While the start of my residency certainly felt like and adventure, things have been less adventurous in the last couple of weeks ... at least they've been less eventful. My things finally arrived, Spiderbane has continued to kill a few spiders here and there, I learned to keep my head above water while in the deep water fitness class, and I settled in to work on my projects.
For this year, my schedule has worked out so that I'm working with Collections & Technical Services (CTS - the behind the scenes library people) in the mornings. In the afternoons I'm with Special Collections (think Noah Wyle's The Librarian series ... sort of ... OK. Not really. But they do get to work with cool older archival materials.)
My mornings so far are harkening back to grad school when I first learned about creating databases. That's because I'm creating a database. The main goal is to pull together usage and cost data for electronic (and later all) materials to determine whether we're getting a good return on investment for each journal. Ultimately, we want to use the database to help determine whether to continue subscribing to journals based on how much they're getting used and how much they cost. I'm not in this quest alone. I've got the support of Annette who works with electronic resources and emerging technologies and Tracy in collections assessment and oh so many people on the CTS team. Plus, I've got my textbooks from school to refer to. Thank you Connolly & Begg for your wonderful Database Systems text and thank you Manga Guide to Databases for making it fun to refresh my memory on database basics.
I'm the Community Collections Archivist, Community and Cultural Centers Librarian & Resident Librarian at Virginia Tech.