And So The Week Begins

Moody Furry Monday by BuntekuhHello, and welcome to the semi-annual installment of Library Day In The Life. For those of you new to this, librarians and library students share their daily activities through blog posts, photos, video and Twitter updates. It ends up being a really rich resource of different types of tasks and environments that encompass the library field.

I am an information architect with an MLIS. Not a librarian per se, but I’m still creating a taxonomy, classifying items, and presenting them to our users. Instead of books, I’m in eCommerce and sell clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, sporting goods, etc. If you want a good rant on ‘being a sell-out librarian,’ read this post. The IA group is part of the larger Ux group, but we deal with the semantics of the site while the UxD (user interface designers) design the visual parts of the site. As an entire team, we take the business and turn it into something that the site’s users can understand.

Anyhoo, on to the events of Monday.

Meetings! Meetings! Meetings! Pretty much solid meetings from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. It’s the start of the week, so most of these involved progress reports and coordinating the week’s releases. Received some news from an employee today, and I started looking over applicants for the team’s open position. That took me right up to my…

Lunch break! Which really wasn’t that exciting. Unless you call heading to the doctor’s office for allergy shots exciting then… meh… whatever floats your boat. Back to work after a stop for an Arby’s classic Roast Beef. Oh, Arby’s, my guilty pleasure. No fries, though, because Arby’s fries suck.

In the afternoon, we found a bug in one of our tools. Coordinated with the friendly developers to get that fixed. Then it was off to a leadership meeting to find out about different aspects of our company. They’re already talking about the holidays. ACK! I was so not ready to hear those words: Holiday Season.

After that, a few quick taxonomy additions. Yay for faceting! These were easy changes that didn’t require the help of the back end (or front end) developers. Confirmed the time for the evening’s changes. Made sure everything was in order for the changes to go through smoothly. And that was the end of the office work day at 5 p.m.

But work was still not over!

Had a half-hour or so before heading out for my run (if anyone in Vegas is interested, I’m posting my runs as Training Mobs. Feel free to join them!). Two miles down, but only ran about a half mile because Las Vegas is was 105º and extra humid today yesterday. Home for a shower, then dinner, and a bit of downtime before pushing the big taxonomy changes.

I’ve been waiting to get these out for the past three months!

At 10:00, with the coordination of another person to help with the links, the changes finally go live. It actually takes another 3 teams of people to finish these changes, since the taxonomy touches so many levels of the site. Wait for caches to clear, make sure the site looks acceptable, answer questions from the CTO, and now…

here I am. Finishing this blog post on what is technically Tuesday morning. I bid you adieu being as 7 a.m. is going to come awfully quick. See you tomorrow later today for Day 2 of #libday7.

Photo: Moody Furry Monday by Buntekuh and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) license.

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I'm an Information Architect and Taxonomist in the greater Philadelphia, PA area. Mad about metadata. Incessant organizer. Knowledge monger. Information seeker. Wisdom chaser. Curiosity has yet to kill this cat!

One Comment

  1. Daniel De Kok
    2012/04/03

    Love the picture of the cat–it's clearly representative of the majority of the US adult population on Mondays!

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