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...]

At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

2 students come up saying they want 'scholarly articles' on management, personality and job performance -- but they tried and couldn't find any. I go in and use the same database and find 149. Weird.

If you know, you can feel my pain: "Advanced Segments are Visit based not Pageview based."

Wow, they still put out print editions of the Humanities Index and the Social Sciences Index!

Came across a library/writing center web page that was advertising its hours for "Facebook Chat". Interesting.

It's 'Parents Day' here at the library so we have a lot of groups coming in and out. I notice that the guy who bought the coffee and cookies only got Pepperidge Farm Milano Double Chocolate. This lack of variety and fixation on only one type cookie is something I find troubling.

Just checked: the Drupal4Lib ListServ now has over 800 subscribers!

Best Chat Reference question ever: 'If your boyfriend's pissing you off, would you call him to talk?' Had they stayed online, I would've recommended the research guide under Sociology.

Land office business at the Ref Desk tonight. Students with assignments, just beginning projects, etc.

A student came over wanting to know how to find material for a paper she's writing on something she called 'civic engagement'. I showed her a couple of the databases, how to search for things and how to track down books and magazine articles. That was an hour ago. She just came back saying she had already found '10 sources'! Mission accomplished!