This is my final post for Hack Library School’s Library Student Day in the Life. Posts for the rest of the week are here:
Fridays are an all-day work day for me, as usual. One of my colleagues is opening up the Centre, so I arrive around 9am. The morning is spent dealing with email enquiries and sorting out appointments – an adviser is ill so her bookings need to be cancelled first thing. Calling a student just after 9am always yields their voicemail, so I leave messages and also email them.
At lunchtime I visit the public library to pick up some reservations – I’ve been waiting for Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Prisoner of Heaven (follow up to The Shadow of the Wind) for ages so am glad to finally be at the top of the queue. The other book I collect is the latest in the series of Colin Cotterill’s Dr Siri mysteries, set in 1970s Laos. I probably wouldn’t have discovered it by myself but I was introduced to this series by a book group I joined – reader development in action!
In the afternoon I do some research for a careers adviser on apprenticeships in mechanical engineering, for an appointment she has next week with a student. I also book a student in to our interview room as he has a Skype interview on Monday – this also involves checking that the computer is ready to go as it’s recently been upgraded. I’m often the go-to person in the office for tech issues! A student using one of our PCs asked on Wednesday to see our graduate employment co-ordinator, who wasn’t in the office at the time, so I check to make sure he’s managed to get in contact – he seems surprised that I remember him! I like to try and remember as many students as possible although I can’t beat my employment team colleagues who manage to remember the couple of hundred students they have registered for on-campus jobs. I also email my information team colleagues to catch them up on the week – I’ll only be in one day next week because I have a ton of leave to use up before the end of the month.
We close the centre at 4.45pm, and I put on my out of office. I go for delicious churros with a friend, before heading up to campus in the rain to pick up some books. It’s not a normal Friday night activity for me, but I have a reservation to collect before tomorrow morning. I visit 2 of the campus libraries to pick up all the books I need – one of my annoyances is that the books for our course are spread over three of the campus libraries. I check my university email and am pleasantly surprised that a librarian has got back to me already saying the book purchase recommendation I made is being ordered. Hopefully it will be available soon for my assignment.
This is my final post of HLSDITL, but not the end of my week as a student! Over the weekend I’ll spend more time reading and thinking about my dissertation and making a start on my assignment for Research Data Management. I try and give myself one day off as I spend so much of the rest of my week on library school stuff, it’s good to have a break. Nevertheless I’m sure I’ll spend some time on catching up with blog posts, especially about this week; doing some research for the save Sheffield libraries campaign, and keeping active on Twitter. Librarianship is such an engaging profession, it’s hard to switch off sometimes!
In some ways this has been a fairly typical week for me – lots of time spent studying and working. This academic year I’ve been trying to get a better balance between work and relaxation, with more time spent taking care of my physical wellbeing in particular. It may not seem so from this week’s snapshot, but I’m definitely achieving that goal.