In two words – Catch Up!
During breaks the library is open until 4:30 p.m. instead of 10:00 p.m. That means that Cindy Hill, who usually works nights, is available to work during the day giving the rest of the library staff and the librarians more time to catch up on work and projects that need to get done.
Christine Fullerton and Whitney Hensley (who both organized an incredibly successful History Day March 1) had the time to clean-up and organize information and materials for next year. Shawn Hartman had the time to work out the final details of the Spring 2019 Graves Lecture Series and write an article about it for the newsletter. (See it here!)
A lot of stuff happens that most people don’t ever see. Jenn Butler, our book repair wizard, had twelve extra hours to repair books over Midterm Break. Whitney Hensley went through hundreds of books that were donated to determine which ones would be added to our collection as well as thousands of microfiche to see which were duplicates and could be recycled.
I, along with the help of IT, went through the lists of those who had library holds and those students who owed the library $5.00 or more. I deleted the hold on those who had paid their fines (or returned overdue books) and added holds to those who had crossed the $5.00 threshold.
Speaking of books, nothing is worse than not finding a book that the catalog says is on the shelf. Making sure that the catalog is correct is another job that needs to be done regularly but sometimes takes a backseat to other things. During the break it was discovered that some of our holdings were set incorrectly in the catalog and in OCLC. It has been fixed and I’m sure nobody noticed.
We do keep busy during breaks. Breaks offer us the long expanses of time to think and work on complicated processes without interruption.