At the Ref Desk (5/22/18): Got an IM request explaining in great detail (several sentences in fact) what kind of article the person was looking for. Only thing missing -- the topic. Oh well... [more...]
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Stormy First Day for Academic Year 2014-2015

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/25/14 (7:04pm)

Stormy first day for academic year 2014-2015.

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Certified 'Library-Lover'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/16/14 (1:06pm)

Results from the PewResearch Library User Quiz. Of course, I took the thing while sitting in the library (Depaul) so you could call me biased.

Moon Landing in Eagle River, Wisc. (1969)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 7/16/14 (2:01pm)

The lunar landing in 1969 -- I remember it well. We were kids hanging out at Camp McCormick in Eagle River, Wisc. There in the darkness, under a star-lit sky, sitting on a hill overlooking the pine forests and lakes and streams of northern Wisconsin's 'Land O'Lakes', we listened on our portable radio -- TV not being allowed in summer camp -- as the Apollo 11 astronauts made their landing. When it happened and Armstrong said those famous words, we jumped up and cheered.

My, What Creativity with the English Language!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 6/25/14 (3:12pm)

Suggested alternatives to 'UICNursing' courtesy of YouTube (i.e. Google).

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Caption Needs Correcting

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 6/4/14 (12:28pm)

Daily Herald article on lowering administrative costs by consolidating suburban libraries. As one local library director explains why voters in Fox River Grove turned down a proposal to consolidate libraries:

"They didn't want to lose control of their local library."

Dueling Visions of our Tablet Future

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/26/14 (9:46am)

Casey Johnston:

"Few people try to or want to use tablets like laptops, save for when they feel like they have to justify the cost and get every last inch of mileage out of it."

Wired Gadget Lab Staff:

"I don’t want a laptop. I don’t want a tablet. I want a tablet-shaped laptop-looking thing with a snap-on keyboard and a kickstand and a 3:2 screen and an Intel Core processor and a stylus and it has to run full Windows. Bueno?"

(Discussion precipitated by Microsoft's recent release of the Surface Pro 3.)

Daddy Fronting for the Home Team

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/13/14 (9:19pm)

Suburbanite Economist (4/30/1958):

"United Film and Recording Studio has been awarded the production of a full length motion picture on the subject of rehabilitation of the men- tally ill, by the State of Illinois. William L. Klein, owner of the Chicago studio expects the awarding of this contract to pave the way to promote Chicago as an able film capital. He says, "Chicago has the manpower and facilities to do a supreme job and does not have to take a back seat as far as New York or Hollywood is concerned." Hear! Hear! Hear! (Suburbanite Economist, 4/30/1958, p20.)

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Current Cites for Mar 2014

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 4/3/14 (4:11pm)

go to Current Cites
Current Cites for March 2014 is out! You can find the issue here...

I wrote about an article that looked at the various iterations of the library home page at UNLV down through the ages (i.e. 1996-2012): "Tracking Changes: One Library's Homepage Over Time - Findings from Usability Testing and Reflections on Staffing", Journal of Web Librarianship 8(1)(2014): 23-47.

'Selfie' - At the Reference Desk

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 3/15/14 (10:44am)

Everyone's doing it...

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Florida, Bahamas, Saudi Arabia -- Eat your Heart Out!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 3/1/14 (8:12pm)

Last snowfall of the year? One can only hope. Anyway, enjoy it while it lasts, as they say. [Link to larger photo...]

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