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...]
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Bereavement Notice: Harvey the Reference Plant RIP

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 2/18/10 (7:52am)
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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.

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Strange Photo Day

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/16/10 (10:57pm)
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PHOTO 1. Inclusive? Depressing? Neither? Both? Sign on Chicago El reads: "Depressed? Diabetic? Depressed and Diabetic? Neither one?"

PHOTO 2: Effective messaging (if you happen to be a lawyer). Sign on doors at UIC warning, "These doors are for A.D.A. Use Only".

PHOTO 3: Strange marketing juxtaposition. Preparation H on clearance at the Dominicks normally full of college students near DePaul University.

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It's Official: Plant's Name is Harvey

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 2/11/10 (7:17pm)
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The People have spoken and 'Harvey' has edged out 'Irene' by 4 tics to 3.

So ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, members of the press, horticulturalists and bibliographers the world over, I give you,

Harvey the Reference Plant

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Plants Are People Too

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 2/6/10 (3:23pm)
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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?"

At this point it's a tie.

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Old Colleague, New Colleague

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 1/22/10 (2:47pm)

An old colleague from NYU, Jen Schwartz, just started at DePaul. It's a small world.

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Questions I Didn't See on the DePaul Compliance Training Test

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/9/10 (11:26am)

I just completed Depaul's "General Compliance Training" test. It seems to have consisted of a gazillion questions. Oddly enough, it didn't include the following:

  • Is it okay to eat people alive?
  • When robbing a bank should you only ask for twenties?
  • You know all those empty liquor bottles under your desk? If you kicked them under the desk of a colleague so that it looked like he had a drinking problem and not you, would this constitute a violation of university guidelines for recycling of glass, paper and plastic?
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1st Day Back at Library Reference

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/2/10 (7:46pm)
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Meanwhile in other news...

Today was my first day back at Library Reference at DePaul. Winter Session starts on Monday.

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So Where's the Cake?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/31/09 (12:56pm)

So the email goes out: "pumpkin nut/raisin bread" in the Reference Workroom.

Sounds nice, huh? So what's left when the Saturday crew finally shows up? You're looking at it.

Outrageous!

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Talk about potpourri, this week's DePaulia, the student newspaper of DePaul contains the following highlights:

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1st Robo-call at the Reference Desk

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/10/09 (10:22am)

Wow, I don't recall this ever happening: The phone rings at the reference desk. I pick it up. And the recorded message begins, "This is a message from Credit Card Services".

"Credit Card Services"? At the University? I have to admit that it took me a moment to think about this. Then I hanged up.

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