Library Day in the Life.
Library Day in the Life is a project where library workers from all types of libraries document a day or week of their work life. It was started by Bobbi Newman, and you can check out her original blog post on the event and the official wiki for more information. The fourth round is being held this week (January 25-29).
Some people choose to blog, some use Twitter, some record video or take pictures. This will be my first year participating and it just happens to fall on the first full week of classes at Millersville University where I work as an academic librarian. I’m sure I’ll have a lot to post about, and have not yet decided exactly how many days I might end up discussing. Guess we’ll see!
I think this is a great project because it provides a brief glimpse into the depth and breadth of what librarians do. Just last week at a friend’s birthday party, I swear I must have been asked at least 5-6 times, “So, what does a librarian do?” This is one of many opportunities we can take to share our stories. I can see implications for:
- Library school students looking for direction. If you’re a library school student, browse through the list of past or current participants. Find a position you think you might be interested in once your graduate. See if you can imagine yourself as a consultant, a emerging technologies specialist, a children’s librarian, a youth services librarian, or a reference and access services librarian. Obviously not every day is super exciting, and the description of one day is certainly not enough research to base your career on, but you might find something inspiring to think about as you consider your upcoming job search.
- Library school students who want to share their experiences. I could easily imagine a spin-off of a Library Student Day in the Life. It would be very interesting (particularly to learn about the experiences of online and in-person LIS students) for people who have been out of school for a while to see how things work these days, what students are learning, the generational impact of technology on life and education, etc. If anyone knows of a group who has done this, leave a comment! Hmm… perhaps this is something for the Young Librarian Series…
- Administrators, students, patrons, friends, family, the media and board members who wonder what librarians do in the age of Google. This is an opportunity to share both the exciting and mundane parts of your work life. Many members of the public have no clue what librarians do (probably because many of us still haven’t nailed down elevator speeches for ourselves and our institutions). This is bad for funding, bad for our professional image, and bad for the progress and reform librarianship needs to undergo. How can we expect support without basic understanding? Informing is a key first step, and sharing your impact as a librarian could go a long way.
- Add your name to the wiki
- Include your job title & type of library in your blog post or video to help readers
- Use the hashtags #libday4 (Twitter) and librarydayinthelife (blogs)
- If you don’t have a blog/Twitter/etc, you can just create a new page in the wiki and post your day there
- After your first post, edit your wiki entry to change your blog link to a link to your tagged posts (link directly to your day in the life post(s), not to your blog in general)
- Add your Flickr photos or videos to the Group on Flickr
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