2009 was a very busy year for me. As the Assistant Librarian for the zoo, I kept the library running smoothly (no easy task), by handling all of the collection maintenance, supervising volunteers, obtaining inter-library loans and answering any questions people threw at me. But that’s not really enough, is it?
- I cataloged 342 items for the library, sending out monthly emails to alert our staff when new items came in.
- I added 205 articles published in 2009 by our staff to our publications list, reformatted that list, and added password protection to the directory of PDFs to be in compliance with copyright law.
- I created an online archival database for the Zoological Society archives, based on Archon open-source software (the records are still being propagated with data, however).
- I created a sitemap for our library website and set-up a Google custom search engine, so our staff can more easily find whatever they’re looking for on the site.
- In honor of Darwin’s 200th anniversary, all three of our library staff members teamed up to create a video for the zoo’s Darwin Day celebration. It’s not available online, but it was pretty neat and worth mentioning.
- I updated the library’s Technical Processing manual, last updated in 2003, to reflect the myriad technological developments and revised processes we’ve had since then.
- I bottle-fed and hosed down a baby rhino.
…But, as an hourly employee, my workweek is only 40 hours long. What on earth have I been doing with the other 100+ hours I have each week?
- I worked four days in the SLA-SD Chapter Archives as a member of the Archives Committee. (In 2010, I’m now the Chapter Archivist, looking for committee members to assist me… but that’s a different, forthcoming post of its own.)
- I posted in this blog 95 times since its inception in April, for an average of nearly three posts per week.
- I uploaded 1067 photos to Flickr, most of which I actually quite like.
- I read 66 books. Some were excellent, some were not.
- I visited a new and exciting place, and re-visited somewhere very dear to me.
- I sent out a staggering 2,271 emails.
- I taught three SAT prep classes and tutored high school students for Kaplan Test Prep.
- I bottle-fed a baby otter.