At the Ref Desk (8/13/16): Sorry, it doesn't matter whether you have a student i.d. or not, you can't 'rent' a book. (Psss. it's 'borrow'). [more...]

At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

Finals Week and St. Patty's Weekend. What a combination!

Citation-city this evening. (As in, 'how do you cite this...?)

How do I know we're getting close to finals? The ton of people coming into the library this evening.

WebDev: It all comes down to CSS (and the hackery one uses to indulge the client).

Night of a 100 Look-ups.

Nothing like starting the year off with a whole class of students from the local high school, all looking for books and magazine articles for an assignment due on Monday.

Last shift of the year. 2015 -- we hardly knew ya.

Student: Do you have a refrigerator to store our drinks?
Me: Sorry, no.

Student: Are these databases like the ones in high school?
Me: How long have you been here?
Student: A week.
Me: Well, yes the databases are similar -- only we have a whole bunch more and we focus a bit more on the details -- so you can find the things you need.
I then showed her how to plow through a pile of search results and identify promising articles which she could send to herself and read later.

Best Question: Hi, I'm from OH. We're coming from Mich - trying to figure out how to get back home. Got a map?

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