A Day in the Life With Lori Reed – Thursday


Should have gotten up earlier but so needed the sleep. Rush to get self ready. Make son’s breakfast and lunch. Feed the cat and the fish. Hold Miss 2 as much as I can during all of this so she won’t scream. Today is dress up as your future career day at school and Mr. 5 says he wants to be a doctor. It makes sense now, and I smile at the thought for a few minutes. He wears a dress shirt with cords, and I let him wear my grandmother’s stethoscope to school. He looks remarkably handsome.


We all leave at the same time which seems to help with the tears. I have only dropped my daughter off at daycare a handful of times. I just can’t do it. Can’t handle the tears and the guilt. The kids don’t cry like that when Dad drops them off. It’s a mommy thing. 🙂 Luckily my son is very social and loves school. He just waves bye as I drop him off and is ready to play with his friends.

More phone calls on the way to work.


Arrive at work. Meet with our safety and security director about security training for our staff. Head down to my office to schedule the last classes for my 2010 plan. Schedule rooms, add to PeopleSoft and other calendars. Finally! It took a week but it is done.


I am facilitating customer service training this afternoon at a new branch that is opening to replace a much smaller library. I update the handouts and slide deck then print handouts and a roster. While I’m in the system I update the attendance for orientation held the day before.


A quick run through email. I am failing at inbox 0 this week. Life happens. It’s funny because I can go for months without doing any training and this week I am doing three sessions. The one constant with training is that you have to be flexible.


Training starts in an hour. Pack up my laptop, markers, handouts, roster, camera, and massive flip chart pad. Manage to get everything to my car in one trip. More fast food for lunch.


In the room and ready to set up. Love the new library smell!




We wrap up the session. I love doing customer service training. It’s some of the most important training we offer. I always try to incorporate in what I wish I’d have known when I started 10-years ago. Most important–don’t take things personally.


Pack up and head to my son’s school to pick him up. He’s playing doctor with the other kids and showing them how the stethoscope works. Look for photos on tomorrow’s post!


We are home. Son sets off to playing, and I turn on the computer to catch up with any urgent emails I missed during training. While checking email I hear the ping of Google chat and it is one of the Emerging Leaders I met at ALA Midwinter asking me about her project. We chat for about 30-minutes about options for what her group wants to accomplish. They could use Yahoo Pipes, RSS feeds, a wiki. I thank her for letting me offer my contributions to her group and she says, “Your experience and activism with ALA is what they want us to aspire too.” It’s flattering and a perfect example of why I love what I do and keep doing it.


Husband and daughter are home. Time for dinner and family time.


Exhausted and head to bed early with both kids. We try to watch a movie in bed but all fall asleep within minutes.

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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