After twenty years at home with the kids, I’m slowly getting used to the working world. I’ve received my badge (not a good picture of me, natch!), attended orientation, a workplace civility workshop and completed four library webinars. And I’m beginning to master all the logins, sites, databases and other technology structures that hold a modern library together. I thought I already had a lot of usernames and passwords. Wrong!
My start date just happened to coincide with the beginning of three different spring breaks for four kids, plus an emergency college closing due to the norovirus. So I hauled out the crock pot and filled it with the regular stuff and did a bunch of driving after work. Nothing like making breakfast, bag lunches and dinner all before 7 am!
Anyone who has entered a library in the past few years knows that libraries are a lot more than books. As an assistant, I get to move around a lot, splitting my talents between the adults and kids. I’m the type of person who prefers standing to sitting, so that’s just right for me.
So if you’re wondering what a library assistant does at work, here’s what has kept me busy so far:
- Working my way through a new employee workbook
- Answering the reference desk phone
- Helping people find books
- Helping people with printing, copy machine and fax problems
- Helping kids with computer game problems
- Signing people up for a tax prep program
- Signing people up for next week’s talk on hummingbirds
- Pulling “Holds” off the shelf
- Displaying new books at the entrance
- Organizing the Learning a Foreign Language shelf
- Finding books to add to a Horror Stories for Kids bookmark
- Setting up tables for a Book Bingo session
- Setting up more tables for a Mah Jongg tournament
There’s no time for book reading when you work in a library, but lots of time to learn what’s out there and plenty to look forward to. We just got a 3D printer and I can’t wait to see it in action!
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