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Nice Fall Day (2020)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 10/13/20 (10:20pm)

Nice fall day. Leaves in bloom(?). Roscoe walking north on Sheridan (Chicago).

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Hey, That's Me in That Rock Video from the 1980s!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 9/15/20 (12:06am)

I probably knew about this at the time (1987) and just plain forgot but yes, that’s me on the left. It's a brief appearance in the 'official music video' by well-known rock band 'Faith No More' in their tune, Anne's Song. I happened to know Anne and hung out with her and a whole bunch of other very interesting people during my one-year stay in NYC*.

Here's some background info from the FaithNoMore website: Faith No More released their second single Anne's Song 30 Years Ago!.

Here’s the YouTube video: "Faith No More - Anne's Song (Official Music Video)". (I appear at around 1:50.)
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* For the record, I returned to Berlin at the end of the year, staying there till Reunification in 1990 -- at which point, I returned to Manhattan for more than a decade.

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1st Reference Session of the School Year

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 9/9/20 (10:47pm)

First reference session (chat) of the school year! [Note: public access to library not yet possible. Everything done remotely from home.]

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After Reference, Take a Dip!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 8/26/20 (7:51pm)

Things to do immediately after your library shift (chat reference in my case): Hit the beach!

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Current Cites for July 2020 (Final)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/1/20 (3:08am)

go to Current Cites
Current Cites for July 2020 is out! You can find the issue here...

The issue is noteworthy for a couple of reasons: first that well-known library star Roy Tennant was ending his decade-long record as editor. My contribution was the featuring of two articles, one a snapshot of life as librarians in this age of COVID-19 and the other an interesting review of information literacy from the 1970s till now.

In addition, I'll be joining Roy in concluding my decade-long contribution. More and more my interests and activities are in library reference. Less tech and more public service -- that's the ticket! So bye-bye Current Cites! It's been a good -- very good -- run!

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Darn! Binny's Closed!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 6/1/20 (11:47am)

Binny's Closed! Now what?

Update (6/3/2020): "Binny’s Pledges to Reopen 11 Damaged Stores" (Sun-Times)

Update (6/11/2020): Yup, got drinks for the weekend!

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Today's Hike

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 5/28/20 (7:37pm)

Some beautiful shots from today's hike downtown to State & Roosevelt. (Actually the last one was when I got back home -- resting up & munching on a sandwich).

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The Value of Library Reference : You Decide

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/28/20 (5:51pm)

It’s 8:30pm on a Tuesday evening. Student contacts Reference Desk saying he/she is looking for ‘research’ articles on effects of poverty on success in education. Instructor wants list of articles from student by class tomorrow.

Student Worker Solution:

  1. Sends link to Research Guide for Education
  2. Says ‘good evening’.

Reference Librarian Solution:

  1. Explains that there are several databases -- some focused on education, some focused on social science
  2. Steps through how to access these databases by pointing to library’s home page and link to ‘Research Guides’ -- where databases are arranged by subject
  3. In background does quickie search through standard databases, sizing up the lay of the land and then recommends to student strategies/pathways that appear most promising
  4. And oh yeah: Explains how to identify ‘research’ articles through a number of characteristics
  5. Says ‘good evening’.

Observation : Both responses did in fact answer the student’s question. So what’s the diff?

Today's Story : Burger on Bench

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 4/3/20 (6:04pm)

Out on the green with a number from 5 Guys.

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Our Current Predicament (Academic Library Edition)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 4/2/20 (9:55am)

Digitization in an Emergency: Fair Use/Fair Dealing and How Libraries Are Adapting to the Pandemic (Ryan Clough, ARL Blog):

“Like every other major institution operating during the coronavirus pandemic, research libraries are confronting sudden and radical shifts in their daily realities. Foremost among these challenges is the near-total loss of access to paper books and other physical library holdings. As of today, nearly every ARL member in the United States and Canada has closed its brick-and-mortar facilities and discontinued or severely limited access to print collections.... This emergency is truly unprecedented in modern times, even during times of war.”

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