Today, I spent the majority of the day out of the office at the meeting I mentioned yesterday. It was a meeting of the officers of the Nebraska Library Association’s Technical Services Round Table. I am the Web Coordinator of the round table, which means that I maintain our web site and our newly-created Facebook page. The meeting lasted for almost three hours, most of which was spent planning for our upcoming Spring Meeting, which will be held on April 13. There was also quite a bit of travel time involved in attending this meeting, since it was held in Omaha, an hour away from Lincoln, where I work, so I got back to the office with only about two hours left in the work day.

When I got back, the first thing I did was to make a few small updates to the TSRT web site, reflecting things that we talked about at the meeting. I also caught up on the email that I received while I was gone.

Then, I turned my attention to the two book carts that appeared in my office while I was gone. One of the carts had some items that are being moved from our Ready Reference section to our general collection, so I had to edit their catalog records to reflect the change of location. The other cart had items to be withdrawn from the collection. Both of these were nice, relatively easy tasks to work on for the last bit of a Friday afternoon.

4 Responses to “#libday8 – Day Five”

  • Angel says:

    I enjoyed reading your Day in the Life blogs. I am in library school now and I think I want to be a cataloger. Do you feel there are any classes (i.e. computer classes or programming classes) that are outside of my MLIS degree that I should take through my community college to better prepare me for this position? Thanks so much for posting!

  • Emily says:

    I do think that some kind of computer programming classes would be useful. I am currently exploring that option myself, actually, as it is something I wish I had done while in library school. If you have any classes available to you in school that focus on non-MARC metadata standards (Dublin Core, MODS, etc.), I would recommend taking those as well. Good luck with school, and thanks for reading my blog!

  • Angel says:

    Are the non-MARC classes library classes or computer classes? And thank you for responding! :-)

  • Emily says:

    It depends on the school, probably. If you’re lucky, your library school will have something like “Introduction to Metadata” that should cover the basics of non-MARC stuff. My school didn’t have it, and I’ve just been kind of learning the basics on my own since graduation.

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