Trust Me, I’m A Touro Librarian

trust meDon’t worry.  I’m not trying to get all up in your business, but I’ll have to ask you some probing questions.  You may find it a bit off-putting.  You may even be a little offended.  Perhaps you haven’t done this with anyone before.  There is a first time for everything, and darling, your time is now.  I will take care of you.  You have no reason to fear. Continue reading

Even More Frequently Asked Questions: The Rest of the Story

“Question Mark” by Karen Eliot via Flickr

According to Wikipedia, the question and answer format for information dissemination has been around for centuries; the acronym, FAQ, not so long.  (I call it F-A-Q. You can call it what you like.  I don’t judge.) Continue reading

Stumpers: The Reference Librarian’s Worst Nightmare

Carnac the Magnificent
“Carnac the Magnificent” via Wikipedia

When I was a child I was my father’s accomplice in crime. (That’s a lie.)  When I was young, I was my father’s assistant in a magic act.  (That’s an overstatement.  Here’s the truth.)  Years ago, I was my father’s foil in a math trick he perpetrated on the neighborhood children. In this trick he made the kids select a three digit number (say 723), inverse it (327), then subtract it from the original.  The trick is that the remainder would be a three digit number whose middle number is nine, and the first and third numbers when added together always equal nine.  (Try it!) Why am I telling you this?  You’ll see. Continue reading