New Year’s Job Resolutions

January 6, 2008 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

I think of this more as my “to do” list rather than life-changing items.  At the top of this list is a Reference Wiki.  I can almost visualize it.  I can see the great number of benefits to having it for our staff.  I can even enumerate the various topics to be covered in its pages.  Alas, I sit here and wait for our network manager to get with his “specialist” on a day off and load the software on our server.  I understand the need to have layers of expertise in an organization our size, but oh, I yearn for the days when I could just load stuff myself and play with it until it worked!

Also on my “to do” list is a genealogy brochure for our library offerings.  Now that we have the Pedigree Resource Files on CD-ROM and DVD, I’m hoping our researchers will take full advantage of our genealogy department.  Now this is a project I can create and produce myself!

In the meantime, I start training our Reference Assistants tomorrow afternoon.  These four individuals will help librarians on the various service desks, but so far, no one seems to know exactly what their jobs will entail.  They have no formal Library Science training behind them, so it will be an “on the job” learning experience.  My immediate task is to show them how to use our numerous electronic databases so they, in turn, can tell our patrons about them.  While we’ve employed LIS Interns for several years, this will be the first time we’ve made use of non-professionals to answer reference desk questions.  I am holding my breath on this one……

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