things are a bit quieter now so I thought I would tell you a bit about my job here.
I am in charge of reader services so I have to do all the staff rotas for the enquiry desk and also do a few sessions aweek on the desk myself. The enquiries we get are mostly for legal research but our users can be students, barristers. clerks and judges so an interesting and demanding clientele. I also write our library guides - things like how to use Westlaw, LexisNexis etc - that's quite a task but i think the guides are pretty good and user friendly.
Our members can be based all over the world so we are always trying to provide services for members outside of London. We started a current awareness blog last year and I am part of the team that adds the postings - its very good and I certainly know alot about what is happening in the legal world now! Another service that we offer is called AccessToLaw which is a gatewy site of UK, European and Commonwealth legal web sites. I am on the team that adds new links to this and monitors existing links . This is an interesting job and again is useful when we get tricky queries.
I am responsible for ensuring that the book collectionis up to date - I have to suggest new books to buy and make sure we get all the new edition sof existing textbooks. This is a never ending job and involves liaising with book suppliers and publishers and I know a lot aboutl aw books now!
Other things I do - staff training, space planning, preparing books for binding, historical enquiries where people want to know about an ancestor who was a barrister, student tours etc etc . its a busy job but very interesting and never boring!
I can't say we seem any busier now - I think that Libraries in law frms and financial organisationsw ill probably be feeling the effects more than us.
Talking about technology - it's amazing how things change so quickly. I worked in this Library between 1994-8 and it was so different then - we only had access to Lexis and a few CDs. My first library job in 1988 was at Lincoln's In Library and they still had huge big ledgers as the catalogue - no computers at all! We had to write details of new books in the ledgers!
Makes you think what will it be like in another 10 years time?
we get our fair share of odd balls here too! Usually they wander in following the Da Vinci code trail - we are right by Temple Church so they think they can come in here too! We have no security guard so even though it says clearly on the door not open to the public, they still come in. We also get quite a few odd emails and letters - I had someone write in wanting information on Sweeney Todd - the demon Barber of Fleet Street. I always reply but sometimes they just keep writing back! We also get people wanting legal advice, which we can't give. Luckily we don't get the litigants in person (people representing themselves in court) - I think I would go crazy if we did.
hope your transport problems are sorted now. I live in a little village in Kent and travel in by train. It usually take 40 minutes but when it goes wrong, it really goes wrong! Last week it took 2 hours to get home one night!
Re Temple Church - it plays quite a big role in the Da vinci code - there is information about it on our website - it is a lovely church and attracts lots of visitors.
I am on leave for Halloween and my little boy is going to a party so I will painting his face and making a costume for him. We can't really dress up at work although it would be fun. I would quite enjoy frightening the users!
fingers crossed about the election - I'm hoping the same as you!