Variety is the spice of life and I thought that as a relief from the silence of me not finding time to blog I would do a little day in the life type thing!:
I travel in by train & tube and generally check blogs in Feedly, and sometimes emailing ideas about work to myself!
I grab water & coffee as I get to my desk then get started!
On the day I’m using as a template for my day, I had a few bits and bobs that I wanted to get done immediately on getting in (ideally before my official start time of 9.30) so I had done what I often do in this scenario & both written a to do list on a post it & stuck it to my desk the night before & added it as a reminder in my outlook calendar so it popped up when I logged on.
The things I wanted to get done were to post on our internal blog about a new feature on one of our subscriptions. It was quite interesting and I would have put it up the day before had it not breached my personal rule of one blog post per day. I also had a fairly urgent email to respond to which required a US-based person to respond to me. They had promised to get back to me by the end of their working day so I checked for their reply and used it to send on my own email.
Once these two bits of business were out of the way, my 9.30 deal with email slot began!
I get an awful lot of emails. I’m not sure why I seem to get more than is usual but I tend to be quite disciplined about dealing with them, as if I ignore them they seem to breed! I file things to do, things to read & reference materials in various folders & then delete the rest. I try to at least spend some time sorting out emails at the start and end of each day so I block this time out in my calendar.
As part of my role, I look after the ‘relationships’ with 5 large vendors and on the day in question my next act was to attend a quarterly review meeting with one of these vendors followed by my regular catch up with my manager.
I then headed back to my desk & checked my emails before spending an hour or so checking a list of apps and adding descriptions of newly added apps. I then ran up to the restaurant & grabbed some soup to eat at my desk. I spent lunch doing some work on my Fellowship for the first time in ages! (I will start getting more done on this soon, honestly!)
In the afternoon, I had a catch up call with another vendor about the roll out of their new product and whether we were on track compared with the project plan. I had a few outstanding actions on the roll out so got on with those after the call. I then had a short catch up meeting with the chap in IT who deals with mobile applications.
I spent the remainder of the afternoon trying to reduce paperwork in preparation for a reduction in filing space & answering a couple of questions about whether we had access to some content.
I managed to leave more or less on time. On the tube, I checked Twitter to catch up with what the library world is up to & then on the train finished off an old (December!) copy of Information Outlook.
When at home, there was a twitter chat going on which I dipped into.
This probably isn’t reflective of my work but I don’t really have a standard looking day so it probably is as close as I could come. I have a lot of meetings – I have team meetings, catch ups with my boss and a few people in IT, regular quarterly meetings with some vendors, renewal meetings with others, meetings to review potential new products or provide feedback to improve or change current products as well as meetings and calls with other offices and for internal projects.
I look after our Clearance team from an information perspective and make sure they’re getting best use out of the products they have for KYC and other checks. I also manage a number of renewals each month, attend user groups and events for the products I look after, and run two internal groups to share best practice and knowledge of information products. The preparation for and attendance at all of these meetings and calls take a reasonable amount of my time.
The remainder of the time is spent on renewal discussions, looking at reviews and articles, planning out the roadmap and promotion of various things I look after, promotions, updating the intranet and answering enquiries.
All in all, a lot to juggle but it does mean that life stays varied! I hope this was interesting. It doesn’t feel very interesting reading it but I loved reading the Library Day in the Life project blogs when that was still going so maybe it will be of interest to someone out there!