Every couple of months I have to work reference on the weekend. It's not that frequent, and the Saturdays at least are usually fairly quiet. I can usually be fairly productive. This weekend I worked on that pile of papers that seemingly multiplies like gremlins when I'm not looking, and managed to get 2/3 of the way through it today. Other than that had my usual random stream of thoughts while assisting patrons today. Helping UNCP faculty member at FSU library with Proquest Dissertations My Research having never used it before over the phone. #likeaboss Finally figured it out, but it is always weird assisting with a resource you are unfamiliar with.
Me: Please mute your sound unless you intend on using headphones. Patron: Huh? Me: Thought that was pretty self-explanatory.
Sometimes I wonder how much easier I can make this for them and still be surprised that they don't get it. Now watching two desks for the price of one...there are only two of us on Saturdays instead of three like on Sundays, so when the staff person takes a break the reference person covers both desks. However, being in the library all by myself with just patrons and no other staff is freaky. Oh research assistant - I will show you how, but I won't do for you. You are being paid to learn how to search yourself. Ohhhh just helped someone find books by one of my favorite authors Jean Auel. #librariansquee Field trip to the stacks successful! If I have to tell those three boys to be quiet one more time - I might not be my usual pleasant self. #whyidonotworkinapubliclibrary