Tired in 2020

  • May 21, 2020, 10:52 a.m.
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The library opened for curbside service on Monday. Actually we spent Monday getting organized - we pulled about 700 books for approximately 200 customers, bagged them, and called each customer to let them know we are following CDC guidelines which means books need to be quarantined for 24 hours once we’ve handled them, so the books are available for pickup the following day.

Tuesday people started showing up to pick up their books. We also got our email notifications fixed so we don’t have to call patrons to let them know holds have arrived, which is an enormous relief because that was awkward and awful. Only a few people tried to enter the building (despite copious signage stating that the building is still closed and they need to call the posted phone number to have their holds brought out of the building). I learned how to do the book drop, and started to feel like a real librarian.

Today we really felt organized. We’ve got a system in place to pull holds, quarantine books, process incoming and outgoing requests, etc. The flow of traffic is starting to even out too, so it wasn’t quite as crazy as it was yesterday. Still, it was a long freaking day.

I’m off tomorrow and Friday, and then back at it on Saturday - but we’re only open 12-4 on Saturday, so that shouldn’t be too bad.

But I am bone tired. My feet hurt, and I’m exhausted. I hope tomorrow I can relax…

Honor May 21, 2020

Does it feel more or less normal to be back at work? Like....some semblance of normal? Or does it just highlight how weird stuff is now?

Adira Honor ⋅ May 21, 2020

Our library is two stories - typically I work on the 2nd floor as I'm in the reference area. When I'm downstairs working with the circulation staff, it feels almost normal, but today I had some work to do upstairs and it was just eerie. I'm used to being one of the only staff members up there, but usually there are patrons all over the place, and it's just strange not having anyone else up there unless the director is in her office!

LonelySoul May 22, 2020

Library curbside service sounds like a LOT of work!! Take care of yourself!

Calicakes May 23, 2020

Do you wear a step-tracker? It would be interesting to know how many steps you take going back and forth. Our library is doing this too.

-d May 25, 2020

That sounds exhausting. Hope you get some rest!

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