A Day in the Life With Lori Reed – Wednesday


My husband is taking a furlough day today so I sleep an extra hour since he will drop both kids off at their school. Almost out the door when the 2-year-old begins her screaming fit of “Mommy don’t go.” Today it’s harder than normal because I have been so busy this week and have not had much time for family. It’s a sad fact of juggling work, school, and other activities that some weeks family gets less time.


Out the door and try to maximize my commute time by making some phone calls to wrap up loose work projects. Sometimes the phone is much more efficient than email. Check my Blackberry for email at red lights on the way to work. A member of the HR Department is out today so I will need to fill in at new employee orientation. Make mental plans to rearrange my schedule.


Quick check of email then time to prepare documents for a meeting.


Attend a meeting with the senior managers over library experiences (public service). Give an update on our learning curriculum. Present plans for self-paced training to begin in April and live, online training to begin in October. Feel satisfied with the work I put into the business case. Calculated the number of training sessions attended by our staff last year and multiplied that by average travel time to and from training and then multiplied by average hourly wage. Even moving half of that training online yields a substantial savings in lost time for travel and more importantly saves lost opportunity — time staff could spend on something productive.


My presentation is over. Back to my office to look over materials for orientation. Need to see who is registered, print out a roster, and review slide deck. Receive confirmation for two more training rooms. So close to being done. I also need to update attendance records for previous day’s training session. Reschedule meetings planned for the afternoon. Respond to several emails regarding Learning Round Table board stuff.


Did not allow myself enough time for a decent lunch. Fast food drive thru and then off to orientation.


Arrive early enough to make sure room is set up and chat with orientation team. Talk to a fellow team member about plans to convert orientation to an online format.


Orientation begins. Hiring freeze has recently lifted so small group but so happy to have them. I always learn something at orientation and this time I learn some library history that I did not know. I give a short presentation on library policy, procedures, benefits, ALA Code of Ethics, and staff development opportunities.


Orientation is over. Help pack up and visit for a few minutes with branch staff.


Off to pick up my son from school. Today is wear your favorite jersey day and there are lots of Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys. The first words out of his mouth are, “Mommy do you feel better today?” He is the sweetest kid in the world. He remembers that I’ve had a headache every night since Sunday. I lie and say that I do. On the drive home I wonder what he will be when he grows up. I’ve never met a person with a bigger heart except maybe one person. Part of me thinks he might want to be a teacher.


Home. Husband had furlough day and caught up on sleep so the house is still a mess. These days I don’t really care as long as everyone is healthy and happy. He takes our son to pick up our daughter and to buy groceries. I have about an hour of quiet time to myself so I…get online and work on my blog post for ALA Learning.


Kids are home. Husband cooks dinner. We watch some cartoons and relax on the couch with the kids fighting over who will sit in my lap.


Kids and husband go to bed. I am back on the computer to finish my blog post, write this blog post, and work on assignments for school.


I go to bed on time for the first time this week!

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.

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