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.

 

 

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I'm a health librarian in Sydney, Australia, who also happens to be a geocacher.
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One Response to A week in the life of a medical librarian: day 5

  1. Kate says:

    Super interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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