Category Archives: reference services

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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DOA’s Reference Services Thoughts via Wayback Machine (2005)

I wrote this waaay back in 2005 in response to a call for what we needed to improve in the interest of the “future of reference services”. I edited out a few specific references to my library, but dang, I … 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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This will be me…

No sub today with two back to back programs for families (and no lunch time for us in sight) and tomorrow afternoon four hours with no sub and just ever punier from chemo me. Somewhere the library gods are laughing…

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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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It’s What’s Up Front That Counts

While thinking of a title for this post on reference questions, I came across this old ad. Ah, the 1960s, what rapscallions we were. I thought I’d take a look at what sort of questions I get during a typical … Continue reading

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Not Remotely Service

After a nice relaxing week off I’m looking at a busy weekend at work. Since I’m all by myself this Sunday (no sub could be found apparently) I am reminded of a conversation wherein librarians on the desk are being … Continue reading

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