8:40AM: I arrive at work. I kind of wish that I could have stayed home. It is frigid outside – highly unpleasant.
8:50AM: I sit down at my desk and go through my emails and myRSS feeds. I have an email from our cataloging librarian who worked a reference shift last night.
My boss replied to my email about keys for the new employee. He will put in a request for the keys that are needed.
She reports that she had problems opening our library system client at the reference desk. When she tried to open the client, an error message popped up with a message about print driver errors. The dialog box would not go away. The client did eventually open. I had a report of this problem from one of the circulation staff last Saturday. I had to to delete the printers on that computer to get the client to open.
I remember that our systems group is making changes to printers and print drivers. We had a discussion about this at our Thursday meeting. I need to do some investigating on this problem. It appears to be random. When I connected to the reference computer that had been problematic last night, everything was working fine – of course. I make notes about the problems and will continue to do so.
I start cleaning up. I need to clean up the systems office and the new person’s office. This is something that I will spend a good deal of time on today.
10:00-11:00AM: Staff coffee hour. I wear my Snuggie because it is cold in the staff room.
11:05AM: Back to cleaning up.
11:15AM: My boss drops by my office with keys for the new library systems technician. Wow, that was very fast!!
12:30-1:30PM: Lunch. I had my mother in law’s American chop suey. Yum!
1:35PM: I sat down at my desk and went through email and RSS feeds again. Fortunately, it has been a rather slow email day.
1:45PM: I unbox a new computer for the new employee. I am going to let him configure it on Monday, but I thought I would at least put it in his office. I continue cleaning up. I now have a large pile of old equipment by the back door that will need to be sent to IT.
2:15PM: I get an email from the HR person that I worked with in the hiring process. She sent me a bunch of orientation materials. As I was reading through the first one, the power shuts off. This always make me nervous. Some piece of computer equipment always dies when the power goes out. My office is fairly dark without lights. I head downstairs to see if there is any information. About half the buildings on campus are down. Eventually, we learn that a transformer at one of the major intersections close to campus caught fire. The electric company was working on it. No one had any idea how long the power would be out.
After two hours of doing very little, the library is getting very, very dark. We attempt to get more information. Sunset is at 4:53, and we can’t stay open in the dark. At about 4:20PM, the director decides to close for the evening. I felt as if I had to wait around for this decision. I tell the director and the circulation supervisor that I will come in tomorrow around 8AM to check on things. We aren’t supposed to open until 10:00AM.
4:50PM: The moon is absolutely beautiful tonight. I head outside the library to take some pictures. I forget my mittens, and my hands feel as if they are frozen within 5 minutes. I go get my mittens and head back outside.
5:00PM: I head out.