Congratulate me: this is the 100th post of the Rogue Scholar. (Yea!) I started this silly thing last year as a way to help me develop how I thought about library-type work and the issues that relate to it: it gets lonely in the back office sometimes, and it pays to put pen to paper to figure out what one really thinks of all this stuff that librarians have to deal with. A lot of it is busy work but some of it bears thinking about. (Google, for one.)
I wanted to note that in 2005 this blog had 3,682 readers, which I find nothing short of amazing. People read, people commented, people forwarded a few articles to other people. It was insane. I expected this to have maybe a few hundred people showing up through the year, but . . . wow, was I wrong. (Wow, am I glad to be so wrong.)
We’re upgrading our ILS from Voyager 4 to 5 this week, so we’re losing all but our OPAC search capability. That’s throwing a bit of a monkey wrench into our usual workflow, since we’ll be receiving journals and other materials without the ability to note the fact in our catalog. Ultimately, we’re storing everything on back shelves until the acquisitions module comes back on line next week. In the meantime, we’re also integrating the 280+ Lippincott title back files we’ve just acquired into our online access area, and I’m dealing with all the work that goes into that. Finally, I’ve got the 200+ Ebsbo e-journal titles we just acquired tucked safely into our online catalog, but there’s still a bit of testing to finish up there. Finally, LinkFinderPlus is giving us problems again. It’s a constant battle between requesting additions and upgrades to the LFP Knowledge Base and tracking the aggregators and other database providers who give us direct access so that they’re recognized by the KB. While this is going on, I’m needing to clear all the old and forgotten crap off my desk before the end of this week. So yeah, if my posts are a little more scattered than usual this week, now you know why.
Work, work, work. ("Ach . . . this is the life we chose!")