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

Yes, it's happened: somebody actually came up to the Reference Desk asking me to type something up for him! I told the guy -- he looked like he was in his 80s -- that unfortunately we do research not stenography.

Working on a LibGuide (i.e. help guide) on how to do citations.

Call me old-fashion but I remember when copiers used to do one thing well (rather than half a dozen things badly).

Now the emergency lights are going on and off -- at the same time as someone on the intercom is saying there's no need to evacuate the building. I think I've gone deaf.

Yuck, the latest deafening screech from the sound system: "Fire alert, evacuate the building immediately". Needless to say, everyone's heading out the door.

So they're testing the emergency response sound system in the Library. And yes, they've woken up the dead.

It's a Monday. The Library Website is working, praise the Lord!

Yuk, the library website was down for maybe half an hour. Scary.

I wasn't expecting this -- a student comes up to the Reference Desk saying he's having trouble printing out his 'pages' file (a mac format) on the PC's in the Lab. I tell him to save the thing out as a PDF on his Mac and then to try printing that out. He asks me, 'What's a PDF?'

First night at the Loop Campus for a while. Two of the librarians gave me a 'welcome back' present!