Friday, June 8, 2018

How busy is your Librarian? : A day in the life of a Librarian

Title : Registered Librarian / Entry Level
Location: Work2Live University
Work Shift: Monday-Friday, 7:00 am - 4 pm (a total of 9 hours which includes 1 hour Break)

7:00-7:15       Time-In 
7:30 - 8:00     Desk Startup
8:00 - 8: 30    Checking/Replying to work emails, 

                       Social Media Notifications ,  Phone Messages.
8:30 - 9:00     Checking/Working on Backlogs 
9:00 - 12:00   Attending Customer Needs
12:00 - 1:00   Lunch Break
1:00 - 2: 00    Attending Customer Needs
2:00 - 3:00     Technical Service (Processing of Library Materials)
3:00 - 3:45     Collection Maintenance (Shelving, Book Returns)
3:45 - 4:00     Desk Cleanup 
4:00 - 4:15     Time-Out

Routines and daily task usually changes over time for some reasons like moving to another section or service area. 
In academic libraries or libraries in Universities and Colleges, Approximately,  there are 5 sections that are very vital to the service.

Circulation Section - The Librarian manages the borrowed and returned/unreturned materials. Also prepares the client's book identification card, fines and obligations.

Technical Section - The Librarian prepares the materials to be borrowed. From acquisition, delivery and encoding/ownership

Multimedia Section - The Librarian supervises the use of computers, audio-visual materials, digital-electronic resources , multimedia rooms and discussion rooms

Periodicals/Serials Section - The Librarian handles the everyday printed collections like newspapers, magazines, journals, also the E-journals and the like.

Reference Section - The Librarian responds to ready-reference questions, referrals, phone-calls, library outside visitors and prepare library users statistics.

It may also change depending on library priorities, deadlines and change in work schedule. 

Librarians are different kinds.
Librarians are hired depending on knowledge and skills expertise.
Librarians can work from different kind of organization from being a Schools Employee to a Company Staff to a Government Employee.

It's very important that Librarians must know how to handle work alone with minimum supervision. The fact that they are Information Resource Specialist they must be ready to deliver the right service , on the right time and on the right place.


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