At the Ref Desk (10/6/18): (Question of the Day): "For how much time can I ask you questions?" I told him we were open till nine. [more...]

At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

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!

Oy! Got a ton of students. It's the beginning of the Fall Quarter. And naturally they all want to know if we have any of the textbooks they need for their classes (normally we don't). Plus I've got Chat Reference -- only the provider for Chat Reference is currently offline due to some technical difficulty. Fun, fun, fun!

Yes, the banging and hammering from the construction area to my left is driving me batty.

Favorite Reference Title of the Day: "Bibliography of Bibliographies in American Literature" (1970). Can't wait to be trapped on a desert island with only that to read.

Kind of hungry (as usual) and there's a quarter cake in the back room. Tempting -- but the last thing I probably need after 2 days of pure gluttony in Springfield.

Wow, we're still getting NYRB in microfilm! WTF?

I'll tell you what this library needs! It needs a food-tray within reasonable distance from the Reference Desk! Don't know how long I'll be able to hold out... Fading fast. Need. More. Calories.