This past weekend, I had the opportunity to put in some hours at a busy regional branch. The Main library where I work had to be closed for a few days for repairs. The staff scheduled for that weekend headed over to the St Andrews branch library. Recently, they had started to organize their collection to implement a self checkout system. In order to do this, we had to tag and link all of the books in that library. The staff at the branch only have so much time to get this kind of work done. It was great to take the opportunity to help them out.
In addition to working on the self checkout process, I also spent some time on their reference desk. It was a little different than what I am used to. I have worked at the Main branch for several years. Working the reference desk at a branch was much busier than I am used. I expected this. I also realized how little experience I have with readers advisory. At the Main branch, we have a separate department for that. It’s just one of those examples of “if you don’t use it, you loose it.” It reminded me of my days working retail at the Mt Pleasant during college. That job taught me more about multi-tasking than any other.
All in all, it was great to experience something different from what I do everyday. I felt the same when I started my internship at CofC. A new environment can be a refreshing change of pace.