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Sadly, my home library has not changed its policy about new books :-( Since I won't be in the library on December 21, I didn't even bother browsing.

 

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  • Michael Stephens PRO 8y

    :-(
  • lee leblanc 8y

    geez.
  • Michael Sauers PRO 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Library Signage, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Rachel Singer Gordon PRO 8y

    I never even stop by that display, it just makes me mad...
  • Michael Stephens PRO 8y

    Rachel - that might be what a lot of patrons think!
  • Cat 7y

    Wait - you mean they put the books in a case and tell you to reserve them for later? No one can even read them now? Is that really what is happening? What the heck?
  • The Shifted Librarian 7y

    Sadly, they're not even in a case. They're right there on open shelves. You can actually hold the books, but you can't check them out. You can even take them up to the circulation desk, where you'll be told you can't check them out. It totally sets up the staff to refuse service to patrons.

    Sigh.
  • Michael Stephens PRO 7y

    I actually thought they were in a case too... out in the open does make it worse. This would be a perfect group discussion question in class.

    I agree: Sigh.
  • Phoebe 7y

    I have been in the library profession for 17 years and never seen anything like this!
  • Michael Stephens PRO 7y

    This astounds me Phoebe... I need to take a class there on a field trip and then discuss the creation of user-centered policies!
  • The Shifted Librarian 7y

    Interesting idea, Michael. In all fairness, they think this *is* a user-centered policy, which it could be for someone who can come to the library every week and who doesn't mind waiting for something that is already sitting on the shelf. I think they honestly have no idea what it's like for patrons like me who don't or can't physically walk in the building twice for one book.

    I'm guessing that on some level, even if its subconscious, they think they're favoring the people who use them the most, maybe even believing these are their greatest supporters. But as the recent OCLC report shows, that would be a mistaken assumption. And if they truly thought this was a good policy, it would apply across the board to every new title (DVDs, YA, children's books, etc.). I still don't understand how they can justify this for one class of items. :-(
  • Edward Vielmetti 7y

    So sad. It's the opposite of the experience I have in Ann Arbor, where new books are added to the catalog when they are acquired but before they hit the shelves, and with a little bit of easily coached feed reading you can get e.g. a steady stream of new knitting books and be near the front of the line for each.
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