True confessions of Carla: I’m a compulsive multitasker. I know, I’ve read the research. Multitasking isn’t as productive as it can sometimes seem to be. Our brains can’t actually focus on more than one thing at a time. But I am determined to prove those researchers wrong! I just can’t seem to help feeling lazy if I’m not doing at least three things at once. Just this morning I was listening to an audiobook, brushing my teeth, massaging my foot which was sore from an earlier run, and staring at my closet trying to find something I didn’t hate to wear today. I read while I blow dry my hair, I did my taxes while cooking dinner last night, and I’ve perfected the art of sleeping while watching basketball, football, or most movies. (That last one may not count as multitasking…)
My habit to stay busy and productive at all times, follows me to work. There is just so much to do and it’s a challenge to fit everything in. This means that while I’m sitting at the Reference Desk, waiting for someone to ask me a question or require assistance, I’m always busy writing emails, ordering books, updating the website, writing blog posts, or several of a million other things that help keep our library running smoothly. And I’m not alone. All the librarians are busy doing lots of different tasks while manning our busy service desks.
However, our number one job is to help our patrons access our collections, services and programs. While we may appear to be busy, we truly are anxious and excited to assist you. So, we ask that you, please, interrupt us! We’ve gone so far as to even post this sign at the desk, but I often worry that patrons don’t believe what it says.
I assure you, we are ready to be interrupted…unless of course we are helping someone else, then we’ll be with you as soon as possible. Please, stop and say hi! Ask for our help, we may look like we are doing important things, and we may be, but you are our top priority! Let us help you!