I found out about Library Day in the Life through Twitter I think, and with my new-found love of reading library blogs it caught my attention. I will be be reading lots of other people’s blogs, but I also thought that I should do my own, especially as I’m still just getting back into blogging and this intensive, entry-a-day style will make me work hard so that one entry a week will feel like a breeze.
If it hasn’t been obvious already, I’m a graduate library trainee, working at the National Art Library, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London, England. This is my first proper library job, after a year of volunteering, and I’m enjoying myself even more than I thought I would, and also trying really hard to push myself to network, learn more, and work harder.
On monday’s the library is closed to the public, and I spend the day in the office. This morning I came in a little late, having been to the hospital, and started straight away on making information files, which contain information about artist’s. The ones I have been working on do not have catalogue records, so I make that, and then transfer the items into files, label and barcode them, keeping a record of how many I do. I also finished off an enquiry I had been sent by a reader in Italy, wanting to know the dimensions of some pictures in a book she had previously looked at in the library. I typed up the last of the measurements, wrote a covering letter and sent both to her.
By now it was nearly 11, I spent until half 12 working on processing pamphlets. Currently in process, they needed to be taken from one area, checked in so they are available on the catalogue, and moved to their permement place on the shelves. An easy job, the constant beeping makes me feel like a checkout girl, and I got 15 boxes done, nearly all that I will be able to fit on the shelves.
Half 12 is lunchtime, which I spend at my desk, working on various blog entries and noting with dismay the weather is supposed to get colder, we have no heating and it’s already quite cold enough for me. After lunch I do more pamphlet checking in, and then shelve some of the information files I was creating this morning. The ones I have made are ready to go satraight on the shelf, but many we already have a file for so I take the papers out of one file, stamp them, and put them into the main file.
At 3 I have some retrieval to do, the NAL is a closed stacks library, with all books apart from reference fectched for readers, requests build up over sunday and monday when we are closed so some retrieval is done on monday to prevent people being over-run on tuesday. I do two floors, it takes almost an hour, with some help from a colleague, and it’s quite nice to be walking around after a day of mostly sitting in front of a computor.
I spend until the end of the day, 5:15, checking in periodicals. There is a massive backlog, due to one person who normally does them having been off sick, and the other being on holiday. I’ve done a lot, but there is still a lot to go. As well as checking periodicals in I have to put some in the internal mail, some on display, remove the things that got in the periodical pile but aren’t, and generally sort through masses of post. It’s interesting actually, and a large part of it involves stamping theng, with two different sorts of stamp!
This has been kind of word heavy, so have a picture of my desk, I just need a couple more piles of books for it to look like a real librarians desk.