In the words of the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life,” I “Woke up/fell out of bed/dragged a comb across my head…”
Back in 2015, I told you about A Day in the Life of an Acquisitions Graduate Assistant. If you have been following this blog, you know that I am no longer an acquisitions graduate assistant. I graduated from library school and started my first professional job as a systems librarian in July of 2016. Well, now that I’ve been in my current position more than a year, I thought it was time for a description of what a day in the life of a systems librarian looks like.
So, after waking up, falling out of bed, and brushing my hair, I either walk or drive to work. And then it’s checking emails from the coworkers who get to work earlier than I do. On Fridays, I run server updates first thing – before any library instruction sessions start. That includes snapshotting them, running the updates, and then rebooting them.
After that, I have at least one meeting with one of my direct reports. I have plenty of days where I am inundated with meetings. Today, though, I was able to focus most of my morning on crafting an information literacy session on robotics. Sometimes developing lesson plans are quick; other times they are slow. The robotics one ended up going slowly because I found myself fascinated by the literature surrounding robots, androids, and cyborgs.
Then, I go to lunch with other faculty – a program designed by our dean of faculty to help build community and cooperation. I like the free food and hanging with my colleagues outside of the library.
After lunch, I have another meeting with another direct report. And then an hour to do data cleanup. At 3, there’s a meeting with the library director. By 4, I’m slowing down with scholarly publication, scholarly reading, more data cleanup, or finishing up various communications to my coworkers.
At 5, I try to “skip town” (leave work) and go take care of my horse and home.