This is part of a series of posts offering a behind-the-scenes look at library work. A day in the life of the library team!
Name: Fran Heap
Job Title: Learning Resources Assistant
Well it’s just half a day for me! I’m Fran and I work part time across three sites; Nuneaton, Hinckley and Atherstone.
It’s Tuesday, so I’m at Hinckley today. I’m on the Help Desk for quite a bit of the afternoon. I get the chance to help some students with locating books on specific artists and other general enquiries.
It’s busy in the Library today but not too noisy so I get to do some other tasks in between queries. One of my ongoing roles is to look after the equipment we loan out to staff and students at Hinckley and Nuneaton, for example, laptops, headphones and iPads. I check if new labels are required and if anything is missing, broken etc. If we acquire new equipment I also label it up and record it on the library system ready for loaning out.
Updating iPads in Hinckley library
Today I notice that we have some iPad minis that are not out on loan – I grab them quick! This is a rare chance to look at what needs updating on them and see if I need to make any changes. I update some of the Apps that have been previously installed and add some new ones. Looking after the iPads has given me a chance to interact a bit more with members of staff by finding out how they are using them and which Apps would be useful for them to use with students.
In my break I check out the magazines to see which I haven’t yet browsed through. My favourites are Selvedge and Elle Decoration. I think we have some amazing art resources here in the Library at Hinckley and try to make use of them whenever I can – arts and crafts are a big hobby of mine along with gardening and cooking. If any new copies of fashion or photography magazines have appeared since last week then I photocopy the covers and put them on the noticeboard to highlight them.
Whilst I am working in the back office I start working on a new task. When members of staff leave the College I currently update our library systems but from now on I am also going to be sending emails out to new staff members. This will let them know that they will be welcome in the Library and make them aware of what we have to offer them.
Well that’s about it for today. I hope to see you at one of the sites soon to give some help or just for a chat!
The fifth post in this series will be published in two weeks, and will be written by Helen Ambrose (Senior Learning Resources Assistant).