A faux-brarian is a person who is attempting to finish their MLIS while working as a library associate, causing many confusions to oneself and those around them. For instance, I often answer reference, reader's advisory and other librarian-type questions but that silly slip of paper I have yet to acquire says I am not a librarian at the present time. Oh well. Enough of that and on with the show!
- 12:50-1 PM: Stand in the cold since I am not a real librarian and therefore don't get keys to the building. Fortunately my teal tights keep me warm. Once someone with a key arrives, I scramble to turn on all the computers, printers, lights and so on while trying to figure out why the database printer continually spits out paper it attempted to print on Friday (i.e., not yesterday).
- 1-1:30 PM: Drink as much cappuccino as necessary to become a functioning human being while logging people into the computers for homework and games. Oh and thanks to a good reference handoff (see and I thought Reference Sources and Services was a waste of my time...look at me knowing the fancy terms) I was able to get the Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook before the patron even came downstairs to collect it. Good teamwork!
- 1:30-2 PM: Computer literacy abound. Basic things like how to copy and paste into a word document, ("let me know when your session is about to expire and it won't log you out")^3 and don't use glue by the computer, that's how technological nightmares are created. Oh children...
- 2-2:30 PM: Internal debate over whether or not I should tell a little girl no older than 5 to stop playing the sound on a Dora book because on the one hand it is an annoying sound, but on the other... she's reading. This is solved by an odd reference question boggling my mind: a young boy looking for a report on the Titanic movie. After a five minute ref. interview it is determined that he is looking for a movie review. I think... [Also, amongst other things: more computer literacy and previously mentioned tasks]
- 2:30-3 PM: Much more of the same, this time with a bathroom visit. Fun times. Sundays are the epitome of the lazy library unless a major project is due on Monday. Then it is Crazytown, USA. Running total: two new juvenile patrons have internet permission. That is all.
- 3-3:30 PM: Decide to work on the children's reference website update while it is relatively slow. Now that I have the finalists in the science category it is time to narrow them down into facets. Found that some of the sciences are covered (biology, environmental) while others are lacking.
- 3:30-5:00 PM: More of the same only I moved on from science to art. This is proving trickier because most of the sites I had bookmarked are dead. Time to start from scratch, which is aggravated by the fact that a boisterous patron continuously asks for a 3rd turn on the computers despite knowing the children's room internet policy by heart (which means no third turn, buster).
This is punctuated by my sneaking into the youth services office every so often to have some of my bagel. A new girl is reading/playing with the sound book. Damn I hate sound books.
Time to go home! I love how truncated Sundays are!