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Library day in the life #5

I’ve only just caught up with this project… slow but accurate.  Remembering that MPOW is a very small private higher education college where I do lots of things seemingly unrelated to librarianship (and I’m the Records Manager as well), here is a snapshot of yesterday:

9am: arrive, sort out the papers (put out today’s, put yesterday’s aside for one of our English language classes to go through)

9.15: sit down to deal with email, process book returns and check a few books out to students

9.30: have a discussion with Student Services manager re the proofreading of our latest prospectus, collect her comments and prepare them for a meeting with the marketing manager later in the day

9.45: send the final draft of the new student newsletter (organisation, not just library) to Student Services manager for comment and distribution to students if ok

10.00: meet with one of our program directors to discuss ongoing problems with getting the student management system to accomodate the peculiarities of his particular group of students.

10.30: Sit with IT manager to attempt to learn how to process those students onto the new student management system.  Fail, as the software proprietors haven’t made the changes we asked for, so we can’t do anything.

10.45: Go on a hunt through the Records Management database AND the physical records for a document I’m pretty sure I haven’t been given but need to check anyway.

11.00: Coffee and a quick read through the papers – Wednesday is Higher Education supplement day in The Australian so I spend half an hour reading this.  At some point today I put out a call on Twitter for access to an article I am looking for and (of course) I get instant response and the article is in my inbox before I can say ‘Thanks’.

11.30: Finally get to start working on the Academic Skills course in the College Moodle.

1.00: It’s raining so I don’t go out for lunch, instead stay at my desk and chat with staff as they come in and out of the library, upload some Xtranormal videos to YouTube for use in the Moodle course (this seems to take forever)

2.00: Meeting with the Marketing Manager to give her my final proof reading results for prospectus.  We spend an hour going over it again together making sure it is absolutely right as it goes to print at the end of the week.

3.00: Respond to a request from a lecturer for a desk copy of a text – email publisher, help a couple of students find the book they are after, check out a few books to them.

3.15: Work through a bit more of the National Code of Practice (ESOS Act 2000, a requirement for all organisations that provide services to overseas students in Australia).

4.00 Work interrupted as my computer suddenly announces it needs to have  Bex and a good lie down.  I restart it instead.

4.15: Back to the Moodle

5.00: Home!

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More professional development

Early this week I attended a short course (2 days) in Records Management wearing my RM hat – that the kind people at ALIA are allowing me to count as professional development. Excellent! 14 hours into the pot and a such a lot of follow up work to be done on our RM policy and procedures and business processes that I am going to be busy for months.

Today I received an email from ALIA stating that I have been elected to their New Generation Advisory Committee for the forthcoming two years.  This is professional development of a totally different kind and I am more than a little nervous about this involvement. It’s one of those things that seemed like a good idea at the time – ALIA put out a call for interested parties to nominate and I fit all the criteria so I put my hand up.

I’m excited about the opportunity to network, to get out of my own space a bit and to see what other people in Libraryland do all day – MPOW being such an ‘odd fit’ in the scheme of things.  I’m keen to advocate for new grads who end up in OPL’s and have no guidance other than those people they are able to network with through e-lists, PD activities, social networking such as LFIP and their own reading and learning.

I’ve now got quite a few projects on the go and am beginning to experience the buzz of being back in the workforce with (hopefully) something valuable to contribute.