult to get back into the swing on Monday. Today I chose to prioritize getting an extra hour of sleep, working out, and prepping meals over getting to work “on time”. Also, it’s snowing: A winter weather advisory is in place, and we’ll have 4-6 fresh inches of snow by the end of the day. 10:00: Arrive campus to see a horde of students (well, maybe […] keep reading…

Library Day In The Life: FRIDAY

So, last night I stayed up too late, but I did what I needed to do: exercised, worked on workshop content, and ate all the Pad Thai. In bed around midnight. Which meant I (a woman who needs 8-10 hours of sleep to feel healthy) had a rough morning, following on several nights of not sleeping enough. I ignored all the alarms, then finally got up, showered, and got dressed. My rule is that the Director of Libraries gets to wear jeans on Fridays during the school year, so sweater/jeans/Danskos it is. Of course, no one but me really cares […] keep reading…

Library Day In The Life: Thursday, Thursday

My virtuous plans of working for a few hours last night turned into “play FieldRunners2 on the iPad and talk to Justin about life, the universe, and everything”. I was asleep by midnight, but just barely. Ah, well. Today’s another day… 7:00: Ignore first alarm. 7:45: Reluctantly get out of bed. 9:00: Stop at the Bagelry for my standard: Everything bagel, toasted, with jalapeno cream cheese. Arrive work 9:20. Deal with my email and triage my to-do list for today. Handle the details resulting from a staff member’s unexpected two day absence today and tomorrow, share info from yesterday’s meetings […] keep reading…

Library Day in the Life: And administrator on a Wednesday

Bobbi Newman announced today that she’s shutting down and archiving the official wiki of “library day in the life”, as she thinks the project has reached its useful end as a centrally managed thing. To which I say I shall prove her point, because I really like doing #libday, and I’m going to do it whether there’s a thing or not. So this week seems like as interesting as any… here we go. 7:00: First alarm goes off. 7:30: Second alarm goes off. Check email and attempt to wake up. Vow to exercise after work. 8:15: Wake up again, realize […] keep reading…

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