At the Ref Desk (8/28/18): Bingo! Got my first 'Do-U-Have-My-Textbook???' question -- and the school year doesn't even begin till next week! [more...]

At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

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!

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!