Thursday, December 22, 2011

A day in the life of a librarian...

I became inspired by GreenBeanTeenQueen's post about a day in the life of a youth librarian post here. I know that most folks have absolutely no clue how library folks spend their days... *gasp* I don't get to read all day. This day is not a typical day... this was the final day before the Christmas holiday break. We will be closed for 4 days! In 4 days our book drops will be over flowing... so much so that the book drops themselves won't be able to conain all of the returns. I will be going in on Saturday just to empty them to try and keep them from overflowing. Since I'll being "working" a bit this weekend, I went in a bit late today to compensate. Also just to give you an idea of different duties, GreenBeanTeenQueen is a childrens librarian. I am the Head of Circulation at a small branch library. Without further adieu...

9:30 - 10:30 Morning book drop and in processing some newly acquired books

10:30 - 11:00 Social media updates. We blog and facebook to engage and inform our patrons. I'm thrilled that this is part of my job description.

11:00 - 11:30 Another round of book drops

11:30 - 12:00 Chat with branch manager about plans for summer reading... yep our summer reading program planning is well underway.

12:00 - 1:00 Adult services planning. Some research, some reading, a sales pitch and perhaps some new exciting programming.

1:00 - 2:00 lunch My lunch room seems to mirror other libraries in that it's a room of folks eating and reading together. My lunch reading selection is The Nearby Feast.

2:00 - 2:30 Cover the Circulation desk as we all work to have every cart clear to handle the massive amounts of books we'll be receiving on next Tuesday.

2:30 - 3:30 Transits. Georgia has the PINES system in which library books move within the system in transit bins. This gives patrons access to resources throughout the state as opposed to only those available within their home library. Today brought 5 large tubs full of books either returning from out of system requests or coming in to fulfill one of our patron's requests.

3:30 - 5:00 Accept and sort donations for our Friends of the Library lobby sales while watching the circulation desk. This includes technology assistance with WiFi access, internet access, & copier. Today also included helping one of our "special" patrons. Every library has them. The patrons that appear to be boarderline mental health concerns. They can become aggressive, highly irritated and disruptive. We get the joy of keeping them library appropriate and still meeting their needs. I also had the joy of helping the woman who is convinced we received her library book back and decided to not check it off of her account. Perhaps we have a stash of books that we've just decided to hide instead of check in?

5:00 - 5:15 Restock employee snack stash.

5:15 - 5:30 In processed another round of new books :)

5:30 (should be until 6) prep for closing. Shut everything down. Help patrons with last minute requests.

I say should because today at 5:45 we realized that a juvenile's parent was not returning to retrieve her child. This particular patron has demonstrated some irratic behavior in the past. The juvenile is old enough to be within the library without a parent so it wasn't an issue until it became apparent that the parent wasn't returning. After numerous calls to all available contact numbers, the library plan for unattended minors comes into effect. This involves law enforcement. It breaks my heart for the sweet, responsible child. The branch manager of course is the responsible party in these situations, but it's required that a second supervisor stay as well. The children's specialist was kind enough to cut me loose so I could come home and celebrate my husband's birthday :)

So that's a day in my life. I love it. Every single second of it. I am blessed and grateful that I get to do the job of my dreams every single day.

No comments: