I’ve been busy at work lately, keeping track of “regular” things as well as learning new skills!
I’m still enjoying my weekly “shadowing” shift on the Research Services Desk at Perkins Library. I’ve started assisting patrons, which has been fun. So far, the questions I’ve helped with have been pretty easy, but it’s still fun to help. This past Wednesday, I directed a couple of patrons to the floors where they could find particular books or subjects they were looking for. Toward the end of my shift, I saw one of those patrons over at the Circ Desk, checking out several books. Nice.
One of the things I’ve enjoyed about spending a couple of hours a week at the Perkins Reference Desk is that I get to see library colleagues I don’t get to see as often, since Duke Libraries employees are spread around campus. Sometimes staff members come by the desk, but sometimes I run into them surreptitiously on my way in or out of the library. I take a campus bus between Perkins and my work base, and sometimes I get to catch up with colleagues on the bus, if they happen to be traveling to my building or another campus location when I’m riding the bus too.
In other news: just this week, I’ve logged into ContentDM and started learning how to create metadata for some of Duke’s Digital Collections. I have my own batch of about 100 images to catalog! It’s a little slow-going right now, since it’s so new, and I’m trying to be so careful, but it’s exciting too!