At the Ref Desk (1/16/19): Today's funny: Got an IM from a student asking who to contact for an overdue book. I texted him the phone number for Access Services. Student replied back that he'd call once his class was over. Um, right. [more...]
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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...

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)

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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).

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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