Morning Meanderings… Librarian For A Day Experience


Good morning!  Happy Wednesday 😀

Yesterday afternoon I was able to go into the Library and learn about working the Reference Desk.  This is part of a program called “Librarian For A Day” where Library Board members and Friends Board Members are invited to come in and see what it is like to work the library.  It’s an amazing idea and really gives you a feel for what is really happening at the library.

My designated area yesterday was the Reference Desk.  I was able to work with Laurel (who is awesome!) as she explained to me all the Reference Desk does.  First off, we were surrounded by people with questions.  I found this interesting as we have the computers set up for people to look up book titles and availability – they can find book locations from there and reserve them if they are not available at this time – However people really seem to like to talk to a person with their requests, which was pretty great.  We assisted with checking on book availability, book titles, books by topic…  From the Reference Desk we could see if perhaps we did not have the book but another library in our system did and we could reserve it for the person to be sent to our library.

The Reference desk is also the area where the new books that are to be shelved come in.  This is interesting because our branch does not bar code the books, they go to a larger division of us that bar codes our purchases before they come to us.  We then need to check them into the system. ( notice how I am saying we  😛  )

Laurel was able to show me how to check in a couple new books.  We (there it is again)  put wide clear shipping tape on the spines of paperbacks when they come to help reinforce them from wear.  That is interesting!  They also receive a red removable tape that says New! to let people know that this is a new book at the library.  If a new book comes in and has holds on it, it then goes to the shelf for the hold if it is our Library, or into a bin to be sent to another library if the hold is there.  Pick up and delivery to the other libraries in our group happens 4 times a week.  In this case, the book that was just checked in was 12 Years A Slave, and that book had a hold on it for the Wadena Library so off we ( ahhh the “we” again!) went to drop it in the tote going to Wadena.  As pick up was in the morning, Laurel said that this book would be in Wadena tomorrow for the person who requested it.

The lady who works at the reference desk does all the book ordering for the library by looking through magazines of what is popular and what is coming.  What a fun job that would be!

I was only there a short time but it was worth it and I can not wait to do it again! 

27 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… Librarian For A Day Experience

  1. In high school, I worked part-time at our local library. If I hadn’t been headed off to college, I might have been able to land a permanent position. I found it an interesting and relatively calm job. An enjoyable book which gives a look at what being a librarian used to be like to Beverly Cleary’s biography Standing On My Own Two Feet.

  2. What fun! I spent a year behind the Reference Desk of our local library. There was a lot to learn (you are expected to be able to answer ANYTHING). I love that they invited you to experience the library in a new way.

  3. I am soooo envious. I have been an investment banker, teaching assistant in an primary school and now find funding for scientists in an university, BUT what I would really like to do be a librarian. I live in a small seaside town in the South of England and we only have a small library but our librarians are brilliant – they’ll find you the book you want even if it is on the other side of the county. Unfortunately, no volunteering here. Have fun.

  4. That is a great idea! My job happens to involve working at the reference desk (where I am at the moment) and I select all the books and DVDs for adults and teens, which is probably one of my favorite parts of my job. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have enough time to read through all the reviews!

    I am glad you had fun. I enjoyed reading about how your library works and your volunteer experience. Will you get to work in other departments too?

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