It's academic survey time! Welcome to the annual round of up a lot of people debating semantics about instructions that are in no way clear, thank you so much, as we're asked to account for the work we do. Or in some people's case, don't do and lie about.
It's times like these I am glad that I am not considered a librarian at this position, no matter that I do the work of one. It means I can throw my hands up into the air and say you tell me what to do and I'll do it because I don't care just pick a number.
I suspect who we're reporting to doesn't care, either.
What makes it even better is that on top of this, I'm in charge of creating the new statistics database. To do this, I require statistics. As in, what we want to count, and how, across one main and two branch libraries. That's right, three reference departments. Three. And honestly, they aren't the worst despite the constant love-hate battle with the READ scale. No, circulation is the worst. Somehow each library has managed to count circulation stats differently.
I failed math at every opportunity I had and I still can't figure out how they managed that.
The only upside is the first survey is due at the end of the week so they can only drive me to murderous thoughts until Thursday. Well, about this, anyway.