Librarian by Day

The blog of Bobbi L. Newman, geek librarian, USA

What is a librarian’s day like?

This is getting ridiculous!

My desk at the library

Wow I saw this come across in the search terms used to find my blog.  I’m assuming it’s someone considering becoming a Librarian and I thought what an amazing opportunity!  If I post about this and get others to do it too, it will allow librarians to share amongst ourselves (our positions are changing so rapidly) and also  to let the public know what we do.  I’m not sure I have the ability to start a meme, but I really hope other librarians will pick this up as sort of a meme and write about their day or week on their blogs

Since my days vary so much, I’m going to write about my week, look for it some time next week.  In the mean time please consider doing this on your blog if you have one!

Edited at 7/9/08 2:30pm Central to add: This morning while I was busy playing videos games Lori Reed created a wiki for this idea where you can add your name and your blog to the list if you’re particpating.  Go sign up! key is “library”

Written by Bobbi Newman

July 8, 2008 at 11:00 am

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  1. Haha! My desk looks just like that! Thanks for starting this meme… I might do a daily summary Wed-Wed since my days vary a lot, too!

    lauren pressley

    July 8, 2008 at 11:59 am

  2. A cool idea…. but I’m not sure I have a typical day, week, or even year! :) I will give it some thought though….

  3. What a great use of web statistics looking at your blog traffic! I will post something too and let you know when I’ve done it. :-)


    Connie Crosby

    July 8, 2008 at 12:27 pm

  4. Wow I would love to see what other librarian days are like. I’ve actually been thinking about doing this for a while. As a full time “trainer” I often hear…what do you do all day you only teach a few classes a month…as a result I thought it would be fun to document a day in the life of…

    Thanks for starting this!

    Lori Reed

    July 8, 2008 at 2:25 pm

  5. […] in my week Posted on July 8, 2008 by J This is a great idea from another librarian to talk about a “day in the life”. But I have to agree with her that just describing […]

  6. I’m so excited to see the blog posts that get written up! I really hope this spreads, it’s going to be so interesting so how other people send their days.

    Bobbi Newman

    July 8, 2008 at 6:09 pm

  7. […] L. Newman, over at Librarian by Day, has posted an interesting challenge: for library bloggers to post about what they do in a day of work. As with most of the commenters, […]

  8. Howdy,

    My weeks as a new library media specialist are amazingly exciting! Currently I’m processing over 1,500 books that were donated. Barcodes and spine labels have become my closest friends.

    Check out our website to see me shelving the Follett Opening Day Collection.

    We are collecting box tops for education to assist the collection development.

    Any experienced elementary library media specialists that wish to give me wisdom and advice for success in my first year please e-mail me at

    Margo in Virginia

    Margo Jantzi

    July 9, 2008 at 4:37 am

  9. I’ll join in. My day varies from day to day because I work alternately as a reference librarian, an archivist and an history instructor.


    July 9, 2008 at 7:32 am

  10. […] joking aside, I got the idea for the “week in the life” from Librarian By Day via Lauren’s Library […]

  11. A great idea !

    Here is my attempt,



    July 9, 2008 at 4:14 pm

  12. […] Bobbi Newman wrote a post on her site Librarian by Day with the idea of what if we could all write posts detailing a day or […]

  13. Nice idea. Hope to do mine in the next couple of weeks. I have a desk at home and a desk at work, so I’ll try to include shots of both of them. Work = much neater than home.

    Kathryn Greenhill

    July 9, 2008 at 9:26 pm

  14. […] 10, 2008 at 1:36 pm · Filed under Uncategorized I read Gina’s blog about the idea of sharing with others what our days are like as librarians from Librarian By Day, and I really like it. Not just for the sharing aspects, but also it will be […]

  15. […] Newman, at Librarian By Day, noticed a search in her logs that read: “what is a librarian’s day like?” She writes: […]

  16. […] One Day in the Life of a Librarian Posted on July 11, 2008 by wedothatinidaho I saw this idea to post a blog about what it’s like to be a librarian, but it would also work as Library Assistant, Page, Director, Circulation Manager, etc. I first saw it on Gina Perischini’s Blog, and then read it on the pages she linked from, namely Librarian by Day. […]

  17. Fantastic idea! One of the things I do at my job is coordinate professional development for our Urban Libraries Council Scholars; I’m going to be certain to clue them in to this so they can get a good look at the variety of professional library work looks like! Again, thanks for the great idea!

    Civil Librarian

    July 11, 2008 at 10:41 am

  18. […] thing going on this week in the library blogosphere: in response to an invitation issued by the Librarian by Day, over a dozen library staff will be detailing their workdays on their blogs.  All kinds of […]

  19. […] I get up and after making coffee, check all email accounts from home. Then since I don’t have to be at work until this afternoon I try to relax so I a play video game.  When I get too frustrated because I’m dying I check FriendFeed and Twitter and see Lori Reed has created a wiki for the Day in the Life idea.! awesome! Apparently I do have the ability to start a meme.  […]

  20. […] find her blog searching on the phrase “What is a librarian’s day like.” She suggested that her readers post an answer to this question so that other librarians and potential librarians get some idea of what working as a librarian is […]

  21. […] Tom Ipri recently wrote a “week in the life” post for the What is a librarian’s day like? meme. I happened to read that post today, and it just so happens that my Monday is a good day to […]

  22. […] you to Bobbi Newman for this wonderful idea! You can read the post that inspired librarydayinthelife on Bobbi’s site Librarian by […]

  23. […] Newman  originated the “what’s a librarian’s day like?” meme and tagged me. A wiki devoted to these posts has been created: Library Day in the Life. […]

  24. […] August 1, 2008  Randomness I’m not sure I have the ability to start a meme… […]

  25. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!


    August 12, 2008 at 3:33 am

  26. […] would like to read more please the wiki, if you’re interested in how it all got started read this post and this […]

  27. […] of a librarian – Monday Last year Bobbi Newman who blogs over at Librarian By Day started a project which involved the folks who work in libraries blogging about their daily activities. Well round 2 […]

  28. I just replied to Margo in VA, but perhaps someone else might be interested in my reply? When I first began as a LMS, I too had to set up a library from scratch. Although it is certainly tons of work, it was definitely exciting!
    One thing that is very important to remember: Reading levels/interest levels. At first I ordered (Follett and Permabound primarily)
    a couple of core collections from major book companies. However, as I was working on my MLS and a statistical research project at that
    time, I ended up taking 275 books from the shelves and checked the RL’s of each book. I then got the currant RL’s of our students and compared the two.
    I was really shocked to see how low our students were and how high the average books were. Most of the students wouldn’t be able to read a fraction of the books on the shelves. After that, I paid great attention to subject (for curriculum support & student interest), interest levels, reviews and….of course reading levels!

    I work in an inner city and this year has been h*!!. In a preK-6th elementary school, I used to teach preK-3 on a fixed schedule and 4-6 on a flexible schedule with the classroom teachers for the older kids. I got use of the computer lab a couple of years ago and this year actually got a Smart Board!! (Yea!!) I fought for and scheduled an Open Check out block which was great. However, this year I had to teach k-6th on a fixed schedule and the older kids nastily refuse to do anything I tried (poetry raps, PowerPoint, magazine reviews, book talks, worksheets, interactive websites, check out & free time). The rude obnoxious belligerent and sometimes dangerous behavior I received or saw was unreal. I won’t go into what we saw and the lack of consequences from administration. Now, although the art, music & PE teachers and I share the same ‘specials’ schedule, my position has been cut to .5. I have gone w/ other LMS to BOE meetings to rally support, but to no avail. Most have f/t LMS, but some of our schools in the district have eliminated them. I am still trying to find out where I will be next year. The choices are not pleasant. I emailed one administrator with a copy of my resume (I’ve worked as a LMS for 10 years now & 15 in public libraries) and he just responded that he has over 750 (k-8) students and needs a f/t person to cover his teacher’s preps. Most of us teach 30 classes per week. Sometimes w/ no technology available to us at all. And just today, during a teacher presentation by our principal, she ended the ‘technology information’ session stressing how important technology is to our students. She asked if we had any suggestions how we could beef it up. I said, “Yes, let the LMS do the job they are hired to do!”

    It isn’t fun anymore. Not where I am.


    June 11, 2009 at 3:58 pm

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