6:30 a.m. Wake up, begin consuming large amounts of coffee. Catch up the latest disaster news from Washington. Trying to contain my excitement that the whole country is counting down to my birthday this year: August 2nd.
7:00 a.m. Wake son for XC practice.
7:30 a.m. Wake son again for XC practice.
8:15 a.m. Drop son at XC practice; drive into work.
9:00 a.m. Budget meeting; the upcoming year looks a little dicey in terms of actually having funding to retain all the resources that faculty and students need. I’m sure this is hugely surprising for anyone reading this!
9:05 a.m. Have officially burned through all the hours in my summer contract. For the next month, working pro bono.
10:00 a.m. Meeting over. Run over to periodicals office to alert staff member that our ERM is being worked on and that we shouldn’t be entering new data. Come up with new student project to check a bibliography to make sure all the books are still in print. Upon accessing Books in Print, realize that we no longer have access to BIP via FirstSearch. Pay one invoice. Sign, scan, and email 3 renewals, asking for invoices.
11:00 a.m. Hear back from FirstSearch that the database changes were announced over a year ago. Cool. We’ve lost access to 9 other databases besides Books in Print. Update some budget numbers.
12:00 p.m. Alert my staff member that we can actually keep adding data to our ERM, no worries.
12:10 p.m. Rush out of library for a 20-minute drive home to pick up my daughter and get her to band practice. Actual time allotted for 20-minute drive: 10 minutes.
12:33 p.m. Drop daughter off at practice (only 3 minutes late!), then over to Blue Cup for lunch. Send out email to director and collection development librarian about FirstSearch changes. Feel slight headache coming on.
1:15 p.m. Grab daughter and drive home. Write this post. Update a-z list to reflect access changes to those 10 FirstSearch databases.
2:30 p.m. Add a note to our FirstSearch databases about them being down.
3:15 p.m. Create new fund/ledger structure for our reference titles so that it will be easier for our reference librarian to track expenses. Previously, funding had been split between monographs, standing orders, and electronic resources with no coding flagging the materials as “reference.” With expenses continuing to rise, this new system is expected to help us better track expenses for this area.
4:00 p.m. Hitting the YMCA for an amazing stress-relieving run.
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