Many libraries this week are posting about their daily activies as a snapshot project called LibDay, which is the reason for the cryptic hashtag in the title of this post. I am not yet a librarian by job title but 2/3 of the way there via my Master’s degree.
Most of my day consist of posting and helping to keep with the Facebook and Twitter account for the library system I work for. Sometimes, this is time consuming but so worth it. I get excited when I get to reach out to our patrons online.
As a normal part of my job, I lend a hand in the Interlibrary Loan department which is housed within the Reference department. I had to pitch quite a bit more the past few weeks as other staff members were on vacation. I enjoy this immensely because I get see the different types of books and other materials that come through the department.
Also, I am one of the go-to-technology people in my department. So I usually get the more challenging tech support and trouble shooting questions from both staff and patrons. This week’s problems dealt with problems concerning Facebook, showing someone how to set a resume and talking someone through our downloadable audiobooks software.
One of the cool things about my current job is the diversity and uncertainty of my day. I have to be a jack of all trades but a master of none. reference librarians in a public library have to be ready for anything as questions range from “I need good lit criticism” to “What is the speed velocity of an unladen swallow?”