Day in the Life: Friday
8:00: in office, tea in hand. Send out final plea asking for feedback on revised SFX menu display. I’ve only heard from 4 out of a possible 11 librarians. Realize that I am perhaps the only person who thinks this is a big deal. Will update menu at the end of the day.
9:00: Focus on fixing header and footer CSS style issues in LibData header and footer.
11:00 Where did the morning go? I never realized how much time troubleshooting takes, nor did I realize how much I would learn from figuring things out myself. The learning is the best part of being a librarian.
11:15: Staff member fills me in on latest publisher saga. After a snafu with our periodicals vendor, publisher will not be sending us two issues from the fall. Consider going electronic only, but the e-license will cost $300 more and I am not convinced these titles get enough use. Also, publisher refuses to work with periodicals vendor for the electronic purchase. Since all our money is with our periodicals vendor, this little snag could pose real problems. Make a mental note to follow up on Monday.
12:45: Break for lunch.
1:00: More CSS troubleshooting. New footer is in place; no more tables! Just learned new IE CSS hack – CSS will no longer validate, but perhaps will display properly. It’s all about choices.
2:00: Call colleague to talk me down from extreme frustration on getting margin thing figured out. While talking to him, re-fresh my file one more time and voila! It’s fixed. Sometimes you just need to talk it out. And re-fresh.
3:00: Run over to the Cleary Center to listen to chancellor’s open forum on campus budget woes. Our library will get possible funding for more hours, but no money for materials such as journals and databases. Not looking forward to trying to wringing another year out of a budget that hasn’t increased in 10 years. Wondering if I should share my 2002 paper on how to central many library services in order to save money. Publishers have been asking me lately why we don’t order more journals consortially. I have to make more progress in this area this semester.
3:40: Sneak out of forum. Run to car (again a little too late) and drive home to pick-up daughter for her piano lessons.
4:30: Post blog posts for past few days and check email one last time. Also, update display for SFX menu.
5:00: Unplugging for the evening.
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