|Shelving books during move-in at the new Middletown library|
My cumulative experience includes 304 hours in Bellview Elementary School library during the 2013-2014 school year, 158 hours in the Middletown and Lakeport branches of the Lake County Library, 29 hours in Jackson County Library Services and 79 hours in the Sonoma State University library.
And there’s even more involvement and effort that the total does not reflect:
- A “Vote for the Library” yarn-bombing tag and bicycle-vest publicity
- The combination of “yarn bombing” with social media to promote awareness of libraries
- Coursework toward an Associate’s degree in library service
- Volunteering for a shelving project in Hannon Library, Southern Oregon University
- Professional editing of a special report for American Libraries magazine
- An ongoing focus in columns and blogging upon the value of libraries
- Administration of a small church lending library
Most of my counted effort has been in Access Services, defined by the American Library Association as “those functions in a library which enable the use of the collections.”
Among “Access Services” functions, the ALA includes circulation of materials, filling patron “hold” requests, “shelving and reshelving of materials and stack maintenance.” I’ve found these functions to essentially be identical in public and school libraries.
In addition to contributing to library Access Services, I created exhibits and designed marketing materials. I recommended titles, both as additions to the collection and candidates for removal.
With patrons who knew what they were looking for, I helped locate items on the shelves. For patrons who didn’t, I put effort into learning about items that I could recommend.
What makes this milestone especially rewarding is that for years, I envisioned library service as an “alternate-universe” career. I’m glad I took steps to anchor it firmly in my “universe-prime.” I look forward to accumulating many more hours of working in a library.