At the Ref Desk (9/13/14): Funny discussion of the day: topic was getting copies of newspaper articles from the 1980s. Microfilm and microfiche were mentioned as possible formats. Student: "What's microfiche?". [more...]

At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

Hmm, Treasure Hunt going on at the library; groups of 10-12 year olds (with escorts, thank God), trying to figure out who the library was named after.

Well, that's nice: someone wrote in to complement me on service I had given them at reference. Of course for us, it's fun, fun, fun (and yes the gangnam style video will be coming out shortly).

AMA Manual of Style (10th ed.): AUTHORS: [...] In listed references, the names of all authors should be given unless there are more than 6, in which case the names of the first 3 authors are used, followed by 'et al.' (p. 44) -- Kind of peculiar if you ask me.

Hey, remember QR Codes? Me neither.

First shift of the year!

Last shift of the year!

Last Saturday of the year!

Beginning of Finals Week. Full house in the computer lab. Lots of traffic.

First day back in more than a week. Next week is finals so all the workstations on full.

Student came over saying he felt sorry for librarians like me because of research questions from students like him. What research question, I asked. He proceeded to tell me whereupon we went through a couple of databases and found a bunch of useful articles. "You feel sorry for me", I remarked. "I feel way more sorry for you -- since you're the one that's going to have to read all those things." The commiseration was mutual though frankly I think I've got the better deal.