A conversation sample:
Person at party, "What do you do for a living?"
Me, "I work in a law library."
Person at party, "Oh."
Sometimes the response will be "Interesting", and occasionally I get a "That sounds cool". Once in a while the response is "What do you do all day?"
Jane Symons, most excellent and wonderful Edmonton office Library Assistant is doing this today:
Processing the 39" of mail that came in.
Processing mail - is that more than opening it? Yes! It involves tracking items received in our database, making sure that we have a record if the item comes with an invoice and entering the invoice data so that I can track our budget properly and send them for payment, filtering the new items that people want forwarded to them as part of their current awareness services, and much more.
And Jane is smiling...go figure. We library types think that most of our work is interesting and even fun.
For those readers interested in learning more about what Library Technicians do, visit the Alberta Association of Library Technicians website
and watch video clips
of job profiles from different library types.