Behind the Reference Center

I used to work here. (Taken with Instagram at Yale University – Sterling Memorial Library)


Atlas of New Librarianship (Taken with instagram)

The Revolution Isn’t Just Digital

“The digital revolution in libraries is not exactly a secret. Every day we read about some upheaval in the ebook industry, a new development in digitization, or yet another service from Google. And the recent announcement of an ALA-wide initiative on digital content and libraries, while important and necessary, won’t exactly make media headlines.

It is natural enough to focus on digital content, whiz-bang technology, and how libraries should provide innovative services for our communities. Yet there is more going on than meets the digital eye.” via American Libraries  & iLibrarian

This our water cooler talk at work this week.  

Tea Break



From the desk of Caro Pinto, Birthday Edition

My colleagues get me.

Field Trip!

Book Arts Friday


The Ubiquitous Librarian – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Desk Shot

New Rig!

In addition to being psyched about sitting at the InfoBar, IT deployed my new computer to me today!

Life is better with two screens. Seriously, I don’t know how I just worked with just one!

Once the dust of the new semester settles, I am putting in a work order for facilities to help me put up some framed stuff on my wall. I lack the expertise to put in concrete nails myself.

I’d say my office is coming together nicely.

It’s the InfoBar!

View from the InfoBar.

Hey, internetz, as you may recall from past posts about my job(s), I love working on reference desks. Between the people watching, random questions, and the opportunity to develop relationships with students and faculty, it’s a pretty fantastic way to spend a chunk of my week.

Here at Hampshire, we have an experimental reference desk called the InfoBar. It’s a consolidated service point for the library, media services, and IT. The bar sites right at the library entrance; we’re the first folks you see when you walk through the door. Did I mention we have bar stools and pens?

I am a fan.

This is my first shift and I’ve already helped folks with basic directions (hey, we want students to feel comfortable and welcome so they will come back and ask for help with their projects) and some more complicated technology questions about Hampshire’s courseware system, Moodle. I imagine I will get some heavier reference questions once the dust settles from the first week of school and students begin to get into their reading and various projects.

Image Break!

“Oh heyy, I’m a man-chicken, I part the waters with my man hands and dance on the grass with my chicken feet.”


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