My morning today consisted of yoga, cleaning the vendor/spam/non-essential email out of my work inbox, a shower, laundry, a slice of cold pizza for breakfast, and then off to work. I stopped by our PACES (auxilliary services) office and put some cash onto my ID card so I can buy Diet Coke and food in the cafe, then into my office.
- Signed invoices for music materials — we ordered some new collected works and auth0ritative volumes in Crane, and the invoices are startlingly huge. But that’s the cost of doing business and running a music library for a program like the Crane School of Music. *signs*
- Checked in with Angie The Wonder Secretary.
- Drank my Diet Coke.
- And, then, email. After I deleted the crap, I had 58 messages that i needed to read or reply to.
- Printed a bunch of draft org charts from staff members, which I solicited at last week’s staff meeting — as I do my planning for a re-org, what do THEY want me to do? I got this advice at Midwinter, and I’m glad I took it… these results are fascinating.
- Checked in on facilities issues ranging from signage regarding our new study arrangement, the fountain in the lobby, the jackhammering on the back steps, and the painting being done by a student on our basement stairwell doors.
- Printed the resume and cover letter for today’s interview of a candidate for a Public Affairs position.
11-12: Public Affairs interview.
12-1:30: Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Campus Facilities Master Plan project, which prompted a half-d0zen to-do items for me, revolving around peer benchmarking, self-studies, and strategic planning. Followed by a walking conversation with the Provost about her recent trip to China and campus possibilities for faculty exchanges.
1:30-2:30: Quick lunch in the staff room, then more email (facilities, aspirational peers, and some professional development/speaking opportunity stuff). Talked with Angie about administrative stuff, gave her the go-ahead to make some things happen on behalf of the Libraries.
2:30–3:15: Regular monthly meeting with evening circulation supervisor from the music library.
3:15-3:30: Went up to the librarians’ office suite to talk to a few different people briefly, and then wandered through the new arrangement of study areas — it appears to be working! Swung past the door to the basement study area (the grafitti’d stairwell) to see — and then gleefully admire — the artwork our student artist, Chase Winkler, has painted on our door for us. Awesome, and deserving of its own post later.
3:30-6: Quiet time in my office.
- Project work, including staff performance plans
- Org chart brainstorming
- Talking with a librarian about his two forthcoming articles (yay, Dan!)
- Emailing with Public Affairs about recording the student art projects the libraries are facilitating
- Researching possible facilities peers
- Talking with a staff member about receipt printers for the circ desk
- Finish writing this.
6-6:15: Introduce myself and give a brief Thanks And Let’s Get To Work speech to our student workers for this semester, at their training meeting.
6:30: Home! Change from dress, tights, and boots into yoga pants and a tshirt, see what’s on the menu for dinner, and pull out the jewelry supplies. I’m feeling creative.