At the Ref Desk (11/13/18): Beginning of finals week -- wow, we're crowded! [more...]
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Grandfather's Diary Entry (Berlin, 1917)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 11/11/18 (4:18am)

Grandfather Leopold Klein, born in Chicago but too sick to leave Berlin at the U.S. entry into WWI, wrote in his diary:

"This 'World War' must end soon. When it does come to an end, the principles of justice, mercy and, above all, reason - which dictates all the rest - must guide the nations concerned in the establishment of peace. Otherwise, these nations will only lay the foundation for later, and greater, world conflict.... If a true peace is not made when the shooting stops, the result may be a truly worldwide conflict - thrusting its horror to the four corners of the earth, a World War which will be the greatest catastrophe humanity has yet experienced." (Berlin, 1917)

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Current Cites for Oct. 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/1/18 (7:59pm)

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I recommended an article on a new initiative from Europe promoting open access journals. Given the high cost of research journals and databases, this kind of topic is always interesting. In fact, the original link to this article was forwarded by a colleague where I work.

Thank-You Present

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 10/10/18 (11:16pm)

Thank-you present from student after doing a research consultation. #RefDesk

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First Saturday of the Year

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/8/18 (10:48pm)

First Saturday of the school year -- with Jim from Access Services!

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Current Cites for Aug. 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/1/18 (4:11pm)

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The people at IFLA Journal devoted a whole issue to privacy and the increasing level of complexity brought on by our online world. The title of the article I cited is, "Privacy Awareness Issues in User Data Collection by Digital Libraries".

Westlaw Edge Plus Raffle Winner

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 8/9/18 (3:39pm)

Had a great time at the Westlaw Edge (Thomson Reuters) demo today. Breakfast was good, the people were engaging, the presentation was informative. They ended things with raffles for an Amazon Echo, an Apple Watch and an Apple iPad. Guess who won the iPad :-)

Update: Going through some old equipment, I came upon this portable keyboard. How convenient!

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Current Cites for June 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 7/12/18 (9:04pm)

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I wrote about an interesting usability study published in Journal of Web Librarianship measuring the effectiveness of library research guides. I guess the best take-away from the article might be, 'know your audience'.

Today's Funny du Jour

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 6/25/18 (7:02pm)

[At the Salvation Army book section]: Not sure if the Chicago Manual of Style fits in with the other tour guides to Chicago. Will have to talk to Cataloging at the Salvation Army.

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Make It Hard to Update Software? Guess What: Then People Won't

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/8/18 (2:36am)

Drupalicon Ars Technical reports on the vulnerability of 115,000 Drupal websites to 'hacker takeovers'. This even though a software patch has been available for over 10 weeks.

All I can say is, I'm not surprised. I mean, updating Drupal software is not an easy thing. There is no link or button you can click on which gets the job done. Instead, the programmers have built a command-line interface using Drush (or whatever) thus coming up with a method which only a programmer would love. For this reason, when you go through comparisons of CMS's routinely making the rounds, 'easiness of updating' for Wordpress rates as 'easy' while for Drupal, it rates as 'difficult'.

"Difficult"? Is it any wonder then that an almost predictable result is a significant time lag before updating? This is not rocket science.

Current Cites for May 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/2/18 (1:03pm)

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MIT Technology Review devoted its entire May/June issue to blockchain and cryptocurrency. It's something that's getting a whole lot of press so if ever there was a opportunity to actually read anything on it, this is it.

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