Being Thankful: My Job

I don’t have to tell anybody that the economy kinda sucks at the moment. Everyone is having to work harder with less and it doesn’t look like things are going to change in a hurry. So even having a job these days is something to be thankful for.

But my job, in particular, isn’t too bad. I’m the Library Systems Administrator for a community college here in Texas. That’s a five-dollar word for “librarian with large hat rack”. I’m the reference librarian on-duty at two different campuses. I get to do database instruction sessions for both students and instructors. I’m the interlibrary loan* librarian. I’m the one in charge of making sure our internal library system works correctly and is up-to-date. I maintain the library’s web page. I help maintain our social media presence. I’m the cataloger for all four campus libraries and supervise the copy cataloging. I also oversee the circulation staff for two different campuses, essentially making sure the day-to-day goes smooth.

Sure, some days are boring and some days I get to deal with people who operate in their own version of reality. But other days I get to help folks out of a jam. Solve mysteries. I get to be the hero. Plus, I get to learn something new everyday. Not too shabby–not too shabby at all.

*Interlibrary loan = borrowing materials from other libraries/institutions on the behalf of our patrons. We also allow other libraries/institutions to borrow from us.

About Shedrick

I am a professional librarian and a part-time writer that's working to do that the other way around. I currently live in North Texas in the lovely city of Denton (“The Home of Happiness“) with my lovely wife and the obligatory demon-spawn cats. When not writing, gaming, or watching cheezy kung-fu flicks, I can sometimes be found in a pub (or the American equivalent) enjoying a fine brew.
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