At the Ref Desk (10/21/14): Should I be ashamed when the first thing that pops into my head when I think of Latin poetry, is "Nunc est bibendum"? [more...]
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At the Reference Desk: A Humble Request

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/23/14 (6:47pm)

People, could you please refrain from sticking pencils in dictionaries!

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1st Saturday of the (School) Year

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/13/14 (8:01pm)

Nice day; lot of traffic.

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Current Cites for Aug 2014

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/30/14 (2:04pm)

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Current Cites for August 2014 is out! You can find the issue here...

My pick this month was an article on modeling library instruction as 'performance art' -- from a librarian whose background not surprisingly is in theater. The focus was on instruction sessions but there's no reason why such an approach can't be incorporated, at least to a certain extent, in face-to-face interactions at the Reference Desk.

WebDev with a Bag Over My Head

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 8/27/14 (1:59pm)

Mystery website at MPOW. I inherited the thing. It was put together maybe 6 years ago or more. What system does it run on? Nobody knows -- not even the original developers. On the other hand, many of the pages end in 'aspx'.

Some links on the main navigation end in '#' (i.e. empty hashtag). "#"? You click on that link and you'll go absolutely nowhere. It's the web equivalent of a dead-end. What'd they do? Launch the site without bothering to develop those particular pages?

I guess you could call this the equivalent of walking into a house with a bag over your head. I think I'd prefer an actual bag.

Stormy First Day for Academic Year 2014-2015

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/25/14 (7:04pm)

Stormy first day for academic year 2014-2015.

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Certified 'Library-Lover'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/16/14 (1:06pm)

Results from the PewResearch Library User Quiz. Of course, I took the thing while sitting in the library (Depaul) so you could call me biased.

Moon Landing in Eagle River, Wisc. (1969)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 7/16/14 (2:01pm)

The lunar landing in 1969 -- I remember it well. We were kids hanging out at Camp McCormick in Eagle River, Wisc. There in the darkness, under a star-lit sky, sitting on a hill overlooking the pine forests and lakes and streams of northern Wisconsin's 'Land O'Lakes', we listened on our portable radio -- TV not being allowed in summer camp -- as the Apollo 11 astronauts made their landing. When it happened and Armstrong said those famous words, we jumped up and cheered.

My, What Creativity with the English Language!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 6/25/14 (3:12pm)

Suggested alternatives to 'UICNursing' courtesy of YouTube (i.e. Google).

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Caption Needs Correcting

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 6/4/14 (12:28pm)

Daily Herald article on lowering administrative costs by consolidating suburban libraries. As one local library director explains why voters in Fox River Grove turned down a proposal to consolidate libraries:

"They didn't want to lose control of their local library."

Dueling Visions of our Tablet Future

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/26/14 (9:46am)

Casey Johnston:

"Few people try to or want to use tablets like laptops, save for when they feel like they have to justify the cost and get every last inch of mileage out of it."

Wired Gadget Lab Staff:

"I don’t want a laptop. I don’t want a tablet. I want a tablet-shaped laptop-looking thing with a snap-on keyboard and a kickstand and a 3:2 screen and an Intel Core processor and a stylus and it has to run full Windows. Bueno?"

(Discussion precipitated by Microsoft's recent release of the Surface Pro 3.)

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