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

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.

Last Saturday of the year at the Reference Desk for me. It being intersession, it's pretty slow.

Advantage of living close to work: you can wake up at 11:25a and still make it to the Reference Desk at 12noon. Now hello, any students out there?

Heavy traffic at the Ref Desk this evening. Doing work on term papers is in full swing.

Student just came over, wanted to rent a pen for a dollar.

Kind of pooped, filling in at the Reference Desk for someone who couldn't make it. A great way to wake up and get energized is to have a bunch of students coming over with research questions.

Deep thought at the Library Reference Desk: Some people drink coffee, others inadvertently sprinkle it on themselves. I alas fall into the 2nd category.

Hey out there! Anyone speak French? The student assistant at the Ref. Desk tonight is learning basic French and I'm trying to teach him all the important words. So I'm trying to remember what 'drunk' is (en argot) and I want to say 'sou' but it's been so long, I'm not sure. Anyone out there know if this is right?

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