Yeah shelf checking and shelving is boring, or so people say, personally I've found it quite boring at first, but then i thought, hang on a second... it's not that bad... you can look for books that haven't been catalogued properly or something. So here I am.. Hehe.. Every now and then i dig up a book or two that are in the wrong section. Plus this is how you get acquianted with the collection and the materials you got in stock.
It's one thing to do the job on autopilot, or to do it just because you get paid at the end of the day, but it's different when you actually love what you do. And I make fewer mistakes than other student assistants do. (though I'm technically considered a student library assistant, since I dont' have any formal training, I've been trained on the job, and so far so good! I'm very much a part of the librarian team there; they discuss library-related issues with me. Ask for my input with regards to moving stuff and section-related things.)
So it's not just 'you're a student, you weren't trained for this, you have no input in these things' deal that they got with the other student assistants, granted most SAs haven't worked there for more than two years. I've been around to watch the library grow and expand and have been a considerate part of the things at the library. Been through two moves! both of which were a bit of a doozy. Heh. But we seem to have settled down now. I'm hoping.
I got access to things other SAs don't (we only get one or two more. depending on the load of things) I can edit the catalogue, add materials, remove materials, etc. This isn't something that I'd have gotten my hands on if they didn't trust me, or if I wasn't much of a part of a team there.
Some of my ideas/suggestions even got implemented in the library proceedings because they are practical. I seem to be good at finding lost things, not to mention digging up cans of worms here and there. Probably a good idea that I'm familiar with the Dewey Classification Catalogue. Hehe.
All that and no 'formal training'. Sometimes I wonder if you really need formal training for some things. (Formal training = degree/certificate in the field) You can have a certificate and the degree, but your knowledge is zip when it comes to practical parts. It's just a piece of paper that cost you half of your fortune to get. On the other hand, you can have no formal training whatsoever, but with what you've learned 'on the job' is much more helpful I'm sure that when I get to do my library sciences degree, it'll be easier for me to go through, because I've already got two years of experience in the field under my belt. And I know it's not something I'll get bored with easily, because here I am two years later and I'm still enjoying every day I'm there.