The Truth About Reference Librarians
Most historians agree that full scale library reference services first appeared in the ancient Sumerian city of Uruk at the turn of the third millennium B.C. During a dig at the site of Uruk, archaeologists discovered the Royal Library, home to the first reference desk. Chief archaeologist Helmut Flapmeyer was able to determine the answer to a burning question in librarianship: What was the first reference question ever asked? (The answer: "Wheres the bathroom?") Super library sleuths Will Manley and Richard Lee once again dig through the remnants of the professions dusty past to uncover the truth about reference librarians. Where did they come from? Should they really be cataloged under the subject heading "Illogical?" How do they eradicate such reference pests as Jerkus disgustis, Pervertus horribilis, and perhaps worst of all, Studentus moronis? With an intense and abiding sobriety, Manley answers these and other questions from libraryland.
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Review: The Truth About Reference LibrariansUser Review - earthy - Goodreads
Silly, with a bit of (sad) truth to it. Sort of a downer about the whole reference profession, though it's pretty accurate. Primarily focuses on public libraries. Would be curious to know what a burned out academic reference librarian's take on these issues would be. Read full review
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hilarious and so true Read full review
How Did Reference Services Get Started?
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