This week wraps up another round of the Library Day in the Life project. During this time, my peers have been writing about their days, their struggles and triumphs that make up the work week. Through blog posts and tweets (#libday7), the sheer multitude of job duties that span the range of library types, sizes, and purpose emerges. One can scroll through the listing of participants from this round or previous rounds and see what a day is like for a library director, an assistant, a student, or intern. For anyone is who considering the field, a move within positions, or just curious about what it is like for our librarians, this wiki is a treasure trove of information.
For my part, I opted to be a cheerleader this time around on Twitter. For each day of the week, I tweeted a single simple statement of support for people to retweet to their followers.
- Monday: RT this if you’ve ever gotten help from a librarian (#libday7)
- Tuesday: RT if you found a favorite author because someone lent you their book #libday7
- Wednesday: RT if you believe that librarians can change people’s lives #libday7
- Thursday: RT if you’ve read a banned or challenged book #libday7
- Friday: RT if you love the library #libday7
Feel free to retweet any of these if you missed them the first time. I repeated the Tuesday tweet to give it another go round, but afterward just let them be. It’s hard to tell how many times these were passed to other people since retweeting is not a static thing, but I was impressed to see that the Monday tweet got over one hundred retweets through the Twitter interface. It also seemed to reach the furthest outside of libraryland, much to my delight.
During this week, I wrote a couple of blog posts about filtering, a quick post about the Library Day in the Life project, and (for good measure) my Sunday post about kindness in customer service. In comparison to previous months of writing, it feels like a slow news week even with the Aaron Swartz/JSTOR arrest and the closing of Borders bookstores and what that means for libraries (if it actually means anything). I dutifully combed my extensive Google Reader blogs for other things of interest, but nothing shouted for anything beyond sharing it on Twitter, Google Plus, or Facebook. Perhaps it was just an off week.
The one thing that this project makes me wonder about is how the librarian profession can share these experiences with our communities. A little insight into what it takes to build and maintain the library that some so casually dismiss might be some of the best advocacy we can get.