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Wednesday has already been described, so, Thursday …

More of the same. I spent some more time on the circ desk, decided to move a few things around in the collection, and got ready for my first board meeting. The board meeting ran until 9:15ish, making for a 12 hr, 45 minute day (minus 20 minutes each for lunch and dinner) – not counting the commute! By the end of the day, I had met all of the paid staff. I also learned how to run reports in the ILS (Millennium) and ran a dusty books report showing everything that hadn’t circulated for two years.

Friday morning was spent taking care of tasks that came from the board meeting. I also put together some ideas and requirements for the intern who is putting together our new website. I hadn’t slept much the night before, so by lunch time I was dragging a little. The board had approved a motion for me to purchase a laptop, and after doing some research I found the best price at the Best Buy in Fairview Heights and took a long lunch to pick it up and purchase new blinds for the library workroom (the ones I inherited were both broke).

Google Maps lied about travel time, and I got back to the library later than I had wanted to. I got one of the new blinds put up, but I needed a power drill to do it right, so I decided to put off the project until Saturday. Instead, I started to set up my new computer, which led to more frustration. The way the library’s LAN is set up, we are out of IP addresses. Currently, I’m waiting for the fix from our tech guy.

I made it to the library an hour before open Saturday and got the first blind installed correctly. As I started on the second, our bookkeeper showed up and we talked for awhile. I eventually installed the second and put together a previously unused storage shelf for our workroom – my goal for the day. The rest of the morning was spent chatting with a couple of board members who came in for their reserve books and finding the right edition of a book for a teen patron.

Otherwise, I’m working on ordering my first batch of books and setting up a tracking system for their budget. The tasks for this coming week include:

  • Find out what’s going on with our internet and get it fixed
  • Introduce myself to the school principals, church pastors, etc.
  • Brainstorm for an advocacy plan
  • Brainstorm for future programming
  • The June employee schedule

So much to do.


Smithton Public Library, Day 1.

I was able to kind of organize my work area by throwing away most things more than a year old. I was able to chat with several venders, and work out web hosting with the system. I learned how to set up a new library card, check out, and check in books. I added 30 yrs worth of both National Geographic and American Heritage to the book sale (they were formerly residing in a storage closet). I ate Chinese food for lunch.

That really doesn’t sound like much written out, but trust me, that took all day.

For all intents and purposes, there were no computers at the UIUC Library from 10:00 AM until 12:30 PM today. By UIUC Library, I mean all of them, not just an isolated building.

I’m a little scetchy on the technical details, but apparently, “McAfee antivirus erroneously detected and removed a Windows file that allows it to connect to the network,” an error which caused any machine running Windows XP (98% of them or so) to be inoperable. The problem was apparently campus-wide as well, so there were many a wide-eyed student looking for a functioning printer for their papers due at the next class.

During the outage, we still checked out books. Manually. With cards. We couldn’t check any in and we couldn’t access our own catalog, so we were otherwise dead-in-the-water. Time was spent reading and deflecting patrons from trying to start up the computers on their own, as well as answering their numerous questions regarding the issue.

What did we learn from this experience? Obviously, the integrated library system and other computer-aided tasks have completely superseded any other function of the library to the point that we were moribund during this down-time. Also, while the phone-tree to spread the word concerning the problem without the use of email was effective, there were no other guiding policies that were followed during this period to insure smooth operation.

Thankfully, patrons, for the most part, took the situation in stride and most went on with their usual uses of our library – studying and sleeping. The rest cleared out, and if they are anything like me, enjoyed a beautiful spring day.