At the Ref Desk (5/8/16): Two 6 hour shifts two days in a row (Sat. & Sun.) Kinda tough. Looking forward to a free day tomorrow. [more...]

At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

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?

Start of the day and already the weirdest question (by phone): 'What's the phone number of The Library of Congress​?'

2nd-to-last day of the school year. Ciao, tutti! Ci vediamo!

Happy Finals Week!

Kinda noisy around there (one week till finals).

2 hours, 2 research consultations -- back to back. I think I need a drink.

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