or, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fear and Loathing at a Public Library Reference Desk

Search Results for

Reference Question of the Week – 4/9/17

   Posted on Friday, April 14th, 2017 in Library, Personal, Random, Reference Question | 3 Comments »

While I was sitting at the desk one day this week, an older gentleman patron walked up and said, Brian, can I ask you a question? It’s kind of personal. Whoa-boy, I can only imagine where this is going. But of course I said sure. Where do you get your hair cut? Okay, now we’re […]


This One Weird Trick Will Increase Library Program Attendance!

   Posted on Friday, March 17th, 2017 in Library, Marketing, Random | 9 Comments »

One of the things I truly hate, hate, is clickbait. I find myself specifically not clicking on things that sound clickbaity, just because I feel insulted by something thinking I can be manipulated. (That’ll teach ’em.) Especially though when it is totally unnecessary. A recent Lifehacker article entitled “This Secret Trick Will Save You From […]


Reference Question of the Week – 3/5/17

   Posted on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 in Library, Random, Reference Question | 4 Comments »

I’m at work on a Saturday covering our “Info Desk,” which is kind of like a mini-Reference Desk right inside the front door. During my lunch today, one of my coworkers from the real Reference Desk relayed an interesting interaction she had this morning: A guy came up and said he was locked out of […]


Whose (First) Line Is It book display

   Posted on Monday, March 6th, 2017 in Books, Library, Marketing | 3 Comments »

Our new YA librarian is redefining the teen area in the library. In the course of listening to her plans though, I remembered a display our previous YA librarian had done that I thought was pretty neat. It looks odd, but she covered popular books with a blank sheet printed with the first line of […]


The World Still Is A Good Place

   Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 in Books, Library, Random | 3 Comments »

Last week, someone called the library asking if they could return a book by mail. Of course, we said, that’s no problem. This week, a package arrived with this inside: How awesome is that? I have no idea if American Airlines, or airlines in general, make this a general practice, or if this Flight Attendant […]


Display Idea: What Your Neighbor Is Reading

   Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2017 in Books, Library, Marketing | Comments Off on Display Idea: What Your Neighbor Is Reading

A reader of this blog, from the Wayne County Public Library, sent in a pretty awesome display idea that I wanted to share: At Wayne County Public Library we have a display by the checkout counter called “What Your Neighbor is Reading.” We just place items recently turned in on a cart with a “What […]