Week in the life of a small academic library director

I've enjoyed reading the various Library Day in the Life posts this week. I thought I would add my two cents, but in different format. Instead of a single day, here is an overview of my entire week. I will probably attempt the actual day in the life post once the semester gets into swing. That's when my life is most interesting. Summers are a hodgepodge of boring back office stuff.


  • Updated information about new MLA and APA styles on web site
  • Installed new barcode wand on first circulation computer and replaced the broken cord on the barcode wand on the second circulation computer
  • Met with Physical Plant Director about roof leak
  • Began to write staff performance appraisals
  • Notified everyone working in the building of the problem with the A/C chiller and Physical Plant's timeframe for the fix
  • Wrote narrative describing library resources supporting the athletic training curriculum as part of a self-study team for program re-accreditation


  • Updated content on athletic training subject guide on web site
  • Posted draft minutes of RUSA Reference Services Section's Web Advisory Committee to ALA Connect and emailed to appropriate RSS folks
  • Sent email welcoming new member who has agreed to join RUSA MARS Local Systems & Services
  • Posted draft minutes of Local Systems & Services Committee to ALA Connect and emailed to new member not yet in the system
  • Created a planning document in ALA Connect for our discussion forum on the local customization and evaluation of discovery services to be held at Midwinter in Boston
  • Ran a wide variety of reports on circulation statistics of unbound and bound journals
  • Met with Director of Academic Resource Center to learn about the positive changes being made to the football study tables that are held in the library during fall semester
  • Re-iterated my philosophy that "fear of theft" is not a criterion for collection development


  • Signed authorizations for bill payment and entered amounts into my budget tracking spreadsheet.
  • Continued to write performance appraisals
  • Met with faculty member coordinating the last class in our Arts & Humanities sequence to refine library instruction objectives from last semester
  • Reviewed the final details of the DVD relocation and reclassification (from Dewey to LC) project
  • Reviewed existing processing workflow of serials and the long standing circulation policy of serials (Circ stats are low, time investment in front/backend processing is high, rationale for circulating is no longer valid in my opinion..again fear of theft and cutting.)
  • Met with Computer Services staff to learn what network services will still be available to the second year (were DC now are Northwest State) students in our 1+2+1 nursing program with Northwest State Community College 


  • Met with circulation supervisor and A/V coordinator to plan for student worker needs for coming academic year and talk about potential for cross-training students to work circulation and A/V tech support
  • Reviewed existing loan rules, loan rule limiter table, and what authorizations our students have in Millennium with circulation supervisor in order to submit a request to OPAL Help to enact the policy change to no longer circulate serials
  • Met with faculty member coordinating Master of Arts in Education graduate program to finalize process for loading theses into the OhioLINK Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Center
  • Created authorization form and letter to be sent to targeted past graduates to obtain permission to digitize their theses to load into the ETD Center
  • Emailed and then talked on the phone with the Assistant Dean for Adult and Graduate Programs to initiate process with OhioLINK for Defiance College to join the ETD Center


  • Reviewed our current statistics of missing items and discussed the "search for missing item process" with circulation supervisor
  • Walked the stacks for 15 minutes and found six of the missing books (go me!)
  • Learned via email that I chose wisely during database funding reconstruction. The Library will be paying a larger percentage than in the past, but our students and faculty will still have access to specific discipline databases. 
  • Exchanged emails with OhioLINK about our request to join the ETD Center
  • Met with circulation supervisor about student worker evaluation process
  • Continued to write staff performance appraisals
  • Submitted request to OPAL Help to make necessary changes to specific loan rules to enact our policy change of making serials non-circulating

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