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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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Screencast on News & Blog Server

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 9/1/10 (9:07am)
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I put together a screencast about our News & Blog server for UIC's Office of Admissions & Records:

http://www.oar.uic.edu/circle

The server runs on Drupal and currently supports 5 different Blogs & News services. Built into the system is a publication workflow consisting of 'Authors' who create content and 'Editors' who give that content final approval. All comments are moderated and easily accessed on one page through a special 'Dashboard' utility.

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First Day of New School Year at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/23/10 (2:12pm)
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Today was the first day of the Fall 2010 Semester.

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UIC Gets New Bus Stop Signs

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/21/10 (5:24pm)
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This jumped out at me as I was walking to work yesterday. They changed all the routes and people may be unhappy with that but the new signs look great.

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ListServ is a ListServ is a ListServ

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 8/8/10 (3:03pm)

ChicagoReader Logo I'm not sure why Michael Miner, who writes for the ChicagoReader on the local press scene, decided to dredge up the brouhaha over the recently closed-down listServ JournoList. I mean, it's been all over teh Internets™ for weeks now and doesn't really seem to have much to do with Chicago.

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I Dunno - You Tell Me!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 7/15/10 (2:04pm)

Things I find waiting for me when I walk into the office.

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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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Taking Spring Pix at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 5/4/10 (2:41pm)
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It's near the end of classes -- in fact, we're in finals week -- and I always like to go around campus taking pictures of students -- which I can then use for the UIC OAR website. Here I am on the West Side in the Medical District -- looking for someone, anyone, in scrubs or a white jacket.

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