So this is a short week for me. In fact, it’s already over! I’m heading to Orlando tomorrow to attend the ALA Annual Conference. I’ll be attending as part of the Student to Staff program, which sends on student each from about 40 library schools nationwide to the annual conference. I’ll be working with the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, or ALCTS, and attending events in my spare time. Hopefully I’ll learn a lot and be able to bring some of what I’ve learned back to my job.
My week with the academic library wasn’t cut short, although it will be next week. But this week I worked some more on cataloging. I really think I’m getting the hang of it now. The library just got in a bunch of books on business (the school will be adding a business major in the near future) so I’ve been cataloging those, mostly on my own. I kind of like it. Once you get in a rhythm, it’s pretty easy going and fairly enjoyable. There were two books that could not be found in OCLC, meaning we would have to create an original catalog entry for them. Becky went over original cataloging procedures with me and told me that we would work on them some more next week.
Jacqueline also sent me a PowerPoint presentation that she and Becky had been working on. It was an orientation to the library’s psychology resources and is designed to help students in psychology classes with their research. Jacqueline and Becky are going to record dialogue for it and post it online. Jacqueline wanted me to look it over and revise it to incorporate a narrative about two students looking for resources. I worked on that a good bit, and I think I managed to make some decent revisions. It should turn out well.
I was only over at the public library for one day, so I didn’t have time to do a whole lot there. There will obviously be no computer class this week, since I’ll be out of town. I did do a little work on my class for next week, which focuses on internet and email basics. I also started looking through the resources that I do have for appropriate reference books. One of the books I ordered came in, so I looked through that a little, but I didn’t have time to do much. I’ll really get into it next week. Right now I’m focused on getting ready for the conference. Maybe I’ll post about it if I have time. If not, then you’ll know I was busy!