Be flexible!

When I left my house this morning, the plan was:

6:45-8:30: Gym
9-10: Meeting to discuss hiring a circulation supervisor
10-1: work on Middle States report, library hours for winter term, writing and integrating policies and procedures for an endowed gift into one document, and finishing up second draft of the College Archivist job description. Lunch at my desk.
1-2: Building walkthrough with campus construction liaison
2-3: Work on remaining tasks from morning
3-4: Middle States meeting
4:30-6: Reception at President’s house honoring President’s Club donors

During that 9-10 meeting we talked about how the circulation supervisor sits at the intersection of three big task sets: managing the work of the department, providing excellent customer service, and supervising circulation staff.  And how that’s a big juggling act, and a very challenging one.  You need energy, creativity, patience, and flexibility.

So my day ended up looking more like:

7-8:40: Gym
9-10: Meeting to discuss hiring a circulation supervisor
10-1: Contact HR about search details from 9-10 meeting, email Provost about a librarian’s contract question, study the dwindling budget and discuss options for our ailing microform scanner, ask the secretary about the backordered office chairs, pass off the music library hours on the music librarian, reply to several random but timely emails, have an impromptu closed-door conversation about an ongoing project.  Write this while eating yogurt at my desk.  And I’m anticipating that my afternoon will be:
1-2: Building walkthrough with campus construction liaison
2-3: Work on the tasks I had hoped to get done this morning
3-4: Discover I’m double-booked and go to the reaccreditation meeting with the Dean of the School of Education instead of the Middle States Working Group meeting
4:30-6: Reception at President’s house honoring President’s Club donors
6-8: Finish more of the morning’s un-done tasks at home.

Not precisely what I hoped for.  Or intended.  Or is the ideal for my life, our work, my responsibilities.  But it is what it is, and I can handle it.  And in light of this morning’s conversations, and while I won’t expect any of my hourly staff to do the 6-8 part, I realized that my days are not so different than anyone else’s, here.  I’m juggling excellent service, overall unit management, and staff supervision.  I need to be energetic, creative, patient, and flexible.  The scope of my problems, responsibilities, and challenges is just different.  But the work is the same.

I do spend less time on my feet than our circulation staff, though, a fact for which my vanity and love of high heels is eternally grateful.

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