Library Day in the Life, Day 4: Thursday January 28th

Busy and frustrating day, one of those where you look back and can't remember what happened, you just know that you had no more than five minutes of uninterrupted time. Seems like more and more days are turning into that kind of day. Closed more of those trouble tickets-down to 23, which is still too many-and since Christina (new programmer) now exists in Active Directory-yay!-I got her into the web server. It's such a relief to have someone else on board for web stuff.

I'm hoping that means I will have more days with uninterrupted time for bigger projects and writing. All new librarian hires at Auraria since 2005 have come on as tenure-track faculty. I feel strongly about this, and in spite of how stressful the comprehensive review process was, I'm glad to have 30% of my time officially allotted for research and creative activities. I'm in the exciting pre-project mode where there are a couple of options and offers floating about, and I'm trying to decide what I want to do this year. We also have amassed quite a bit of data-web statistics, IM transcripts, Bugzilla trouble tickets, etc.-in the past couple of years.

I also had a nice surprise about some past research today. My colleague Elaine was reading an article in the latest Reference and User Services Quarterly and found this "McHale" person in footnote 22. More specifically, it was an article called "Toward a User-Centered Home Page" that I wrote for the Journal of Web Librarianship.

I had to leave shortly after noon to pick up Jack, our seven-year-old, to take him to his monthly infusion appointment. He has a genetic immune deficiency called X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia that runs in my family. We headed over to the infusion room at National Jewish Hospital, one of Denver's great health care assets, and then we went back to work for a bit. My coworkers treat him like a rock star, which makes the whole work/life balance a lot easier on infusion days.

Hoping for a more productive day tomorrow.


In the midst of the daily struggles it is good to find the little victories...therefore your colleague finding the citation to your work and your little man being treated like a rock star are totally in that vein. As you face your personal struggles, know that you have a cheering section in your corner -- you know who they are! - Roy Tennant