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National Bookmobile Day is April 12!

Excited that April 12 in NJ will be 71 degrees and dry (knock on wood) this year! Can’t wait to take this sweet little nameless bookbike out for a ride.

Is it also a coincidence that April 12 is Big Wind Day? I’ll have to wear pants. And bring a grilled cheese sammie to celebrate that holiday, too.

P.S. ALA has some free resources to help promote the day.

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It’s ok to ask for help

10396270_10152099290792711_2599338314054000022_nOverheard a couple arguing this week in front of me. The guy was saying that they could just use Google and didn’t need to swing by the Reference Desk; the woman disagreed. I told him that it’s true if you’re looking up a phone number or some basic information. If he’s doing research, I reminded him that anyone can publish something online and that my job is to help evaluate the good from the BS.

The man signed onto a computer to search while the woman let me look up information on a medical procedure. Guess who found reliable, relevant information while someone else was still browsing around the .coms?

Yes, accessibility to information has become more widespread, and yes, we’re in a do-it-yourself culture. But at what point will this attitude start to dismantle our ability to form a community?