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As I’ve been working on this meme, I’m realizing how incredibly boring my work probably seems to an outside, non-library type. In the summers, it can even be that way sometimes for us reference librarians.

We have had a busier days here and there during the past few months, but generally, things are fairly quiet and slow…at least on the public side. Of course, that’s what most people see. I’ve only taught one class this summer and haven’t had any reference consultations.

Still, lots of work is being done behind the scenes on different projects.

Today did start with something very different than the usual. Wednesday usually don’t start until the afternoon since I work the evening desk shift. However, I volunteered to help out with storytimes this week since the person who does them is vacationing in Mexico with a bunch of teenage girls right now. (That doesn’t sound like much of a vacation when you think about it!) So at 10 am I was dealing with a bunch of squirrely 3-year olds. I’d forgotten how kids that age like to ask questions about everything, comment on everything, and wiggle and squiggle everywhere. Cute, but also kind of draining. *laugh*

A co-worker got us organized later in the morning to head over to the staff/faculty dining room for a Mongolian Wok lunch experience. It was fun and the food was good for a change. (Usually it’s all buttery or gravy covered stuff that I don’t particularly care for.) I learned some more about my co-workers while we relaxed and stuffed ourselves with stir-fry and fortune cookies.

After returning to the library, I headed off to my cube to work some more on the Summer Institute. The main thing today was to put together the food order. While there are still a couple of days left for people to register, I wanted to get this taken care of. I can always tweak things a bit if I need to. Being the chair of this is somewhat stress-inducing because I want the day to go well and for people to find it useful. This has really involved stepping way outside my comfort zone.

Every two weeks we have a full library staff meeting. This usually takes up about an hour of the afternoon. Today the big topic was the building. This fall/winter we are starting a rather large renovation project of the area of the building where tech services, the business office, and the dean’s office are. In the next few weeks (hopefully before fall semester starts), tech services will be moving out of their current space into our new study rooms on the first floor. There have already been some changes on the first floor involving new carpeting, paint, and compact shelving (installed last summer). Next week we will be getting new furniture for that floor. Exciting stuff! And we now have a library news blog to keep people updated with all the stuff that’s going on around here.

After the staff meeting, I headed home for a nap and break. Now I’m back working the reference desk for the evening. My big plans for the evening include some weeding, reading some book reviews, working some more on future books displays, and considering more ways to revamp our current instruction sessions for the Comp I classes.

If I have time tomorrow, I might catch some video of the building here and share that with you. Besides hearing about what I do, I’ll share where I actually do it.

Last night I saw Hancock. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but not a bad movie overall. I’d recommend waiting to rent it on DVD.

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July 2020


Mar. 10 - Photography Class

Mar. 11 - Quad Cities SnB

Mar. 12 - Lincoln Reenactor performance at BHE

Mar. 13 - Annual budget due

Mar. 14 - SnB trip to Galena

Mar. 16-21 - Spring Break

Mar. 16-18 - On the Front Lines library conference in Springfield

Mar. 19-22 - In Kansas

Mar. 23 - Orientation in Quad Cities

Mar. 24 - Photography Class

Mar. 26 - Spring Break for Academic Librarians workshop in Peoria

Mar. 27 - Supervisor Development in Quad Cities

Apr. 2 - Using Social Technologies in Library Instruction workshop

Apr. 6 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 6 - My birthday

Apr. 7 - Photography Class

Apr. 9-12 - In Kansas

Apr. 10 - College Closed

Apr. 12 - Easter

Apr. 13-19 - National Library Week

Apr. 13 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 14 - Photography Class

Apr. 16 - Evening Instruction Session

Apr. 17 - Information Literacy Summit

Apr. 18 - A Day of Books and Quilts at Toulon Public Library

Apr. 20 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 21 - Photography Class

Apr. 22 - Renegade Reference meeting in Bloomington

Apr. 23 - Illinois Library Day

Apr. 24 - Quarterly Supervisors Meeting

Apr. 27 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 28 - Photography Class

Apr. 29 - Supervisor Training in Quad Cities

May 5 - Photography Class

May 12 - National Library Legislative Day

May 25 - Memorial Day - College Closed

June 4 - RSA Users' Group meeting in Peoria

June 6 - SIL's birthday June 6 - Brother and SIL Anniversary

June 8 - Nancy Pearl at Bradley University

June 13 - WWKIP train trip to St. Louis

July 3 - Holiday - College Closed

July 4 - Independence Day

July 10 - Mom's Birthday

July 10-15 - ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

July 17-19 - Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair in Crystal Lake, IL

July 31 - 10th Anniversary

Sept. 7 - Labor Day, College closed

Oct. 6-9 - Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Peoria

Nov. 23 - Brother's birthday

Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day, College closed

Nov. 27 - College Closed

Dec. 7 - MIL's birthday

Dec. 18 - DH's birthday

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Dec. 26 - Dad's birthday

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