At the Ref Desk (3/17/18): Kinda slow today. Wonder where everyone went ... [more...]

At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

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?

Emergency test of the DePaul loudspeaker system successfully wakes up dead.

Judging by all the paper signs stuck to lamp-posts asking cars to park for only 20 minutes -- plus the traffic heading into the dorms, today must be 'move-in' day at DePaul. Fall Quarter begins on Tuesday.

At the beginning of the Quarter, typically we get droves of students wanting to know if we have their textbooks on the shelf.

Compliment of the Day: 'As a woman and a graduate with an MLS, I can say you did a wonderful job taking care of me!' (She needed help printing.)

Hello, Up There? Do I get a plaque? An award or something?

Apparently it's 'Forget your id before coming to the library' Day. A lot of people want to know how to print without their id's (it's possible but you need to buy a separate copy card to do it).

Working Reference, Thinking BBQ