At the Ref Desk (10/6/18): (Question of the Day): "For how much time can I ask you questions?" I told him we were open till nine. [more...]

At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

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.

Loads of reference questions today. Things must be getting serious.

Saturday at the Ref Desk. Lots more reference questions now that we're later in the semester. My trusty assistant, Mr Coffee, stands by my side.

Monday evening doing business ref. Please, more coffee!

Good traffic this evening -- otherwise I just would have conked out behind the desk.

Avalanche of flash drives left abandoned by students in the lab computers. Our only hope: microchips implanted in all of us coming with at least 16 gb of disk space.

Yippie, free hotdogs at DePaul! I'm expecting the entire library to clear out at 12noon (including your's truly).

Slow night at the library. Looks like all the students have been abducted by aliens, probably for reasons of nourishment. I hate when that happens.

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