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

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?

The last few days before the end of classes. Most students are working on their papers. Time to order that one last article from another school is practically over. Tired students, many looking too long at the computer screen. I tell them they should take a break.

At the library, doing Chat Reference.

From the Series 'I'm So Old': I can remember when we used to hand out research guides with a section devoted to LC Subject Headings.

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