Category: Project Management

Fresh starts

It’s spring break here, so the libraries are open but quiet, lightly populated and filled with silence and calm. I’m pretty sure it’s a great environment to get to work in… except that I’ve not gotten much work done this morning. My email’s binging at me, my calendar’s flashing, people are dropping in, the phone is ringing, my ipad’s talking to me… We spend a lot of time and energy in libraries improving our workflows, our processes, and our services, hoping to be better, faster, more. It’s something I’ve engaged in for my entire professional career, and something I take […] keep reading…

On weeding

I’m challenged to focus this morning, so I’m going to try writing as brain-organizer. The two things on my mental agenda to write about are our website launch and our weeding project. I’m going to start with weeding, but the website is coming. On Friday, I hosted this semester’s luncheon for the faculty who serve as departmental liaisons to the libraries, and there I announced our upcoming weeding project. Late on Monday an all-faculty email went out, describing the projects and processes. We don’t fully know the scope of the project, yet, but we do know that we need to […] keep reading…

Library Day In The Life: #libday8, Day 2

When we last saw our intrepid heroine, she was heading off to Tai Chi. And then I went home, chatted with my boyfriend for a  while, then gave myself a manicure. I was going to read Empire State (or maybe A Little Night Magic) while my fingernails dried, but I ended up working instead, as there was a new copy of the Middle States self-study in my inbox, and some interesting and challenging discussion happening on Facebook about the campus’s Facilities Master Plan, and it seemed appropriate to share what I know with the community rather than let the community […] keep reading…

Library day in the life: #libday8, Day 1

Happy Monday! I had a rough Sunday, on the pain front, so I set my alarm for 7:30, a full hour later than usual, anticipating that I would sleep poorly. I was right, and struggled out of bed, tired and sore, around 8. Shower, breakfast, dress, and go, with a travel mug of coffee, lunch, dinner, and a gym bag in tow. 9:30: Arrive work. Say good morning to Angie, hook up the laptop, plug the iPad in to charge, set up a Genius mix based on The Decemberists’ “Don’t Carry It All”. Open my mail. Fill out a travel […] keep reading…

A thing at which I cannot fail

In my job, there are things at which I can fail, and things at which I cannot.  For example, I can fail to complete my secretary’s annual human resources paperwork in a timely manner, and all I get is a slap on the wrist and a request to do better. I cannot, however, fail to appropriately manage her workload and performance, as that would have major consequences for our library. Which is not to imply that Angie does anything but good work, it’s just an (*ahem*) currently relevant example… So there are lots of things on my to-do list which […] keep reading…

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