A funny thing happened and I’m in a different world!

May 31, 2009

My position was recently re-evaluated, because it was realized that I didn’t really fit under any current policies. I went from a 12 month appointment where I worked 940 hours per year, with full benefits except vacation, personal days and sick leave…to a 10 month appointment where I work 930 hours per year, with full benefits. Since I have two months off in the summer, no vacation or personal days. This is all at the same pay rate, so I don’t lose anything.

This happened two days before before I left for “vacation.” I had asked for a week and a half, it was actually comp time, but was told to take 2 and a half weeks, to use all of the comp time. The new contract will start July 1st, so I’ll work the month of June, then be off from July 1st until August 15th.

Now anyone in their right mind would say whoopee!! But not being in my right mind, I was thrown completely off balance. I haven’t had this much time off since around 1978, and I’m not that all that great at using time off well. I’ve been keeping busy and using my time fairly well, but still spend a lot of time thinking about work. Perhaps if I write down what I need to do when I get back, I’ll be able stop running it over in my mind constantly.

  • Get the Vail photos up on CONTENTdm.
  • Figure out how to set up a new finding aid style sheet in Archivist’s Toolkit.
  • Inventory the vault.
  • Work on a BI for Primary Resources using ideas I’ve been picking up from the book “Made to Stick”.
  • Get a list going of projects for student workers in the fall.
  • Set up staff training for care of rare books an archives in the event of water or other damage due to an emergency.

I’ll probably be adding to this when I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t sleep, because I’m thinking about work. That may be more than I can do in the month of June anyway. I’ll start working on my August list. ๐Ÿ™‚

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6 Responses to “A funny thing happened and I’m in a different world!”

  1. Kim Laird Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Don’t forget to make a to-do list for your time at home too. ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s always the “Be A Tourist In Your Home Town” concept.

    I’m sure you’ll find some great things to do, classes to take (sewing or knitting perhaps) or maybe you can raise bees.

  2. pak Says:

    please the word is ‘LOSE’ not ‘LOOSE’

  3. Betty David Says:

    I have some really old books I am trying to get somewhere besides my attic. I will send you the list if you are interested and you can have fun with them. My attic is my “Archives” and as you know my mother and grandmother saved everything. There is no doubt you are having fun with such interesting stuff.(I would imagine you are only interested in 19th Century and before.)


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