At the Ref Desk (11/21/15): Student: Do you have a refrigerator to store our drinks? Me: Sorry, no. [more...]
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Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/29/15 (2:39pm)

Interesting article looking at the transitory nature of the web. Technology and formats change all the time. In a sense, you never step into the same web twice. That said, the article subtitle, "If a Pulitzer-finalist 34-part series of investigative journalism can vanish from the web, anything can" -- just isn't true. I found most of the original "vanished" articles using the database Newsbank.


Current Cites for September 2015

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/1/15 (9:44am)

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Current Cites for September 2015 is out! You can find the issue here...

I recommended an article from Computers In Libraries that's near and dear to anyone who's experienced the same on a website they've managed, namely "Hacked! Lessons Learned From An URL Injection".

File Under, 'Things I Don't Usually Think About'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/26/15 (2:42pm)

So I was at the local Subway Sandwich place, ordering a Ham and Cheese. The guy at the counter asked me what I wanted on it.

"Mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato," I replied.

"In that order?"

I was stumped. I mean, I don't usually get down to that level of detail.

"Go with whatever works best," I finally blurted out.


First Saturday of the New School Year at Depaul

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/12/15 (3:38pm)

First Saturday of the new school year at Depaul -- with colleague Jim


Free Books: Tough Choice

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/29/15 (2:44pm)

At the Reference Desk: Free Books on the 'book truck' near the library entrance! It's either "WordPerfect: The Pocket Reference" (1987) or "Minute Manual for Apple Writer IIe" (1983). Tough choice.

I finally went with the "Minute Manual for Apple Writer IIe" -- I mean, how could I pass such pertinent pieces of information as:

How Much Can I Save on One Disk?
A normal Apple disk can hold a total of about 143k or 143,000 characters of information. The amount of usable space on a disk is equal to 128k to 136k or about 40 single spaced pages or 80 double spaces pages of text. When you run out of room on a disk and attempt to save a file, the computer simply beeps and displays the message, 'DOS :DISK FULL'. Put another disk in the drive and save the file again. (p.115)

Happy New School Year! (UIC)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/24/15 (9:30pm)

First day of classes at UIC.


A Higher Authority

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/1/15 (8:34pm)

Personal Confession: Nowadays there's all this talk about 'STEM' in education. That's nice but frankly what got me going -- starting in high school -- was the notion of the 'Renaissance Man'. ‪#‎LongLiveTheHumanities‬

Funniest Reference Question of the Year (By Phone)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/6/15 (1:00pm)

Patron: "Sorry, I know you probably get this question all the time..."
Me (interrupting): "Ask what you want -- we're here till 9pm!"
Patron: _SILENCE_
Me (finally): "Did you have a question"?
Patron: "That was it -- I wanted to know how late you're open."


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Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/5/15 (11:46am)

You call this a slideshow? By default, over a third of the photo is covered up with usage data (of all things) on the right. Why not make showing usage data optional through a setting in the embed code?