At the Ref Desk (2/16/19): Got asked on IM if I was having a 'good day'. Of course, I replied and then asked if the person had a research question. 'No, that's all I wanted to know. Thanks!' [more...]
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Beginning of Fall Quarter 2011 at DePaul

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 9/8/11 (11:39pm)

Picture of Your's Truly at the Ref Desk on my first day for Fall Quarter 2011. Lots of questions about whether we have textbooks for classes (generally we don't). Plus to add to the excitement, our Chat Reference pooped out for a couple of hours.

Last but not least, Are These Fighting Words? -- a shot of the flavors available at the Bean Coffee Stand at DePaul including the (controversial) "Decaf Librarian's Blend".

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Move In Day at DePaul

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/3/11 (4:00pm)

Actually I think it's move-in weekend. The quarter doesn't start till next Tuesday but people are moving in already. I saw one guy with this huge large-screen tv maybe 5' x 6' that probably cost a fortune in the 1990s. It's strange to think he's moving that monster into his dorm.

P.S. The sign says,

'LOADING ZONE: Please limit your time in this space to 20 minutes so that other students can move in. Thank you."

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Snow Storm Aftermath: DePaul University

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 2/5/11 (11:12am)
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Some shots on the way to work today.

  1. Sign post in snow saying 'Caution: Falling Mice'
  2. Snow sprinkled statues just outside of the DePaul Library.
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First Snow

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/4/10 (3:43pm)

Hey, San Diego and Tampa: Eat your hearts out! (Corner of Fullerton & Kenmore, just outside of DePaul's Richardson Library).

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Fall Quarter 2010 at DePaul - View from the Reference Desk

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 9/9/10 (8:09pm)
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Actually the Fall Quarter started on Tuesday -- but this is my first day back.

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Move-in Day at Depaul

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/4/10 (3:34pm)
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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.

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Beware of What You Ask

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 5/18/10 (9:15am)

A student came by as I was closing up wanting to know if we kept records of people's searches. His hard drive had crashed and all the work he had done the day before, researching for a paper, was now lost.

I explained that the only way to do this is by creating an account on the individual databases (where possible) and then saving the search results to that. Beyond that, there's little record of what people do. And that's a good thing.

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Avalanche of abandoned flash drives turn up at Reference

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 5/8/10 (11:11am)

Hot News from Reference: an avalanche of flash drives left abandoned in lab computers by forgetful students have been turning up at the Reference Desk. Will there be no end to this deluge? Our only hope: microchips implanted in all of us coming with at least 16 gb of disk space.

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Live-Blogging the Empty Library

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 3/27/10 (10:38am)

10:30am: What do you do as a reference librarian when you're the only one who showed up for work (hello Circulation)?

11:00am: The person supposed to be at Circulation just called saying he was stuck at the Airport in Minneapolis.

11:26am: Problem: A student came by wanting to charge out a book. I explained we didn't have anyone with access to the system. He said he'd come back later in the day.

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Leo Klein Caught Trashing E-Books in the DePaul Student Newspaper

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 3/5/10 (8:28am)

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So I'm famous, I guess. I made it into the student newspaper, the DePaulia, on the subject of e-books:

"I've got a great book collection, and there are great atlases and things like that. [T]here's a great book we have here, The Burnham Plan of Chicago, it's wonderfully illustrated from 100 years ago. [W]ould an electronic version replace that?" said Leo Klein, part time librarian at the DePaul Library.

Of course, not every book fits into this category. In fact, the majority don't, which is why I'm perfectly happy to access them online. It's just the distribution methods, some quite restrictive and proprietary, that give me indigestion.

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