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At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

Cart Before Horse -- so a student walks up to the Ref Desk and says his research paper is almost complete so now's the time to start looking for a few research articles and books to list in it.

Nearing the end of the term, it already looks like a busy day.

Um, no, you can't grab four chairs from the Student Computer Lab for the concert you're organizing a day from now in another part of the building.

Come back tomorrow and maybe we can talk...

So across the hall from the library, they're having a talk on St. Thomas Aquinas with a reception featuring this magnificent spread. They finally call out to us poor starving library staff to finish off what's left. I grab a huge plate and fill it up just like everyone else -- but I can't tell for the life of me how I got all this mashed potatoes all over my glasses.

So I say to the guy talking on his cellphone in the library, 'you really shouldn't be talking on your cellphone in the library'. He looks at me and says, 'but it's my mom'. Huh???

Jeudi Soir. Please Mr. Coffee, wake me up.

First Day of Reference on Saturday for 2011.

Yippie, my first legitimate reference question of the year!

Opps, I thought I had the day off till I remembered I was scheduled for evening reference at DePaul. Anyway, Happy New Quarter to all the students!

Last shift of the year. Quiet night. Someone came in looking for the Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology.

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