Academic Law Librarians: What do you do at the ref desk in between patron questions? It's hard to do anything major because there are often interruptions. And I don't want to look so busy that people are afraid to interrupt. Plus it's not my office computer though if I remember I can save stuff to my network drive. Some of the things I do: catch up on professional reading; go through catalogs for our Collection Development committee meetings. When I'm on the night shift and too tired to do much I admit I sometimes play semi-intellectual games like Travel IQ Challenge
, Free Rice
or United States Explorer
- or even work through some CALI
lessons to refresh my memory. My boss says in library school he was taught that when at the ref desk you should gaze off into the middle distance yet look receptive to patron questions.
Anybody else have favorite activities at the ref desk?
Or things you WON'T do - or have been told not to do -at the ref desk?