Dispatches from People’s U.

As a public reference librarian, I am privy to the information desires and delusional ramblings of innumerable citizens. Following are several slices of library life from my workday today. Ideally this can be an ongoing post topic. {slice 1} I received this question while staffing our chat reference service: "What about the top 10 murders in the U.S" {/slice 1} {slice 2} Later, one of our regular patrons was standing by the reference desk, plying me mercilessly with his incessant jibber-jabber. Asking me about how to get free space for a web page, he told me "I've never asked someone about this before. I think I should have a web page because I'm writing a book. I have five words I want to use so far. One of them is 'goatmeat.'" Addendum: Later, after talking to a librarian from another department, I learned that this fellow is currently intent on writing some sort of dictionary, in which light his comment made slightly more sense. {/slice 2}

  1. I hope you relay more of these stories. I find them fascinating.

    September 11th, 2006 at 6:02 pm
  2. That’s just great, there goes my patent on “method of employing the word ‘goatmeat’ on a computer network device.” My business plan is ruined!

    September 11th, 2006 at 7:15 pm
  3. WOULD YOU BELIEVE….that goatmeat.com is already taken?

    I guess one can’t really write a dictionary on goatmeat alone.

    Lucky for him, goatmeatnmore.com is totally available!

    September 11th, 2006 at 8:25 pm
  4. SOOOOOOOO …. What about the top 10 murders in the U.S?”

    September 12th, 2006 at 10:37 pm

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