Director Day In The Life, Thursday

Woke up slow this morning, listening to NPR and dozing and hoping, knowingly in vain, that I’d get a snow day today.  Nope. Got dressed in clothes that specifically allowed me to wear one of the pairs of earrings I made last night, then more cold pizza for breakfast, and a Diet Coke from the machine inside Kellas as I arrived for my meeting.

8-9: Chair campus Teaching and Learning with Technology Roundtable meeting, discussing Large Format Printing (posters for research, etc), the success of the recent TLT Day/IT Fair, updates on tech infrastructure on campus, and the results of the campus technology and teaching survey.  Highlights:  we need more tech training for both faculty and students, the search on the campus site needs to be a top priority, and nobody loves our calendaring software, but Blackboard is getting a better rep on campus.

9-10:30:  Office time.  Soundtrack: Yesterday’s mix of Sinead O’Connor, Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode, The Cure, and Concrete Blonde, with some added Violent Femmes and Jane’s Addiction.

  • Talked with Angie.
  • Forwarded two emails to the staff who I am asking to take point on the projects in question.
  • Reviewed the LSW Friendfeed thread where I asked for help on identifying facilities peers.  Awesome help.
  • Deleted stuff in my email.
  • Printed stuff from my email.
  • Started composing message to campus contact for Facilities Master Plan about facilities peers.
  • Cleaned up my desk (by moving piles, not really an effective long-term solution)
  • Dragged my attention back to staff performance plans.  Boring but vital, and they deserve more attention from me.
  • Oh, look, we have a leak in the E’s.  Staff are capably handling it; they’ll tell me if I need to do anything.
  • Laughing that one of our students has beat me out of being Mayor of the library on FourSquare.  I mean, sure, that makes SENSE, what with this being a student-centered institution, but… I wanted that!  Must. check. in. more!  (Yes, I am a dork.)

10:30-11: Regular monthly meeting with Distance Learning Coordinator.

11ish-12:  Lunch!  Took some reading over to the cafeteria so I could get a big salad and something indulgent for dessert, and sat and read and nibbled for an hour.

12-1:30:  Work work work.

  • Returned a call from Maryruth from Buff State about the SUNY Council of Library Directors spring meeting, and how to make it more useful to new directors.  I suggested she should label us prominently on our nametags so that we can identify each other.  🙂
  • Org chart work.
  • Another fine appeal.

1:30-2:  Regular monthly meeting with Special Projects Associate. Discussed student satisfaction survey, space reorganization, a few ongoing facilities issues, ILL, and outreach and programming for the lobby.

2-3: Office work — Library Tech coordinator came over to upgrade my F-Secure on the Parallels Windows installation, so I did a bunch of paperwork sorting and filing.  Talked with the secretary about work-study issues, and talked with the archivist about faculty-relations issues.

3:00: Regular bi-weekly  meeting with the Assistant Vice President for Information Technology, in which I toured that newly-finished and newly-renovated spaces they’re all working in now, and did some brainstorming about computer labs on campus, the library’s involvement in those, and space use.  Hrm……

4-5:  Work work work.  Office stuff.  Email stuff.  Stuff.

5:00:  Going over to the faculty art opening at the gallery to see work by my friends and colleagues, then home to do… something not work.

2 comments

  1. So you got to see our spiffy digs in the bowels of The Building That Shall Not Be Named? The red condiut going everywhere on shocking-white walls makes it very scifi. 🙂

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