At the Ref Desk (7/2/19): Weird Request of the Week (WRW): patron needed help logging into a pc workstation with scanner. After I helped her log in she asked, 'can I fax from here?' [more...]
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Do Not Climb on Brick Walls

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 8/18/19 (12:04am)

Interesting sign on the entry to the Hobbies, Arts & Crafts Building on the fair grounds in Springfield.

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Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 5/18/19 (1:03am)

Interesting announcement via the ALA Members listserv:

Today, the American Library Association released the Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census, a new resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States.

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Remembering the Spectator - Issue no. 105 (6/30/1711)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 5/9/19 (4:50pm)

Talking to a student last week, I tried to remember the quote (and the source of the quote): "I spell like a gentleman and not like a ..." Finally found it: [LINK].

P.S. Initial Google search (with auto-correct) came up with, "I smell like a gentleman..." Ah, no.

Class List from My 2nd Year in College

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/16/19 (10:10pm)

Spring Quarter (from an old letter):

  1. Shakespeare
  2. Latin 102
  3. Populism & Progressivism in America
  4. French Literature 201
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‘Publish & Read’ Contract

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/19/19 (5:14am)

Courtesy of Gary Price's InfoDocket, we learn of the agreement between publisher Wiley Global and "all German publicly and privately funded academic institutions" -- for the purpose of delivering "the benefits of open access to authors" (faqs here). Good move.

Update: Interesting development: UC decides to tell publisher Elsevier where to go (link).

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LibraryShelfieDay 2019

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 1/23/19 (7:05pm)

Plowing through the style guides in 'Ready Reference', making sure they're all there. #shelfie #LibraryShelfie #LibraryShelfieDay

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From the Series, Why We Need Librarians...

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 1/15/19 (5:40pm)

From the Series, Why We Need Librarians (IM edition) ...

Question: "Got the '3rd Symphony' by Copland? I had a look but couldn't find anything."
Answer: "Try 'third'..."

2018 List of Banished Words

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 1/1/19 (11:53pm)

"Impactful"

-- Thank you so much!

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Current Cites for Dec. 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/31/18 (12:39am)

go to Current Cites
Current Cites for Dec. 2018 is out! You can find the issue here...

I wrote about a library research project where the investigators decided to scrap everything and go back to the drawing board. Highly unusual (at least for published accounts).

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