I hope to write a few posts this week about my new job as an Instruction / Reference Librarian with University of Wisconsin Superior and I will be posting updates through my twitter account.
-In the summer we have a more relaxed work schedule so I'm here 8ish - 4:30ish
-I'm the first reference librarian at work so I check our askref e-mail account, lots of spam, and 2 short general questions about hours and printing in the library. Not a lot of action in the summer times.
-Spend the first hour of work catching up weekend e-mails. We have a new writing coordinator on campus and are trying to schedule library instruction for all of the Writing 102 sections before classes start, around the time of their research project.
-hunt down a missing stapler, fix some frozen computer mice
-A graduate student in Educational Administration is working on a research project on teacher evaluation techniques and classroom walk-throughs so I spent an hour or so helping her find journal articles and explaining interlibrary loan.
-chat with co-workers for a while
-work on a libguide for biology and add a video on using netlibrary to one of our libguides
-answer e-mails about new faculty orientation
-meet with my co-worker about the history of information literacy and the writing program here, brainstorm ideas for my upcoming meeting with the writing faculty
-prep a lesson plan for an info lit class tomorrow
-no reference e-mails overnight
-finish prepping the info lit class for educational administration grad students on using the library's resources. Most of these students have been out of school for a while and are not familiar with electronic databases and indexes. There should be 5-8 students attending, but I have no idea how long this will take because the few I've helped at the reference desk seem unsure of how to even begin
-after the info lit class I'll pack up for WiLS World Conference in Madison, WI
-Drive to WiLS World with my co-worker
During the summer we don't have regular reference desk hours because we are too slow, so that is a bit unusual. Needless to say we also don't attend conferences every week, but otherwise this is pretty typical of what I do.