Today’s post comes to us from June Hughes, our UK Country Coordinator and describes 2 jobs in the one day!
I live in a Surrey village about 20 miles from London and I am lucky enough to have 2 library related jobs at the heart of the community. I work for 3 and a half hours a week during term time in the library of a local primary school (though I could put in more than 10 times the number of hours and still find things to do!) and I also work for 13 hours a week in the local branch of the county wide library service.
My favourite day of the week is Thursday, when I work at the school in the morning and the public library in the afternoon. No two Thursdays are the same but this is how my Thursday went last week.
So you can see, a wide variety of tasks split mainly between backroom library tasks and front-of-house interaction with the general public, school children and staff. The joy of working in a library is the sheer unpredictability of the day – you can plan all you like about what you hope to achieve in any given day but, in the end, your priority is to respond in the best way you can to the person (public, pupil or teacher) in front of you.
Below is a photo of the school library. The wooden panel on the wall came from the site of the original school building dating from the 1860s. Strangely enough, the public library moved into the old school building in the 1980s, some 20 years after the school moved to new premises, and the twin of this panel is still in the public library.