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...]
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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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Here I am sitting at DePaul reference with one IM request popping up after another (we use LibraryH3lp), and I read the following from a study of "Net Gen" undergrads done at Marywood University:

Research assistance preference

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Academic Admissions Requirements (Leo Klein U.)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 2/4/10 (6:38pm)

You don't get in -- no way, no how -- unless you own a flash drive (and know how to use it).

-- That way, if you're in a lab and the computer goes bonkers, you won't lose the paper you've been working on all day because you didn't save it.

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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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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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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Back to School at Depaul - Library Reference Edition

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 9/10/09 (8:32pm)
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Actually the school year started on Tuesday but it's the first day back for me!

On a side note, DePaul Library now has a new Twitter account: http://twitter.com/dpulibrarian

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First Law of Electronic Reserves

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/15/09 (4:27pm)

Make sure your students have a copy of your syllabus just in case the frickin' server breaks down.

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DePaul Makes It into Andrew Sullivan's 'Daily Dish' -- in Reverse

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/3/09 (5:54pm)
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Here's something interesting. Andrew Sullivan, on his blog, The Daily Dish, has been featuring a series of user-submitted photos called, 'The View From Your Window'. And wouldn't you know, Saturday, he ran a picture from DePaul!

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