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It’s that time again…

I think I’ve hit burnout this week. It’s appropriate timing though, only two weeks (a week and a half?) until Spring Break, so I actually am rather impressed that I’ve managed to keep up on everything until now (well, on almost everything… everything that needed to be handed in, anyway), but last night was the first time that I didn’t hand in something on-time. I had a quasi-legitimate excuse (had some rather Big and Legitimately Important Social Events over the weekend), which I submitted with 1/2 of the weekly assignment, and I’ll get the other 1/2 done sometime today.  But yeah, I’ve kind of lost a bulk of my motivation. It’s a little frustrating, but I suppose it’s understandable.

The drawbacks of Fake Reference

So in Reference class we’re currently on the assignment of “pretend to be a user and ask four different reference services the same question on a topic of your choosing, and compare your experiences.”

Not only did I make the mistake of consulting one of the head reference librarians in the university (although he did give a presentation in one class, I’m fairly sure, or at least hoping, that he didn’t recognize me… not to mention if you’re one of the department heads, of COURSE you’re going to give me the ideal Reference experience and I’ll have nothing to write about), I just HAD to go pick something I was really interested in, didn’t I? I’m collecting all of these call numbers and journal references and Medieval encyclopedias and I’m about to run into the stacks to get them and I have to remember that I am not actually doing a paper on Vikings in North America. *Facepalm*

Fail.

So I’ve been tracking some books on my WorldCat.org lists (by the way, is anyone else irritated by the fact it NEVER remembers your login for more than an hour or so, if that?), and one of them I had checked the stacks for last week but it wasn’t there, despite not being checked out or on hold. Okay, I figure, it’s on a cart somewhere, no big deal. I go back and check again last night after class, still not there. So I’m going to be a good user and go report it missing. Go down to the circ desk. Tell the guy I would like to report a book missing. Some other guy who’s also in the MLIS program is also behind the desk off to the side, shouts over and says “Don’t help her, she’s a library student!” to which I mock sneer (as anyone would), and thus have been outed as a MLIS student. Meanwhile, the guy has looked up the information for the book I’m missing.

“Says it’s in the stacks. It’s on the other campus. Would you like it shipped here?”

*facepalm*

Because I apparently can’t read the name of the library that the call number is listed under. And I’m going to be a bloody librarian. Faaaaaaaaantastic…