At the Ref Desk (5/22/18): Got an IM request explaining in great detail (several sentences in fact) what kind of article the person was looking for. Only thing missing -- the topic. Oh well... [more...]
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Wireless Now a Standard Library Feature in People's Minds

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 2/27/10 (10:45am)

Just got an interesting question over the phone today. A woman called the reference desk wanting to know if we were open to the public. She said she wasn't a student from DePaul.

"Yes," I replied, explaining that she had access to the books and print journals.

"Do we have access to the wireless as well?"

I had to explain that, like most schools, you need a student ID and password to access the wireless here. I was impressed though by her assumption that wireless was now part of what it means for a library to be "open".

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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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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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CTA Mouth Warbler II

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/28/10 (9:33am)

cta_logo_125x125.jpgFollowing up from last week, here's what I heard on the El going to Skokie last night:

"Attention Passengers: Please do not attempt to board the train -- the doors are closing".

Actually the delivery for this one was pretty good, though again, a touch on the long side.

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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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Mouthful to Say for CTA Train Drivers at Each & Every Stop

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/21/10 (6:20pm)

CTA Logo Has anyone else noticed drivers on the El announcing at every stop:

"Do not attempt to board the train. Doors closing."

That's a huge mouthful to say. No wonder they flub up every third stop or so. But what really gets me is that cognitively I don't think this works. In such a quick moment before the doors are about to close, you really need something snappier, simpler -- something like:

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Early Voting - Primary 2010

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/16/10 (7:06pm)

With an early voting location at the CPL branch at Lincoln Park -- just across the street from DePaul -- you can't get any more convenient. Not surprisingly, for a (February) Primary, traffic was light. I walked right in, no waiting, no line.

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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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