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...]

At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

You know, they get these fancy copiers that do everything but perform lasik surgery & then when push-comes-to-shove towards the end of the quarter, the gizmos break down, get stuck, jam. The students freak out because they need a copy of something & their final class is, like, now. As Bill Maher would say, New rule: when dealing with multiple users, single purpose beats multipurpose.

Got a cold, finals week, need to prepare for a research consultation for Sat. On the plus side, I do have a huge coffee in front of me.

Only one more week of classes for this quarter but it looks like many students have focused on the holiday bit. Traffic is medium -- some IM chat. Working on my LibGuide for Encyclopedias

Waiting not so much for the rapture as for something good to eat! In any case, we're getting a lot of traffic today.

They had some poetry reading upstairs. Why should this matter? Because the tray full of left-overs is coming down as we speak. Food! Food! Food!

Only one guy's come up so far -- and that was to tell us of his plans for a Riverboat Medical Marijuana project.

Working the DePaul Loop Reference Desk - My usual Monday abode.

Opps, didn't notice I was supposed to fill in for someone this evening at Reference. Someone called and I raced over.

Sloooooooowwww day.... (Is there some free beer party no one's told us about?)

Generation Gap: So a group of high school students came into the library, one with a video camera. They asked me a couple of questions, said 'thank you', and then extend their hands which I naturally shook -- until one said they usually 'bump fists'. I'm sorry, I'm just so out of it.

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