Taking a trip down memory lane

Today marks 10 years since I arrived home after my first overseas holiday. It was a seven-week trip to the US (with two day-trips to Canada thrown in) with my sister. We had a great time visiting the west coast, east coast, and Hawaii. My top three places that we visited were Yellowstone National Park, New York, and Hawaii – Yellowstone for its wildlife and the landscape, New York for just being New York, and Hawaii for its relaxed vibe and volcanoes. These are the places we visited:

  • San Francisco
  • Seattle (day-trip to Victoria, British Columbia)
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • New York
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Orlando
  • Las Vegas
  • San Diego
  • Los Angeles
  • Hawaii

In honour of the 10 year anniversary of going on the holiday, I posted a whole bunch of photos to Facebook. I added a new album for each place we visited on the date that we arrived there. I’ve also uploaded all the photos to Google Photos so that I’ve got them stored online somewhere. Here’s a selection of them from across the holiday:

At the time we weren’t geocachers, so we didn’t spend any time looking for caches. I bet there were hundreds of them near us, though. It was a great trip and I wouldn’t mind going back one day with the family. I have heard that there’s a Star Wars Land being built at Disney World …

A week in the life of a medical librarian: day 5

Well, we’ve made it to the end of the week. It was another mixed bag today:

  • One-and-a-half hours working on my presentation
  • One-and-a-half hours updating our e-book holdings
  • One hour on email
  • Two hours working on our offsite access URLs
  • Two hours troubleshooting access to our e-journals

So what did I spend my time on this week?

 

  • Nine hours on literature searches
  • Seven hours on the front desk
  • Seven hours troubleshooting access to our e-journals
  • Four-and-a-half hours checking the links for our offsite access authentication
  • Three-and-a-half hours on emails
  • Three-and-a-half hours planning and preparing my presentation for next month’s Health Libraries Australia Professional Development Day
  • Three hours of meetings
  • Two-and-a-half hours on e-book usage statistics
  • One-and-a-half hours updating our e-book holdings
  • One hour working on a submission for our hospital Quality and Innovation Awards
  • One hour providing EndNote training
  • Half an hour updating usage statistics for last month
  • Lunch with Schrödinger the hospital cat (including a selfie)

I’m not surprised that literature searches and troubleshooting online resources were at the top of the list. My job is to maintain the library’s e-journals and offsite access systems, so those tasks should take up a lot of my time. I did seem to be doing more of that this week than usual, though. We also had quite a few literature searches come through recently, so that’s why it was at the top of my list.

I found it an interesting exercise to track what I did each day, and I hope it gives you a bit of an insight into what medical librarians do.

 

 

A week in the life of a medical librarian: day 4

Another day where a lot of my time was spent working on our online resources:

  • Three-and-a-half hours on the front desk (which includes some of the following)
  • One hour providing EndNote training
  • Two-and-a-half hours finishing a literature search
  • Half an hour on emails
  • Three-and-a-half hours doing various troubleshooting of online journals and offsite access

Tomorrow will be my final “day in the life” post, and will include a summary of the week.

A week in the life of a medical librarian: day 3

Well, there wasn’t much variety in my day today. Most of it involved working with our electronic resources.

  • Three-and-a-half hours on the front desk (which includes some of the following)
  • Two hours on a literature search
  • One-and-a-half hours troubleshooting a problem linking from PubMed to some of our full-text journals
  • Two hours gathering and interpreting the usage statistics from our e-book packages
  • One hour on emails

 

 

A week in the life of a medical librarian: day 2

So, here’s the second day of my working week.

  • Three hours of meetings
  • One-and-a-half hours checking the links for our offsite access authentication
  • Half an hour on emails
  • One hour on a new literature search
  • Half an hour working on my presentation
  • Half an hour on e-book usage statistics

Schrodinger the hospital cat didn’t make an appearance today.

 

 

A week in the life of a medical librarian: day 1

This week’s posts are going to be a record of my working days. Nothing too detailed, just a summary of what I spent my time on at work. Hopefully they may prove interesting to those of you who have wondered what medical librarians get up to each day. Of course, each medical library is different, so what I work on during the week is not representative of every librarian who works in a hospital library. So, what did I do at work today?

  • Three-and-a-half hours finishing of a literature review which I started last week
  • Half an hour checking the links for our offsite access authentication
  • Lunch with Schrödinger the hospital cat (including a selfie)
  • Half an hour updating usage statistics for last month
  • Half an hour on emails
  • An hour of working on a submission for our hospital Quality and Innovation Awards
  • One-and-a-half hours planning and preparing my presentation for next month’s Health Libraries Australia Professional Development Day

I’ll be interested to see if this changes much from day to day. I wonder what I’ll end up spending most time on.

 

Lego on a rainy Sunday

It was a pretty wet day here today, and the weather meant that it was a good day to stay inside. We all pottered around doing different things – my project was to finish off my Lego R2-D2 that has been a work in progress for a while. I got him for Christmas in 2014, and once he was built he stayed on the shelf for a year or so. In January I decided that it would be nice for the boys and I to work on building him together, so I disassembled him. We got through the first couple of bags of pieces in fairly quick time, but then their interest in the “R2-redo” waned.

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Starting point

Today was the day that R2 started to take shape again. With some help from Blake, I’m now up to the second-last bag, and will probably finish the build later this week. It was a nice relaxing couple of hours working on it.

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Blake helping out

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Nearly finished

The hospital cat

The hospital where I work has its own resident cat. It occasionally makes an appearance in the outdoor area where I have lunch, and today it was there. Because we’re never sure if it’s going to be there or not, my co-worker and I have named the cat Schrödinger after the cat in Schrödinger’s thought experiment.

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Schrödinger seems to have become less insistent that I share my lunch, perhaps because I’ve always ignored the meowing which is used on any new human who comes and sits down. Other people do give out tidbits, so there’s no danger of Schrödinger starving. I know there are several libraries which have their own cat, and I guess my hospital library does too, sort of.

A scattergories meme

I usually save the memes for a day when I’m struggling to think of what to write, but I’m going to use one for today’s post. The rule is that each answer must start with the last letter of your previous answer. Here’s my contribution:

Name – Andrew
Animal – Wolf
Girls name – Fiona
Colour – Aubergine
Movie – Empire Strikes Back
Something you wear – Kilt
Drink – Tequila
Food – Apricot
Item in the bathroom – Toothbrush
Place – Honduras
Reason to be late – Slept in

Well, that gives me a 100% posting rate for #blogjune so far. Don’t think it will last though.

Another year, another #blogjune

Well, June has rolled around again, which means it’s time for the annual #blogjune blogfest. There’s a list on Twitter if you want to keep up with all the posts. This will be the fifth year that I’ve participated, and I’ve managed to post every day in June for the last four years. However, I can’t see myself posting something every day this year. I’ve got a plan for a week where there will be daily posts, but otherwise I’ll be posting when I get the chance (and inclination).

As with last year, I won’t the only member of my family taking part in #blogjune. My wife will working on a modified version called #doodlejune, and our sons will be posting to their blog with their dinner reviews. Hopefully they’ll do a better job of posting every day than I will.