Doing What I Said I Would Do.
One of the things I can take away from being laid off from the library are two things: Running and training for a 1/2 marathon and something I said during one of my library interviews. One of the questions posed to me during the interview was about if the internet was down, how would I be able to do my job? As I answered the question with multiple options, everything mentioned, would come back to me one day when our library system was out.
- First breakout the DDC hardcover editions. While I may know 741.5 for Graphic Novel or 641 for Cooking or 000 for Computer Science off the top of my head, Dewey Decimal System is not something can fully remembered. Hence why I would refer to these books to know where in the library the subjects are located.
- I would also breakout my phone to use my internet access. If the library’s site is down, I would use another county’s website or WorldCat.org to find the subjects the books fall under and then check the stacks.
- While on the internet on my phone, I would look up options for other places for patrons to go to if they need computer and internet access.
While it took several years for this to come to fruition, everything that I mentioned above was exactly what I did. The library’s network had to go down for repairs which gave no computer or internet access to the patrons. I helped out my co-worker by breaking out the DDC who was helping a patron. We had also used our phones to use WorldCat.org to help find where materials and recommended several options to go to another library that is not connected to our system as well as information about going to the University of Miami’s library.
This may not seem like a big deal but it’s nice to know that if I say something is because I believe and can back it up with action.