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Jan 31 / Kimberly

Library Day in the Life Round 8 (#LibDay8) – Tuesday

The Library Day in the Life Project is a semi-annual event coordinated by Bobbi Newman of Librarian by Day. Twice a year librarians, library staff and library students from all over the globe share a day (or week) in their life through blog posts, photos, video and Twitter updates.

I’m blogging during Library Day in the Life Round 8, January 30th through February 5th, 2012.

Today is Tuesday, the day after the Monday I returned to the office after being away for 3 amazing days at the SLA Leadership Summit. Today is much better than yesterday because Mondays are always so hectic, and even moreso after being away. Here’s what my Mondays typically look like:
TeamMeeting>StressyMeeting>FixNetwork>CleanseVirusOnLaptop>UpdateWebsite>UpdateBlog>
UpdateLibGuide>InhaleLunch>Meeting>MentorIntern>SuperviseOtherIntern>Class> RushHomeToTakeChildSkating>FeedChild….. and so on.
Tuesdays I usually have a chance to assess what needs to be done, prioritize, then dive in. I’ve already checked and triaged my email on the way to work (thank you TTC for behaving this morning) so I already know the first thing to tackle today is to update a few LibGuides for the courses I support. And coffee, definitely.
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With the LibGuides updated and ready for Thursday’s class, I take a few minutes to review my favourite blogs. I see that my buddy Amy is also participating in #LibDay8, and read her post. I also check out Stephen’s Lighthouse and Dysart & Jones. And Engadget.
This week is the OLA SuperConference, and I’ve signed up for the Leadership Renewal workshop – I’d better get to that homework. I also have some articles to write for the Courier – I’m SLA Toronto‘s prez-elect this year – and I see that a prof has sent more material for me to add to his LibGuide. Sigh.
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As an academic think tank, our primary goal is to publish as much as we can. However, the time lag between finishing a research paper and having it published can often be more than a year. To facilitate and accelerate getting our work out of the think tank and into our community, I created the MPI Working Paper Series. We publish working papers so that the most current research can be released into fellow researchers as quickly as possible; once these working papers are published in a journal, I replace the working paper with a link to the published version in the journal. Voila! Rapid Research!

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Lunch time! a quick sandwich with a colleague. While at lunch, I receive 30 new emails. Arrgh!

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Here at the MPI our community of researchers is global. One of our senior research scientists has been visiting us for the past two weeks and is returning to Vancouver this evening. She will need to access our data and documents remotely, so I’m setting up her laptop with VPN access.

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Just got a random request for any research existing on cultural (arts) patterns between urban and sub-urban populations. Uh, no.

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Signing up for various workshops on Assessment in Academic Libraries, and discussing an interesting report released last year entitled “Redefining the Academic Library: Managing the Migration to Digital Information Services“.

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Darn – I began writing my bio blurb for the SLA Courier and totally got distracted. Better finish it up and get it to the editor ASAP. I use EverNote for stuff like this so I can access my brain waves from anywhere.

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Which reminds me – I meant to find the podcast from Sunday’s ReCivilization, Don Tapscott’s new radio show. Don interviewed John Seely Brown. Very interesting stuff.

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OOH! Zotero 3.0 has been released. Looking forward to messing around with it. I have been using Zotero to manage our citations database for about six months. Before that I used EndNote, but I was frustrated with the inability for my distributed research team to share citation libraries. Zotero makes it much easier. My researchers think I’m a life saver since introducing them to citation management – it really saves them time. I love that they think I’m a super star 🙂

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Playing around with Paper.li. I wish I could publish tweets from a particular day — or maybe it can and I just haven’t figured it out yet. Twapperkeeper also looks fun – oh, wait — looks like HootSuite ate them. Hmm.

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Renewing domain names. Moving to a new DNS service. Updating blogs. Various system tidying – up.

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Gotta go – time to pick up my boy from daycare. Over and out for now!