Let’s do a post about library work today!!
I’ve been writing about my novel writing adventures recently. Fellow writer Mariewas kind enough to tweet my last entry to her 152 followers, which may have netted me a whole 14 views. (Okay, some of those may have been the dear souls who regularly read my blog. Ha!)But let’s take a closer look at those stats. If you’re wondering how this relates to library work, you do realize that half my job is about numbers, right? To the stats…
Per wordpress.com’s lovely site stats page, I can actually see that on Tuesday, one day after my post, the 4 hits had nothing to do with my post on writing. All views were related to an ancient post about a library Christmas card. That post has always netted a lot of hits but the funny thing is, I posted it regarding a 2006 card from OCLC, and the link now points to one they posted in 2008 which I am not nearly as impressed with.
Even more interesting are the numbers from Monday. Four views of the Christmas card, including one that found me because they want to ‘give a library card this Christmas’. What a great idea! Libraries have such wonderful things–for the tiny cost of that library card (actually my public library is free to me!) you can borrow DVDs, videos, CDs–no monthly charges from Netflix, Hulu, or download $$ from iTunes! And books…books that will take you to places you might only imagine like Pern (RIP in AM) or to Middle Earth, to a galaxy far, far away or where no one has gone before.
Oh…the post about my novel writing: 6 views. All right! Hm… (Marie, I’m not so sure the tweet helped. There were no referrers from Twitter on either day. Ah, well.)
So this post might be a stretch but, as I mentioned, my job is all about numbers–library collections & expenditures. Statistical analysis of that information over time reveals interesting trends, information we use for future planning. And analyzing my blog site stats tells me that to increase traffic (i.e., for future planning), I should write more about libraries and Christmas cards or Edinburgh, JK Rowling, and Conisbrough–those terms are also hot. (Maybe I’ll write a future post that documents hits on this post.)
If you haven’t clicked away by now… Libraries are heavy into social media. We connect with our users through blogs, Facebook and Twitter. I do the same to talk about my work specifically and the work being done in libraries. That probably bores the heck out of the librarians who follow me. It probably bores the heck out of family, friends, and strangers, too, but everyone is free to read…or not. (Since I’m trying to do a library-related post today, I won’t bother you with other topics I cover via those tools. Stop smirking!)
Many library jobs look very different than they did 20 years ago; there is a huge variety of work being accomplished by individuals with the same job titles; there are many new roles. (Can the same be said of accountants or architects or lawyers?) Why just this week, I completed the expenditures summaries for annual reporting, ran reports for library branch and reference collections information, completed documentation for the Libraries’ reports and statistics, discussed specs and instructions regarding adding sponsor and organizational logos on NASIG’s website, added outbound linking/DOIs for an article in one of our open access journals, emailed the journal editor about that work, and created the documentation for that process, and made some notes for myself for an upcoming department meeting. More reports on tap today; more outbound linking to do. Fun stuff!