Day In The Life: Thursday

Gym at 7, home at 8, to work at 9.

9:15:  Meeting with Technical Services team leaders, ILS coordinator, and Director to discuss possible changes to our collection codes for periodicals, which would be the springboard for changing a troublesome tech services workflow, as well as readying us for using our In-House Use statistics features in ALEPH far more productively, which has the potential of removing several more troublesome workflows in circ and the secretary’s office.  Left in high spirits, because, woo!  Make the problems go away!

9:45:  Email, Bloglines, voice mail, FriendFeed, Twitter, Facebook.

10:15:  I need tea.  And something for this headache, and my shoulder.  Pick up ILL article on using WorldCat Collection Analysis to weed journals while I wait for the electric kettle to boil my water.  Instead, the traffic coming in my door peaks.  I take a reserve DVD from circ staff, promising to test the “last act which sticks”, and to contact the faculty member about how badly/when it’s needed for coursework.  Then I consult with our archivist about a video she’s found in her unaccessioned materials, which we decide to add to Special Collections rather than Stacks.  And then I make my tea, call the faculty member, leave a message, and test the DVD.

10:30: Faculty member calls back, explains DVD problem.  I confirm his problem, tell him it works fine in my mac; if the DVD player in his classroom is troublesome, perhaps using the mac at the podium will help?  Agree to clean the DVD again as a precaution and get it back on reserve.

10:45:  Back to my article (which, incidentally, is “The Dark Side of Collection Management; Deselecting Serials from a Research Library’s Storage Facility Using WorldCat Collection Analysis”, by Suzanne Ward, from 33:4 of Collection Management.  Not directly applicable to what I do — see “research library” and “storage facility”, but I’m hoping to find some ideas about how to dig into WorldCat Collection Analysis, to spark some thoughts about how I might use that data in service of local goals.  We’ll see…

This had me laughing out loud in my office, in reference to prior weeding projects.  “This process was slightly more successful than the previous attempt, but interest in the project, and thus the degree of participation, differed widely among selectors.  Some conscientiously reviewed their areas; some started but never finished; some never started.  In hindsight, a process that asked busy librarians to review all the repository serials in their sjubect areas was perhaps doomed to failure or at least to uneven application.”  (p274) Ya think?  Welcome to collections management, folks.  Heh.

One of those local goals is to use our available data sources to build a methodology for monograph selection that allows for non-duplicative SUNY collection building while also streamlining the process for librarian selectosr.  Since non-duplicative selection automatically takes more time than “everyone else is buying the stuff reviewed in major publications”, meeting that second goal is hard… but this article has some thoughts I shall build upon, in a reverse-engineering way. What works for weeding can work for buying, if done right. Much thinking.

11:25: Dive into our databases to chase a few citations from the article above.  Get distracted and start chasing cooperative collection development articles as well.  Mentally apologize to our ILL staff for the bombardment.

11:45:  Drop off a pile of stuff at the staff mailboxes, mostly gift books to be added, broken stuff to be replaced, and other such collection items which required my sign-off before being acted on.

12:00:  Lunch, which today included running a few errands downtown, and then stopping at the campus food service office to recharge my ID card with money, then a trip to the newest campus eatery for what was a divine slice of meat lover’s pizza (bacon on pizza for the win!).

1:15:  Back to work, this time on orders. Except, as I opened the orders spreadsheet, the campus mail system, which had bottlenecked sometime during the day, opened back up, and I got the day’s email in one dump.  So that needed tending, and resulted in a few quick replies, scheduling three meetings for next week to participate in interviews for the new campus Purchasing officer, and a phone call.

1:35:  Orders.  Right.  Start, stop, start, stop, as emails come in and Growl notifies me, and I see the subject lines and think, “Gotta deal with *that*”, then back to ordering.  Finally, $700 in orders checked in our catalog, checked in WorldCat to confirm minimal SUNYwide duplication, checked for current list price using Amazon, and sent off to Acq clerk.

2:55:  Print email from colleague contributing to our curriculum collection (she’s the Art and Drama liaison; I do Education.  We’re collaborating to build our art and drama textbook/classroom resource collection), and annotate, then walk it down to the Acq clerk.  While there, evaluate a dozen gift books for addition to collection, talk through a few sticky ordering issues, and get a briefing on the state of our “Amazon is charging us sales tax” problem.  Head to Library Director’s office to talk to her and our secretary about the Amazon problem, and while there, talk about how we collect in-house use statistics for bound periodicals, and promise to schedule a collection development committee meeting to talk about the issue further.

3:50: Pack up computer and several binders and walk across campus to Faculty Senate Executive Committee meeting, where I take notes in my role as FS Secretary, until at least 6, as it is the first meeting of the semester, and much business needs to be attended to.

At which point I will go home!


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