Annual Report Time
As we approach the end of 2007, it’s time for my annual report of what I’ve been doing in the Library over the past 12 months. Last year I could list Live Reference Chat, the Overdrive Audio-Ebook Collection, two new blogs, and three new patron training classes in my list of accomplishments. This year, I don’t see any major areas of new technology for me to list in the report. Sure, we’ve changed blogging software, and we’ve added local newspapers in searchable, digital format to our web page — but even those seem like minor changes. Most of my time this past year was spent in re-working web pages into CSS format. While this makes life easier for me in the long run, to our users nothing has changed in the look of the pages. It’s been pretty darn mundane!
We are still re-working the look of our entire web site. This process has been tedious and mind-numbing in the extreme. A graphic design firm is doing the new look and we go months between committee meetings. I’m used to getting things done quickly, working as a one-person department, so it’s been a frustrating year. Fortunately, we’re coming to the end of the process and I see the end in sight next year. In the meantime, technology has changed, so some of the “innovative” changes in our page will be old hat by the time our patrons see them. I also got an assistant this past year. She will be doing the Youth Services end of the web site, so at least that is one area I won’t have to constantly update.
In the last section of my Annual Report, I list projects I’d like to do in the coming year. Creating a reference wiki is at the top of my list for 2008. I see so many ways this vehicle could help our reference staff. We have created a new level of paraprofessionals called Reference Assistants. A wiki would be a great resource to help train these new staff members. I wish I could start it today, but unfortunately I am not the one in charge of putting software on our server. In the meantime, I sit here and plan….
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