Library Day in the Life, round 4

January 25, 2010 at 1:37 pm (librarian, libraries, librarydayinthelife) ()

I can’t resist participating in Library Day in the Life!  I’m also tweeting about it: So, here is a peek into my life as a reference librarian in an fairly large downtown public library.

Worked with our nonprofit librarian to update Web pages in HTML (see pic below).  I live for that stuff! :)

Working on HTML with Lettie

Most of the day I worked on the reference desk.  It was insanely busy most of the day, so I didn’t record as much as I wanted to.  Here is just a small sample of the questions/issues I dealt with today:

  • Interlibrary loan a book that we don’t own.
  • Help a patron find books on Web design for business.
  • Track down audio CDs of motivational speakers.
  • Help a patron navigate the part of our book stacks that are broken up into weird segments by the building’s architecture.
  • Page books from our HUGE basement storage area.
  • Give out plastic grocery bags that staff bring in for patrons to reuse.
  • “Where is this call number?”
  • Biographies on a 19th century abolitionist
  • Free skin cancer screenings
  • “Somebody called me from this number.  Do you know who and why?”  [We have a couple hundred phone extensions which all show up on caller ID as the same number, so, no, I don’t know.]
  • Computer Classes.  We get several people a day asking about this.  We do offer monthly classes.  We get lots of people signing up and few actually showing.

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