Back to Library Life

After nearly two weeks off, I’m back at the library!

I should add that I’m the genius who scheduled her first day back at work on a Saturday when upgrades are being done to the circulation system.  So far, all is quiet on the circ desk front.

I hope everyone has had a lovely holiday season.  The Tiny Human and I had a great Christmas.  Santa brought exactly what Atticus wanted….

The Elusive Chocolate Walrus

And now, back to work!



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?



Normally, I take a vacation near the end of August, as my reward for surviving Summer Reading.  This year, a whole bunch of things pushed vacation back a few weeks…and pushed it back a few weeks more….

But now I’m officially on vacation!  A week and a few extra days of rest and relaxation!

I already have reader’s cramp (that ache in the back of your neck after hours of reading).  It’s been worth it.

So far on this vacation, I’ve read the following:
Cress by Marissa Meyer (WHEN DOES WINTER COME OUT?!?!)
Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien
Losing It by Melvin Burgews, et al

I’m almost halfway through Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen.  Will definitely be doing a full review of this!

Now if I can only talk The Tiny Human into letting me sleep in this week….