Thursday, December 03, 2009

Reference Desk Liveblog

It's quieted down significantly in here tonight.

I read an interesting article about how Sarah Palin (or whoever wrote her autobiography) attributed a quote to John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, when it belonged to John Wooden Legs -- a Native American activist. Good stuff.

Just helped a student find a book with costumes and clothing from the Renaissance period. Interesting assignment.

Helped a nervous student find an e-book. He didn't think he had it in him to find it on his own...but he did. I then showed him how to find a couple of articles on topics he found in the book. Easy.

An unhappy faculty member disclosed that her students didn't want to write an in class assignment, using the (weak) argument that the class wasn't an English class. I can't imagine being that disinterested to complain to the professor in such a manner. What will happen when they graduate and can't communicate effectively? They will probably be hired by similar people who can't communicate well.


It bothers me to see able bodied people use the elevator. Walk people!

Just helped reset a Noodlebib password for a relieved student. Ah, with great power comes great adulation. Nothing would be worse than losing your works cited page minutes before a paper is due.


I haven't done one of these in a while. And it probably will be a slow one in here tonight. We've got the night before Reading Day, and all through the LITC, not a creature was stirring, certainly not a student.

OK, so that was lame.

But it's amazing how quickly the semester has flown by. The library has been very busy and we've set a record for number of one-shot instruction classes taught in a semester. Well, at least since I've been here.