Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Haps

I'm back at work after a (too short, always too short) hiatus to be with my newborn babe. She's adorable, as you can see:
She's two months old and already stealing hearts

Now that I'm back, though, I am in full swing on the library train. I feel like several large projects are attacking me at once, so I'm trying to slog through things as best I can. But here, in no particular order (though I should find an order soon) is what I am working on, and may post on in the coming weeks:

Redesign of our 60-minute one-shot instruction sessions
Currently, our instruction consists of me talking at a bunch of students while they fill out a worksheet. We use the computer to project and show them everything, but it's not as interactive as I would like. I know the one-shot is a poor way to educate, but for now I have to work with the time we have. My ultimate goal will to be flipping the entire thing, and trying to get the students to do "pre-work" and use the instructional time to dive in to some more important pieces of the library. 

Faculty Liaison Work
I need to start creating some personal relationships with our faculty so we can better partner on library services. Easier said than done, but I'm working on a few angles.

3D Printing
We are considering buying a 3D printer, and so I am doing a little legwork to understand what our options are and how 3D printing is being offered in other libraries. This is a super-fun project, but I have to make sure not to let it take over my life, since I have bigger priorities.

Reference Tracking
I started a new method for reference tracking just before I went on maternity leave. The student workers have been doing an okay job at tracking while I've been out, but I need to motivate them to be more consistent. And, come to that, I need to remember to do it myself! Finally, I need to compile the results from January through March to see what our reference services look like.

I want to make a more robust selection of libguides on our website. It's a matter of figuring out what students need and making it, but that's easier said than done, too.

Website Development
Our website could use some updating (including my own picture and contact info!), so that's on the list as well. I had some training in how to use the CM software, but it was in December, and I have made a whole human life since then, and my brain has forgotten it all. Oops.

There's a lot to do, but it's a great challenge to figure out how to get it all done. I'm so glad I do what I do!

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