Disruptions from the flood continue to haunt the library. Therefore I spend my time checking on coworkers to make sure their setups are still working, manning the computer desk, sneaking about to find computers with email access and manage the library’s social media, brief advising sessions with people I run into about their various projects, all before finally unpacking my netbook to set up shop somewhere. It’s like living in a fishbowl wherever I end up — either from patrons or other staff members.
When I ran out of small, manageable tasks for my netbook, I took to writing notes from Smashing UX Design. This book is absolutely amazing with the amount of detail it gives you. I’m still learning the ropes of UX, but reading this book I realize that I’ve been doing it day in and day out since I was hired. The key points are: observe or ask what’s wrong or thinking about, listen, take notes, and then try to do something to improve that person’s life.
Today I spent a lot of time carrying items around. When I rolled into work, I quickly found out that the rest of the stuff in the UX office needed to be carried out. So I packed everything up and then moved it. When that was done, I loaded up my work Mac and its two monitors to set up in the staff lounge.
Fortunately I had packed everything together and labeled the boxes so it was easy to find my stuff and move it up the stairs. I had to leave my PC behind as there isn’t room on the desk in the staff lounge and there is only one ethernet outlet. We have a staff use computer in the lounge and already I got a bit of grumbling over taking that computer’s internet. Meanwhile, I was able to zoom around and fix things up on the website, create a new digital sign, and work on a coding experiment.