At the Ref Desk (8/28/18): Bingo! Got my first 'Do-U-Have-My-Textbook???' question -- and the school year doesn't even begin till next week! [more...]

At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

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

End of the school year at DePaul -- at least for me. Next time I'm at the Reference Desk, it'll be officially Summer. Congrads to all the hard-working students out there! Now get a little well-deserved sleep!

Slow as molasses at the library tonight. Is everyone watching the Hawks game?

I did see one guy running around in a Hawks jersey.

Oh Oh, someone just came over asking for an English dictionary!

Yes! Someone came over asking a question on economic history and trade! We love you!

Opps, I inadvertently scared one of the other librarians into leaving at 8pm and not at 9pm. She was going to stay and grade papers but after I told her when the game would likely end, she decided to catch an earlier train out to the suburbs where she lives.

So of course, someone is text-messaging me with the info from the game. It seems they forgot to play the national anthem and played 'God Bless America' instead. Does that mean the game is invalid?

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