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Reference Question of the Week – 7/26/15

   Posted on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 in Library, Reference Question | 6 Comments »

I think I’ve already done a question like this one before, but I don’t mind repeating it just because this tactic delights me. A patron called about an hour before closing on a Friday afternoon. He said, I want to know if you have a book on the steps used in the phonics method of […]


History In Job Titles

   Posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 in Library, Random | 2 Comments »

I was looking at some old Town of Chelmsford annual reports recently, to research the opening of one of the High School buildings in town. Just by chance, I came across a page that stood out to me (for obvious reasons): Chelmsford was a much more agricultural community in 1917, so it makes sense that […]


Reference Question of the Week – 7/12/15

   Posted on Saturday, July 18th, 2015 in Library, Reference Question | 5 Comments »

Here’s a question I may not have been able to answer successfully a few years ago – actually, luck had a lot to do with this success, because even for my community the answer would still be mixed. A patron emailed in to ask, Do you know who would have Lowell High School yearbooks available? […]


Reference Question of the Week – 7/5/15

   Posted on Saturday, July 11th, 2015 in Library, Personal, Random, Reference Question | 6 Comments »

This was actually a reference question I asked myself, but it’s sort of summery so maybe relevant to other people – and, hopefully, helpful. I was outside playing one day a few weeks ago and ended up with pine sap on my favorite pair of shorts. That’s the worst because I don’t like going shopping, […]


Cross-Branding the Library Symbol

   Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 in Library, Marketing, Random | 9 Comments »

My pre-library background is in marketing, so branding and logos and things are never far from my mind. Over the July 4th weekend, I took the opportunity to throw together some library versions of famous logos (that is, I was too lazy to get off the couch one day so this was a way to […]


Microsoft Clipart Surprise

   Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 in Random, Technology | 7 Comments »

Here’s a real turkey of an Easter Egg right before Independence Day: I was searching the Microsoft clipart gallery in Powerpoint because I needed a picture of a Teddy Bear for an event listing on our calendar. And skimming the results, the third one down on the left looked like it might be a good […]