Thursday is my late night, so I had a very nice morning in Hove, drinking coffee and writing a few notes on my Chartership whilst reading “Building your Portfolio: the CILIP Guide” . Then we read in the paper that part of the West Pier in Brighton was being dismantled this morning so we went down to the seafront to take a look. They’d removed the first part of the sunken bashed up old pier because there was unusually low tides which meant there was good access. So we just saw a big pile of bits of pier on the beach and some wokrmen in diggers.
Back home and had a special treat – battered sausage and chips for lunch, mm hadn’t had that in ages. Anyway, onto librarian related activities… headed to work for 2, and the phone rang as soon as I sat down. It was the the Systems Librarian who then popped up and we had a chat about an issue to do with the catalogue and how information is displayed and whether it is clear enough for users of our external colleges and other non-Uni sites. I still need to consider it and let her know any suggestions/opinions I may have.
It was time then to go to Reprographics and pick up the A3 posters that they did for us to promote the drop in sessions. They look pretty good and I stuck a few up, and left some for colleagues to take and put up around the Schools so students hopefully see then on their way to lectures. Following an email from a colleague I was jolted with the realisation I was meant to have ordered the promo pencils for the Information Services promotional week and I HADN’T DONE IT YET!!!! I meant to do it earlier in the week so I very rapidly dug out the email from the rep at the company and requested a repeat order asap, they were very efficient and replied straight away with the quote and I got that signed and sent off. Phew. They’ll arrive in time too for the week beginning 22nd. Double phew.
By the time I’d finished with that it was dinner time, so I enjoyed my pasta and a few biccys from the tin in the staff room and headed to the enquiry desk for the evening session. Continued to have a very productive sessions and got lots done, including sending my mentor meeting log to my mentor (bit of a toungetwister that is) and that was a miracle as the deadline was actually Friday! Wednesday night was the last night of 24 hour opening so I stuck a few posters up to remind the students that tonight we close at 2am instead of staying open all night… no one complained this time fortunately. Last Summer when I worked at the end of the 24 hour opening some students got really annoyed we closed at 2 because they wanted to stay in the library ALL night, because that’s what they always do the night before an exam. Hmm, doesn’t seem a great idea to me. They demanded the manager’s phone number and that we stay open all night. wasn’t going to happen. I pointed out that the posters had said exactly when it ended and had been up for the past 6 weeks, but they still claimed ‘no-one told them’. Oh well… Overall a productive and busy day, was very glad to head home at 9. As we cycled home a three wheeler looked like it had broken down so we stopped and helped the old chap push it into a parking space at the side of the road. Initially we rode past but then doubled back to see if he was OK as he could have been quite vulnerable, but he was alright. Got home and watched ‘Delia through the ages’ on i-player. Chocolate bread and butter pudding…mmmmmmm.