Back to the serious business of law libraries. (Are you kidding? Late on a Friday afternoon?)
I'd like to take a few moments to commiserate (not to be mistaken for whining) with other librarians, particularly solos, who bravely bear their burdens alone.
Here's my last couple of days (you've had days like this, too, I know) …
I'm slugging my way through an uncommonly large backlog of information and research requests. I'm thinking that I might almost have it under control by the end of the week if I really work my butt off and sequester myself away. But then I lose my internet connection for half a day. Unfortunately, the backlog continues to grow thanks to email, phones and (by virtue of location and design) the drive-by availability of me. I notice that there is a direct correlation between the number of new requests I get and the duration of internet loss. Hmmmm … note to self … plan out of office excursions during future internet fiascos.
When our library was renovated along with the rest of the office several years ago, it seemed a good idea at the time to be more visible and accessible. Previously I'd been in a corner (and "nobody puts baby in a corner") far, far removed from almost everyone else and since the firm hadn't had anyone providing library services for a few years, I really had to work at getting people to remember to come to me for assistance. You can see how being more "out there" would have been an attractive option at the time. So here I am … in the middle of a thoroughfare where everyone who sees me is reminded of a question they have. I'm now thinking of snagging that empty office across from the library and making it my own so as to minimize some of the "drive-by" activity. You who are planning library renovations, pay heed.
So yes, those are my solo tips for the day …
#1 – Plan out-of-office excursions when the internet goes down.
#2 – Always have an office with a door and some well-respected focus time.
What are your best tips for those who work solo?
Now I'm going to my happy place, which also just so happens to have a "happy hour"! Have a great weekend, everyone!