A Day in the Life (of a HS Librarian)

Just what does a librarian do all day?

I have been asked this very question by many students, friends, and family members. Interestingly enough, no classroom teacher colleague has ever asked me and I’m not sure whether it is because they understand what goes in to the job, or because they fear that I might stamp “overdue” on their forehead in response.

The romantic in me kind of likes that my profession is shrouded in mystery, though it is definitely problematic when broke state and local governments start looking for programs to financially disembowel. Many librarians participate in a biannual project called “A Day in the Life of a Librarian,” that serves to showcase what various library specialties entail. So, in the interest of transparency, I present to you an account of a day’s worth of tasks in A Day in the Life of…a High School Librarian..at Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas.

7:10-7:25      (Before School)

-One printer issue to solve for a student
-One test of embedded video in a student Powerpoint
-One printing issue related to Backpack to solve for a student

First Block

7:30-8:58 First Block: English III

-Eight research questions answered
-Two rounds of the room, assisting students on their research focus
-Cross check of rosters with 2nd quarter novels not turned in
– Clean flash drives for student checkout
– Return one laptop cart to teacher classroom
– Three books checked out
– One tech issue to solve

9:03-10:31 Second Block: No Library Reservation

- Work on textbook issue with classroom teacher’s help
– Work on new course proposal
– Improve blog tags and email staff about new tool description offered
– Professional reading
– Check books in and work on “We Read” display
– Email upkeep and assist teachers with emailed questions

10:36-11:01 Seminar

- Formative testing
– Individual students report here to work from other seminars
– Young adult reading (for book recommendations)

Comparing amt. of research gathered!

11:06-1:03 Third Block: English III

- Sort mail
– Work on resource projects for two teachers
– Seven research questions answered/ assistance given
– Research rounds to assist students with topic focus

1:08-2:35 Fourth Block: English III

- Finish resource project for a teacher
– Five research questions answered
– Finish new course proposal
– Two books checked out, one flash drive
– Assist scheduling for off campus staff
– Process magazines

This is simply one day. English III students happened to be working on a research paper this week, and the next few days might look vastly different. (I.E. there may not be as much individual student contact but more time spent on collaborative planning, or direct instruction, or a specialty project for the collection, etc.)

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