Library Day in the Life: day 4

Posted on July 30, 2009
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Sat down at my laptop about 8:30 AM. This is a relatively quiet week for me, after an intense several months. I have two research projects set to start early August (for one, the advisory committee is still hammering out the scope; for the other, we’re waiting on one of the investigators to return from vacation). I’m also waiting with other researchers on the outcome of several grant applications we submitted. If the proposals are successful, it will be a busy fall.

Here’s a recap of my day:

Semi-retired office assistant Ceilidh is enjoying our favourite appliance in the heat

Semi-retired office assistant Ceilidh is enjoying our favourite appliance in the heat

  1. It’s A Search Party! Twitter Revamps Home Page. (Change aimed at highlighting Twitter as a research tool and at new users to experience Twitter’s immediacy.)
  2. Using pen and paper workarounds could boost EMR efficiency. (Comment on Twitter “integrating tech w/ what ppl do” from @pat_devine. I like the use of visual aids to help identify people with high blood pressure when they arrive in the ER)
  3. Is Vancouver About to Become the Greenest City in the World? (From the website. From the standpoint of a Vancouverite, this article paints the good and the bad and is pretty well balanced.)
  4. Mentor Yourself article on Inside Higher Ed.(Some good advice here.)
  5. 8 reasons I love Zotero on fellow librarian Tara Robertson’s blog
  1. Canada Values Health: Dialog on Health Care.
  2. Encyclopedia of Life (From homepage: “Imagine an electronic page for each species of organism on Earth…” – Edward O. Wilson. Visitors to site are invited to contribute photos by adding to the Flickr photo pool, EOL Flickr group. Already over 30,000 images. Makes me want to start the onerous task of scanning all my travel/wildlife photos! A quick search indicates I might actually have some to offer up.)
  3. Looked over the conference website for the International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication here in Vancouver in September. (Looks very interesting – I’m going to register tomorrow, after I contact them about what seems to be an unsecure registration page.)

What started out to look like a quiet day rather quickly became a rather hectic one instead. That’s one of the things I enjoy about consulting – you never know quite what’s coming down the road. I’m hoping to spend some time on the weekend reading through other librarians’ descriptions of their Library Day in the Life, as I haven’t really had a chance to do that yet.

Decided to quit early today – 4:15 PM – and move on to some personal projects, like working with my photos. Tomorrow promises to be a day of administrative tasks given that it’s month end.


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