Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Reference Questions

An NYT Article about Roderick Hills. (Patron had the citation.) Also, other articles from the WSJ from 1975 about Roderick Hills.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Reference Questions:

An application and application instructions for Deal or No Deal.
Location of closest CT Works office.
Address and CEO of HP.
Tax forms!
Phone number for Social Services in Stamford.
Do we have "The Secret" on DVD or book? (Yes, and you have to wait.)
Does the actress Debra McIntyre have a show on TV right now? (Patron meant Reba McEntire.)

"She doesn't have many clothes on."

Monday, February 26, 2007

Reference Questions of the past weeks

Mailing address for Tile Magazine.
What I am looking for you can't take out.
A list of pleadings or court hearings for Fairfield County, including divorce, foreclosure, bankruptcies. Something on a weekly basis.
How many (Toyota) Lexus RX Series were sold in the US? Latest possible data.
Looking for Grifith's Evaluation of London.
Directories for property management firms.
A few middle school students and their projects: radar, touch screen technology.
How do I get a green card?

Friday, February 23, 2007

Milestones in Library Land

Sometimes I feel very inspired to blog, but then I get home and watch Lost on DVD and get, well lost.
But today, my director of public services inspired me to maintain a log of the important events that happen in Library Land.

Today, it was the B word. Bitch. I am sure I have been called a number of bad things out of earshot, in people's thoughts, in foreign languages, etc. Until today, nothing to my face. I was helping a gentlemen through applying for a job online. I continually struggle with explaining technology and computers to people who have a basic skill set. I try and listen to what they are saying, watch what they are doing, and work from there. I was listening to the man explain what he wanted to do, and as I was answering his question, the patron next to us said, "Well, you have to this, and this and this and then..."

I cut him off. "Thank you for your input, I think I can take it from here," I said. (Or something like that. And patron input happens all the time. Sometimes it is great (language translation) and sometimes, it gets in the way.) So, the next thing I hear is bitch, just softly under the breath, but loud of enough. I ask, "Excuse, me? What did you just say?" (I know, I sound like my mother.) He tells me he was talking to himself, and I comment that it is inappropriate nonetheless. I continued my interaction with the patron, but was plagued by technical difficulties from our reservation system.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Reference Questions: two hours in the morning.

How do you spell irrelevant?
Do you have Heads of families at the first census of the United States taken in the year 1790 : New York? What census data do you have?
Is there a community calender?
Are you offering tax services for immigrants?
Do you subscribe to the Commercial Record electronically?
Do you have a three hole bunch?

Monday, February 5, 2007

Reference Desk: afternoon

Can you connect to MySpace?
Do you have nonresident CT tax forms?
I have a citation for a New York Times article, but I can't find it in the newspaper.
Do you have any LPN study books?
NADA or KBB Value for a 1990 Volvo GL 740 with 140k miles.