As initially predicted, the likelihood of me maintaining regular posts was slim. Operation? Interviews? Starting a new job? Moving house? Not having internet in the new house? Would such trifling matters interfere with regular weekly blog-posts??? In my case, yes. Yes they would.
I started my new job – Library Assistant with the Content Management Team at University of Stirling. It’s great – good people; learning lots. We do a 3 week rotation: acquisitions, serials and e-journals. I’m still getting my head around different processes and routines, but here are my favourite things about the job so far:
I get to date stamp and RECEIVED stamp things. A lot. I love it. It has been suggested that this may be due to the fact that I didn’t have a Post Office set as a child, and therefore never used up my enthusiasm for stamping age 5. It has also been suggested – after confessing an overwhelming urge to ask if I could stamp my own loyalty card when getting coffee the other day – that I may have a problem. (In my defence, the coffee people have adorably tiny stamps for this task.)
Buying Books: On Acquisitions week I’m basically getting paid to find and buy books. Not that I get to keep them, but I do get to unwrap them which is one of the best parts. E-books involve a lot less unwrapping….none in fact. (And less stamping.) Pfft, technology.
Entertaining titles and author names: The two best so far have been Carl Death… “Haha, Mr Death – that’s brilliant! Wouldn’t it be great if he had a PhD and was Dr Death…[cue internet stalking- I mean, research]….OH MY GOODNESS, HE DOES!!!!” and Avoiding Errors in Adult Medicine written by a Dr Ian Reckless.
Stirling Uni campus: It’s so green, and you can (just) see the loch from our room. The ducks, swans and coots don’t have a regular route past our window but there’s a bunny that makes a regular appearance, and also Ninja Squirrel. He was actually called Killer Squirrel (apparently after serials librarian commented that squirrels eat meat) but a few Thursdays ago when we didn’t have our team meeting (manager on leave and serials librarian off sick) I called an impromptu meeting to vote that Killer Squirrel be renamed, as it seemed a bit libellous when noone had any evidence of his having killed anything.
Book Trolley Zoo: I have my own book trolley. I asked if I was allowed to decorate it. I was told, “yes”. (Although it is distinctly possible that this may have been an ‘anything to shut her up’ response). After much deliberation, Panda Book Trolley was born:
Next on the cards are Tiger Trolley and Welsh Dragon Trolley.