Librarian Skills: Vacation Preparation

Vacation is upon us!  Well, at least it is for me.  I had scheduled some time off in December early on in the year.  A few weeks ago, after consulting with our library’s scheduling goddess (really, I have no idea how she does it), we realized I had a few more vacation days that needed to be used.  Thus, I will be off work from December 13-December 26 (other than a training I’m going to).  Wow.

But before vacation starts, I need to take care of a few things here at work.  I’m lucky to have an awesome staff who keep the Youth Services department running smoothly at all times, so that’s never a worry (no pressure girls!).  I do try to leave them a list of special projects to work on, as well as a list of projects for our volunteers.  We’re heading into our “slow season,” so it’s a good time to clean house and get some things back in order.  The only thing out of the ordinary is that my staff needs to view a webinar about some changes coming to our circulation program.  My director is going to make sure all of them see the webinar before the changes take place.

Because my vacation falls in the middle of the month, however, there are some business things that need to be taken care of.  What needs to be done before I can have some fun?

-Schedule for January

-Monthly Board Report (early meeting due to the holidays)

-Final book orders for the year

-Final craft supply order for the year

-Winter Reading Program- Our WRP begins in January but we’re sending everything out to our branches next week.  Many of our staff members have vacation time coming up and we want everyone to have a chance to look over the program information before it starts.

I also need to do little things, like set up my auto-respond email message and voice mail (if I can figure out my phone), and maybe clear off my desk a bit.  I doubt the last one will happen.

What do you do to prepare for vacation?

 

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2 thoughts on “Librarian Skills: Vacation Preparation

  1. Jenni says:

    What is this “vacation” of which you speak? You mean, you get two weeks to hang out with The Tiny Human and you don’t have to work? 🙂
    I’ve never had a vacation, so I’m not sure what I’ll do with one when I get it. I am one of those annoying people, though, who works on things about two months ahead, so I might even be able to drop all the things and just vacation, then come back and get “caught up” on the stuff for next year or whatever.
    I know, I’m THAT person. I’m sorry I was photocopying my handouts for my SRP activity when you needed your flyers for the activity happening in five minutes. :o)
    Enjoy your vacation!

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