January 20, 2005
Tales from the Frontlines
Law Library Directors have been sharing their strange but true tales from the Reference Desk on the lawlibdir listserv. Here's a sampling:
One of our students told us that he does'nt want to be trained in WESTLAW, as he intends to practice on the East coast...
We had a 1L student in the last year or so looking for the reporter that covered all of California, not just West California.
Prior to implementing a limited access policy, we had an unemployed gentlemen seek assistance from a reference librarian on several matters that appeared to be more for his entertainment than for a serious concern. My favorite was when he wanted the reference librarian to find the law that would require Chick-filet-A restaurants to be open on Sundays.
A man with two pagers and a cell phone hanging from his belt came into the library. He was looking for information on possession with intent to deliver.
One of my favorites (not asked of me, but one of our librarians) is the student who asked where the bicentennial digest was shelved.
"How many years can you get for statutory rape?"
"I want to sue my auto insurance company because they won't pay for someone else wrecking my car because I lent it to that person in exchange for drugs."
So this is what our bosses are doing while we work our fingers to the bone.
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