I’m starting to wonder if Twitter wouldn’t be a better tool for updating this blog – that way, I could give you little “day in the life” samples from an actual workweek, as opposed to infrequent summaries. Especially as I’m thinking about starting two more blogs, one professional, one personal.
At any rate, here’s what I’ve been up to:
Eleventh Stack now has a link and a custom flash on the CLP homepage (mouse over to “Discover More” to see!). The results of this placement were noticeable almost immediately: we’ve been getting an extra 20-30 hits per day, and at least 10 new newsreader subscriptions, and I’m hoping that number will continue to grow as more people discover the blog. It also means that yours truly has become much more fussy about edits, updates, and content. I’m thinking it might be a good idea to rotate team leadership once the project reaches the 6-month mark, just to make sure other folks on the team get experience with the coordinator role.
At any rate, I’ve also been writing “how we did it” handouts for the branch managers’ meeting tomorrow. Because I’m a big fan of “open source” projects, I’m including the agendas from the three planning meetings we had, so the branch managers can see exactly what our group process was, and how it fits into the CLP strategic plan, org. structure, etc. There’s also a list of questions branch managers should ask themselves before they start a blog project. These include “How comfortable am I with projects that require uncertainty and experimentation?” and “Am I willing and able to give staff at least 30 minutes per day to blog?”
As usual, I’m also:
- answering reference questions
- purchasing for the collection
- collecting database stats
- troubleshooting database issues on the fly, with the help of IT
- sifting through the Library 2.0 blogosphere to keep up with issues and trends
And, on top of that, I’ve just been accepted to present at the PaLA conference this November, so I’m going back through both my blog archives and my project files in order to create the best possible presentation. I’m really proud to get a chance to show off some of the things our library has done to not only become a 21st-century library, but also to define what that means for us, as opposed to just doing things because they’re shiny and cool.
On a somewhat sad note, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the recent passing of a great librarian, Dr. Amy Knapp, whom I want to be just like, if I ever grow up. In library school, Amy taught fledgling librarians how to search effectively. Outside the classroom, she was a gracious model of library service, warmth, wit, humor, and compassion. In short, she was a blessing to everybody who knew her, and her passing creates an obligation, I think, on the part of the rest of us, to continue the excellent work she began.
And with that, I leave you to return to the reference desk. It’s very quiet tonight, but there are plenty of people in the room, so I’d like to be mindful of them, just in case.