Library Day in the Life: Thursday and into Friday


  • Wake up. Get dressed. The usual. Plan to go in a little later today because it’s going to be a long day. If only I’d known what was to come.


  • Leave for work.
  • Remember that I need to research taking the bus because gas is not going to get cheaper.


  • Arrive at work.
  • Last night I had a chance to read the first few chapters of Total Relaxed Organization: The Field Guide. Am inspired and ready to get caught up on the hundreds of message piled in my inbox since ALA.
  • Start processing email. Delete. Delete. Delete. Respond. and. so. on.
  • Print name tags for a workshop.


  • Receive an email that Main Library has been evacuated while simultaneously hearing a knock at the door telling me we need to evacuate the building.
  • Don’t grab anything because it’s never a good sign when a building is evacuated and the fire alarm has not been set off.
  • Find out that a suspicious package was found on a nearby street and the bomb squad has been called in. Several buildings evacuated as a precaution.

Photo from Charlotte Observer. Read full story here.


  • Waiting.
  • Ask nice police officer nearby about the body I saw yesterday (interestingly enough in the same area where the package is). He tells me it was natural causes. They think it was a heart attack. Sad for the person but relived that it was not a crime.
  • Make mental note to work on lowering my cholesterol.


  • Wishing I had grabbed my wallet when I left so I could go get lunch.


  • Getting really hot.
  • Wishing I hadn’t worn black today.
  • Wishing I had a bottle of water along with my laptop so I could connect to wireless and get some work done.
  • Seriously though…I did get a chance to catch up with coworkers I rarely get to see or talk to. Despite the fact that we were all stuck outside for just over three hours, everyone was in good spirits. We even started collecting books for customers who wanted to turn them in.


  • Get the all clear to go back in the building.
  • Briefly check email. Nothing urgent.
  • Grab my wallet and go get a sandwich for lunch.


  • Smell smoke on my way back in the building. Realize that the fire alarm technicians are testing the fire alarms. Never a dull moment.
  • Back at my desk. Eating. Catch up on twitter, friend feed, email.


  • Respond to emails about new training system and decide to call the contact person.
  • Call my boss at home to see how he is doing after surgery and to ask a few questions that can’t wait.
  • Begin an email to upper management about training.


  • Create a report of training attendance and no shows for the current year and previous five years.


  • Complete the report and email. Send.
  •  A knock on the door. I have a reference question…what park nearby is good for kids and has a train? Being a member of the mommy mafia, that’s easy! Dan Nicholas Park.
  • Complete a draft of another email and send for review.


  • Realize I need to start getting ready for ASTD meeting tonight.
  • Make sure my calendar is up to date.
  • Synchronize my PDA/phone.
  • Check my mailbox, pack up the things I need to bring home.
  • Fix hair. 🙂
  • Receive a chat message with a subtle reminder…”can you please resend your document.”
  • Call WebJunction about my August webinar.


  • Time to go. Update my out of office response.
  • Drive to South Charlotte for ASTD meeting.


  • Arrive at ASTD meeting. 30 minutes to network. Then an hour-ish for dinner. Then an hour program.
  • Meet a theatre employee of ImaginOn, which is part of the library (It’s a small world!). But wait! She also knows my husband, and knows my BFF who is ironically named Lori Reed. Yep spelled exactly the same. (It gets very confusing in chat and on Facebook.)
  • Meet some instructional designers from Time Warner Cable. Talk with them about what their jobs are like and what their graduate programs in IST were like.


  • Announcements begin. Somehow I volunteer to run for a board position for next year.
  • Program begins about elearning–what we are doing that’s wrong and what we can do to make it better. More about that in a later post.


  • Program over. Last minute conversations over. Drive home.


  • Arrive home to total darkness and peace and quiet. The entire house is asleep except the cats.
  • Check email again.
  • Start writing this post.
  • Begin my application for a training program at the state library.
  • Respond to email about MaintainIT webinar I’m doing next month.
  • Collaborate with the brilliant trainer Paul Signorelli via Google docs on a project we’re working on together. It’s actually kind of cool. I never realized we could both work at the same time in the same doc and see each others updates. Note to self to use this more at work.


  • Son wakes up screaming. Husband gets him back to sleep.


  •  Son wakes up screaming. Husband gets him back to sleep.


  • Son wakes up screaming. Asks for mommy. Husband brings him downstairs.
  • He feels hot but does not have a fever.
  • Hold him for a while andtake him back upstairs to bed.


  • Repeat.


  • Repeat. Decide it’s time to invoke the mommy mafia.
  • Type up a quick post listing symptoms.
  • Within minutes receive responses ranging from ear infection to growing pains.
  • Give son ibuprofen and cough medicine as he now says his mouth and throat hurt.


  • I’ll spare you how many times this goes on. You get the point. 🙂 I imagine it will be a looonng night.
  • IM with Paul some more. Random topics. It is so great to have this network of trainers all over the country!


  • See a comment come in from another amazing trainer Marianne Lennox. Last night I convinced her to write a day in the life post. She has done a photo journal of her day and I think it is the best day in the life post so far! Marianne you need to start a Flickr meme.
  • Writing a summary post
  • Calling it a day. Root canal scheduled for 9:50 in the morning.
About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 “One to Watch” for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.


  1. That’s wild about the evacuation, glad everything turned out ok. Thanks for the kind words on my post…and I hope your root canal goes ok, too!

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