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That wasn’t so bad

My first “week” back at work has come and gone and it wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be. It makes it a lot easier to come back when everyone is just so happy to see you and tells you how glad they are that you are back. My co-workers have been very supportive and understanding. They are a huge part of why I love my job. Work is so much more fulfilling and enjoyable when you not only love what you do but like the people you work with as well.

I have so much catching up to do I don’t know where to begin! Thankfully, most people are waiting before asking me questions that they know I probably won’t know how to answer. I know that I’ll eventually get back in the swing of things but right now it seems like I’ll never get back in the groove. Among the things I have to start working on:

  • Helping Cindy with the conversion of our website. We’re moving away from using Front Page and using what I think is called a content management system. (Please correct me if I’m wrong. I’m not totally sure that’s what it’s called.) Cindy says it’s very tedious but she’s also a maniac about being able to manipulate code and accessibility so we’ll see.
  • Spending the rest of my teen book budget: a whopping $2500. This will mostly go towards filling in manga series and filling in other holes.
  • Whittling down my mending. Do you think the books that get all beat up and gross just disappear? Someone has to go through them, withdraw them from the system, and decide if it’s actually worth reordering. Doing mending is dirty and sad. Dirty because, let’s face it, people do icky things to library books. Sad because, books fall apart, some faster than others and it hurts to have to replace a manga that fell apart after 10 people checked it out.
  • Getting ready for our teen summer programs and summer reading club. YIKES! I don’t even want to go into what this will entail, mostly because I have no idea what we’re going to do. Just thinking about it makes my head pound.

I worked the reference desk for just a little bit on Thursday and I was reminded of just how much fun it was. Once I was able to figure out that someone wanted the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books and not books about diarrhea (kids mumble, all right?), I was good to go. I’ve always loved being able to help people find the information they’re looking for. I’m also looking forward to seeing my teens again. Thinking about how far behind I am makes me remember just how much I do at the library, how far I’ve come in my career, and how much I enjoyed doing it all. I’ve always felt so proud of my accomplishments and, even though things as I make time for my new family, I can’t wait to add more to the list!

On my first day back they also happened to be taking pictures for a National Library Week promotion. It was perfect timing because posing for this picture reminded me of what I’m always striving to be: a SUPER LIBRARIAN!

Don't mess with Super Librarian!

Don't mess with Super Librarian!

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My world of work

I’m still working as a Librarian for the Carrollton Public Library. Officially my title is Librarian but unofficially I’m the Teen Librarian. Basically, I do all things teen related. This means planning activities to get teens into the library, buying books (HOORAY!) for the teen collection, and overseeing the teen advisory group. I really truly enjoy it. When one of my teens (a true sweetheart) presented me with a baby blanket she knitted for the baby, I felt so lucky to be doing what I’m doing.

Not knowing that I’d be carrying around a growing human being, I planned all kinds of stuff for the Summer: a murder mystery program, three after hours programs, and a Guitar Hero 3/DDR tournament. Thank goodness I had LOTS of help. I cut out a lot of stuff I was planning for the Fall before I actually  finalized everything so after October my programming workload lightened a bit. (Maybe the little guy was already dropping hints on his appearance!) But we did do a lot of fun stuff for Teen Read Week. We made stuffed critters out of felt and had an indoor Capture the Flag.

I’m still working on the library’s website but not as much as I used to.  I think my website partner in crime lets me get away with doing less because I’m responsible for our teen blog. I’m also still serving on the library’s System Support Team which means, if the computers are acting up, I’m one of the people they call.

Volunteering for Libraries Build Communities

Volunteering for Libraries Build Communities

I was appointed to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA, it’s a division of the American Library Association) Committee for Professional Development in the Summer of ’07. Although their charge sounds pretty self explanatory one of our tasks this year was to rewrite some of the committee’s duties.

This was also my first year attending ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia and the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. It was an amazing experience, especially if you are a librarian nerd like me! In Philly I didn’t lick the Liberty Bell but I did have dinner with a bunch of Asian librarians. And in Anaheim, I got to spend some quality time with my dear friend Elle who drove all the way out from Phoenix!

I’m really excited about my latest appointment. This year I was nominated to serve on YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults–a committee I’ve been dying to get on for years! Beginning in February (hopefully, I never got a confirmation from the chick in the YALSA office about my acceptance of the position), I’ll be doing a lot less reading and a lot more reading. It just make maternity leave way more interesting.

I’ve had to make some schedule adjustments. It was getting so hard for me to work from 12-9. (I was always wiped out the next morning!) I’m trying to get everything together before I go out on leave. That part has been pretty hard for the control freak in me because it means I’m going to have to turn over my duties to other people for a while. I’m hoping to be able to take 12 weeks of maternity leave. It’s going to be hard to be gone but I think it’s going to be even harder to go back!

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