Thursday, March 31, 2011

Where am I now?

It has been 8 months since I started in Academia. While I got a handle of my job - my everyday duties fairly quickly - learning the ropes of how academica functions (the formal rules) is still a struggle. But I stumble along and find my way eventually. One surprise was that job descriptions can be changed when you are on the job. Fortunately not much has changed for me. Okay, okay, one of the responsibilities has been taken away from me and I am not sure how I feel about that. My title has changed to indicate that I am a "librarian." It was hard to explain what I did as a "co-ordinator." Now I am going to be a Resources Librarian, which I did as a co-ordinator anyway. I don't remember learning how to deal with academic or any work setting while at library school. There were no lessons on problems solving, conflict resolutions, how to stand your ground, how to negotiate what you want whether it is with your colleagues or vendors, how to put together an argument, hmmmm -----what did I learn? I did learn about libraries and collections. But collections did not stretch far enough to include conversations with vendors. That is something library schools should consider including in their curriculum. Just rambling.....

Thursday, January 06, 2011

My Day Today

8.40 - came to work

8.45 - 9.15 - cleared some emails and responded to some phone calls (there were 40 of them)

9.30 10.15 - walked over to another building for a meeting. Fortunately it is 0 degrees today.

10.30 - 11.15 Another meeting in the same building

11.15 - 11.30 - went to the book store to get some supplies

11.40- 1.40 - answered some more emails, processed 3 invoices and sent them for approval

1.40-2.30 - lunch

2.30 - 3.30 - go through my first license agreement from a vendor

3.30- - 5.00 - keep answering emails - they don't stop coming

Somewhere along the way I cleared some ILL requests. And did some more paperwork for our strategic planning.