Reviews and Blog Posts: Reference

"Black Man" - Who is Stevie Singing About?

Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life

I was listening to Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life on our new record player recently and the track "Black Man" came on.  I have to admit that I didn't really know this one but it's great, just like the entire album is great.  

World Cup Drama - All those injuries!!

Neymar World Cup injury

Watching a lot of World Cup games has been and will continue to be a lot of fun and exciting... and entertaining.  I've heard a few groans about how there's way too much drama and bodies flopping all over the field.  It doesn't bother me too much and it certainly doesn't make me NOT want to watch as much as I can.  

Steve Jobs patented a staircase?

Steve Jobs Staircase Patent

Steve Jobs means Apple Computers basically. Think AppleII, Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac, MacBook, iPod, iPad, iPhone.

Dr. Dre needs a Doctor!

Dr Dre I Need a Doctor

Is there a song written about your career?  Or someone in a position like yours?  Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson told mothers not to let their babies grow up to be cowboys (they should be doctors and lawyers and such)... and Smokey Robinson crooned that there's nothing much sadder than the tears of a clown.  

Below are some lyrics to a few songs that mention various occupations in the title or lyrics.  Can you name some others?    

Statistically speaking, you may or may not know jack!

Mt Elbert

Did you know that Florida has the lowest highest elevation point of the fifty states? It's Britton Hill at 345 feet above sea level. And Colorado has the highest lowest point - Arikaree River at 3,315 feet above sea level. See for yourself.

I thought I saw a UFO! I did! I did see a UFO!

The disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight brings back memories of being fascinated (and frightened) by paranormal phenomena like the Bermuda Triangle.

In Short: Big Ideas Made Pocket-Sized

Relativity: A Very Short Introduction

As a reference librarian, I'm often asked to recommend the quintessential book on a topic I don't know much about, a book that gives the general reader the broad outlines of a field in a compact, accessible format. Somewhere between a Wikipedia article and a shelf full of specialized tomes is the elusive "just right" kind of book.

Oxford University Press identified this need and launched a wonderful series called Very Short Introductions (VSI). Andrea Keegan, the series editor, told The Bookseller: "The books are not primers or surveys, but sophisticated 'takes' on a topic, and we allow the authors to express a point of view, while giving readers a really good way into a subject they may never have encountered before." Noted authorities in each field are commissioned to write an overview of no more than 200 pages.

Uke Can Play the Melody

YouTube is full of Ukulele Girls (and Guys) today, but where would they be without the original "Ukulele Lady?"

May Singhi Breen (1895-1970) was a ukulele performer and teacher who helped popularize the Hawaiian instrument in the '20s and '30s. After receiving an unwanted ukulele as a gift, she tried to exchange it for a bathrobe. When the store wouldn't take it back, she decided to learn to play it instead.

Reference Services Now On Level 3 at Central

New Reference Room

On Tuesday, December 21, the Central Library will have a new home for Reference Services.

Ever since the new Michael Graves-designed Central Library opened in 1995, the Reference Services department has been located on Level 1. Today that changed with the grand opening of the new Reference Room on Level 3.

The new space features more natural light, and a better system of shelving to house the impressive collection of reference materials. A new desk will greet customers as they enter the space, and reference librarians will staff the desk to handle questions and collection inquiries for all of our Reference Services collections.

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