Reflective Log: Monday 14th January 2013

Last week was a bit of a blur really – it somewhat dragged, but at the same time didn’t feel like it was full of much. I was battling a migraine on and off for most of the week, so that might explain the blurriness of everything. I’m also struggling with some personal issues at the moment, which I’m not going to divulge here, but if this post seems pretty flat and less enthusiastic than normal that’ll be why.

Monday and Tuesday morning I had nothing specific scheduled in, so it was background tasks time. I filled this space with sorting out the shelf ends for the journals in the basement floors, as they’d been down there for some time now and there was still no signage. Making all the different shelf ends and laminating them all (around 100 of them) was very time-consuming, as was putting them up, due to a shortage in sticky pads and blu-tak not working on the type of plastic the sheets were laminated with.  I’d thought this was a task that I’d be able to look at once it was finished and feel proud of what I’d done, but they all just look a bit shit, really.

Went to another ASG meeting. More acronyms that I didn’t understand and discussion that I couldn’t contribute to. Followed by a meeting on collection development, in which we focused on guidelines for weeding yet more print journals. Pretty interesting, but not really sure I can contribute to that either (good lord, aren’t I dull this morning). Also did my usual info desk slots, but quite often I seem to get far fewer enquiries than other members of staff – I wonder if it’s because I look too much like a student. Thursday morning I worked downstairs with the systems team. The task they’d got for me to do couldn’t be done due to, ironically, a technical issue, so I was just uploading documents from discs into a folder for two hours. Another team member then showed me something to do with electronic journals and updating Millennium. I didn’t entirely follow it, but it was more interesting than the rest of the morning had been.

Friday was the most interesting day of the week, as I finally got to see our branch at the management campus on the other side of Bradford. The library was tiny and I think it would be easy to get quite bored being there for a long stretch of time, but I enjoyed the change. I’ll post more about the management library later in the year when I’m working there for longer than just a morning. But yeah, it was cute. Lovely building, much more relaxed atmosphere than here at JBP so it was a nice short breath of fresh air (there, as difficult as it was, I said something nice in this post).

I also got my library school application sent off, so maybe I’ll hear something back about that some time maybe. Very, very busy week ahead of me. We’ll see how that goes.

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