Category Archives: reference questions

From The Archives: It’s What’s Up Front That Counts

I like to look at my “Popular Posts” list at the bottom of the blog side bar to see if any recent posts are being read.  Often, things from way back will crop up the list instead.  All it really … Continue reading

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Ask D.O.A.: Name That Title

So a middle grade boy comes in with his mom at the end of the night and he wants a book he read before “about a kid who plays baseball and there is lots of rain.”    There’s a toughie. I … Continue reading

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So, what’s the most interesting question you’ve ever had?

We get students of some ilk or other in periodically with a list of questions about the Mysteries of the Library.  Where is the card catalog (scratch paper gone long ago). What do you like about working in the library … Continue reading

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Tantalizing Song Fragment

You may know that I have dabbled in scrapbooking for a few years now.  I confess I spend a bit more time treasure hunting for interesting page embellishments than I do composing actual pages.  One of the things I love … Continue reading

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On the Desk with the Insulted by Your Bad Behavior Librarian

Click to Enlarge! In the coming year, be nice to your neighborhood librarian. They are potentially able to help you with just about any question you have. Rare indeed! On the Desk: Thou Shalt Not: Yank on the door we’re … Continue reading

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Today’s Answer

Although the day is only partially over, “Where are the books I put on request?” is the top question of the day, and for whatever reason, most people who ask today don’t actually have anything here.

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Closed Stacks: Just because you want it doesn’t mean it exists

A few weeks ago I wrote about the many types of questions we get on a typical day. One type of question that stands out is the question that hasn’t got an answer. Not the sort of answer the person … Continue reading

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