Work in the Time of Corona: CeeCee Bishop, Public Service Assistant

Posted on
May 6, 2020

By CeeCee Bishop

Our library staff members are chronicling their experiences living through a pandemic. If you keep a daily journal of your experience, consider donating it to Swem’s Special Collections when the crisis has passed.

Name: CeeCee Bishop

Title: Public Service Assistant

Department: Circulation

a sunny room with a fish tank and a colorful rugHow has your work changed during the pandemic?

I’m still helping patrons! On Saturday and Sunday mornings, I’m on the other side of the “Ask a Librarian” chat ready to help connect people with library resources. Other times throughout the week, I’ve been working on projects to help the Circulation department, such as laying out our training policies.

What are your challenges?

It’s been really hard for me to stick to a schedule. I’ve been flowing from one task to the next without much set timelines for things and I haven’t figured out if that’s effective or not, but I feel like I’ll have plenty of time to figure it out.

What has surprised you?

I’ve been amazed by how effectively the library has transitioned to remote work. Circ staff are still working hard to help keep students and professors connected to resources, especially reserves.

What do you miss most about being in the library? 

  1. Interacting with really human people face to face! Being at the Circ desk I get a lot of social interaction. Now...not so much.
  2. Getting iced coffee from Swemaromas :(
  3. Walking in the stacks

Anything else you’d like to share: selfie of CeeCee with pink hair

I dyed my hair pink. And cut my own bangs. Now it’s really a crisis.