At the Ref Desk (1/16/19): Today's funny: Got an IM from a student asking who to contact for an overdue book. I texted him the phone number for Access Services. Student replied back that he'd call once his class was over. Um, right. [more...]

At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

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.

Doing business ref at the DePaul Loop Campus. Can only think of food -- food, food, everywhere! I'm sorry, if you're not a piece of bacon, a lamb chop or a broiled chicken with stuffing and mash, please don't come up here and disturb me with your silly questions.

Doing business reference at Depaul's Loop Campus -- always a learning experience (for me).

What do you do as a reference librarian when you're the only one who showed up for work (hello Circulation)?

Yea, hallelujah! Jim the Circ. person just came in. He's the back-up guy at Circulation. We have lift-off.

Harvey RIP: It is with great sadness that we have learned of the sudden death of Harvey the Reference Plant on February 13th, age 2 weeks. In Harvey's brief association with us, he brightened up the Reference Desk in ways that more puny (and apparently cheaper) plants just couldn't match. We send our condolences to the entire plant world and have reconciled ourselves to the fact that a replacement, in the form of a new bouquet, is on its way.

So we got this enormous plant for the reference desk which looks like it came from the "Little Shop of Horror". It's looking at me all the time and I know it's probably eaten a student or two when my back was turned. So naturally I'm taking a poll among my colleagues to see what we should call it: "Harvey or Irene?"

Last Day of Finals Week & students only now asking where the 'Writing Center' is? Then again, I was probably worse.

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