At the Ref Desk (5/12/20): We have entered the Age of Lookups. [more...]
Subscribe to RSS - Chicago

Chicago

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.

Location: 
Institution: 

Alas No ALA 2020

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 3/25/20 (2:03pm)

The news came out on Tuesday (3/24/2020): No ALA in Chicago this year :-(

Already for a couple of days, I was wondering if maybe the organizers were taking a chance: you know, maybe things would clear up by June. Apparently not. Below is the official announcement sent to members already registered for the event. There's always next year, I guess.

Location: 
Institution: 

Snack time at the RefDesk

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/25/20 (6:54pm)

People at work were kind enough to bring in some munchies.

Topic: 
Location: 
Institution: 

ALA Annual 2020 in Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/25/20 (9:13pm)

Yahoo! The ALA Annual Conference is coming back to Chicago! Me? I'm already registered.

Update (3/25/2020): Bummer, ALA Conference for 2020 cancelled! More here...

Location: 
Institution: 

Interview with WGN-TV

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/6/19 (10:36pm)

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019 was an important day -- or rather important evening. It was when WGN-TV broadcast the interview with me [link here] produced by the excellent reporter, Erik Runge. The actual interview took place a few days earlier at the DePaul Library.

The topic was my experience in West Berlin both before and after the Wall came down. The segment also included other witnesses both here and in Berlin. The fact that the reporter included so many other photos of me -- from my days in Paris to a shot of me in lederhosen at 4 years old holding on to Mayor Daley -- made the whole thing seem so much like a personal biography.

That said, I truly appreciate how the reporter let me have the last word. For so long the east side of Berlin was a symbol of oppression while the west side observed tolerance and liberty. It truly was a triumph of democracy -- something I shall never forget.

Update: Erik Runge and the good people at WGN-TV aired a follow-up segment on Thursday evening. The title was, "Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall Still Ring True, 30 Years Later" [link here]. As the title suggests, the piece looks at the lessons from this period together with what people born afterwards think about it. My own comment which they include was to agree that lessons were drawn but that people can forget them -- if only (one hopes) temporarily.

Location: 
Institution: 

First Saturday of the New School Year 2019

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/14/19 (6:35pm)

1st Saturday of the school year with colleague Jim from the West Desk. Note: folder was carrying all the articles I've been going through for a research project.

Location: 
Institution: 

Class List from My 2nd Year in College

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/16/19 (10:10pm)

Spring Quarter (from an old letter):

  1. Shakespeare
  2. Latin 102
  3. Populism & Progressivism in America
  4. French Literature 201
Location: 
Institution: 

Thank-You Present

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 10/10/18 (11:16pm)

Thank-you present from student after doing a research consultation. #RefDesk

Topic: 
Location: 
Institution: 

First Saturday of the Year

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/8/18 (10:48pm)

First Saturday of the school year -- with Jim from Access Services!

Location: 
Institution: 

Pages