Posted tagged ‘work’

Hiatus

June 15, 2010

I’m going to be taking a short break from writing here for a few weeks, as I have just received a new job and need to move across the state.

I’ve spent the last 4 years working as the technical services head at the Berkshire Athenaeum, which has been an incredible experience, especially for someone fresh out of school like me.  Besides getting to work on all the standard cataloging challenges, I got to toy with an enormous local history and genealogy collection, a collection dedicated to the work of Herman Melville, the library of Oliver Wendel Holmes, lead a number of workshops for patrons, host a number of sing-along to Journey nights (Rock Band) and of course drive a dump truck across Connecticut.

I can only imagine what new challenges await me when I get to the Worcester (sorry Wistah) Public Library in a few weeks.  I can’t wait!

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Power Down

June 3, 2009

So today this happened, leaving us without power for about four and a half hours.  The interesting thing is we stayed open the entire time (the emergency lights were on, the elevator and the alarms still worked).  And people stayed!  It was actually somewhat busy despite the lack of computers, wi-fi, decent lighting, and the ability to check out books.

But it was an even odder experience for me as I struggled to find work I could do that didn’t require my computer.  I got desperate and actually tried our typewriter before my brain started working again.  In the end I wound up rearranging our supply closet and cleaning out some old file folders.  I was also twittering quite a bit via my cell just to maintain some connection with the world (yes I am that sad).

But there was at least one other staff member who pulled out a laptop until the battery was drained completely and who at least attempted to tap into a signal from down the street.  We are now totally dependant on technology, and today we were crippled.

Flame War

June 1, 2009

This last week the latest round of fighting over the value of an MLS degree started on the Autocat mailing list.  And it didn’t take very long to turn ugly, so just to further the brawl I figured I’d throw in my own two cents.

An MLS is important if you want to progress in the field, for the sole reason that most of the good jobs require one.  However, I’m not convinced that a formal library science education will teach you anything that you couldn’t pick up through experience, and in many cases what you learn in school can conflict with the day to day work you do on the job.  Oh and of course those good jobs may not actually earn you enough money to make up for the cost of school in both time and money.  

Now I loved my time in school, and I’m glad I chose to get the degree, but the part time job I worked probably taught me more that I’ve since applied to my work than my education did.

The Long Weekend

February 17, 2009

I really hate coming back to work after a holiday weekend.  The day’s over and I still feel jetlagged.  And it didn’t help that today proved to be pretty eventful.

I got to start by running my first workshop on LibraryThing, which I loved.  I managed to get a nice mix of staff and patrons for it who seemed to be pretty engaged by the material.  I particularly like that the group really did seem to grasp the site’s potential, I even got to go off on a tangent on the OSC project.

Then while cleaning up the consortia’s server died.  Meanwhile, we were swamped with an extra day’s worth of patrons and deliveries.  Oh and pretty sizeably number of our desk staff were out sick.  And to top it off we had a planning committee meeting scheduled too.

Tomorrow, another meeting.  God I’m tired.