11th April 2013
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This week’s Unshelved has been annoying the snot out of me. The plot up till now: A Woman put a book on hold called “30 days to a better husband” or something like that. Her husband comes in to pick up his holds, sees her holds shelved next to his (I’m assuming in this library holds are filed alphabetically) and Dewey (the librarian’s) attitude is basically “sucks to be you!” He kinda flippantly throws off a solution (which is a good solution but not the way he presents it!) and I just want to shake him and remind him to help the patron! The lack of patron privacy in the way they do holds has caused a serious rift in her marriage! She has every reason to want to look for a better way to do holds. In my library your holds are filed under the last 4 digits of your library card number for privacy reasons but anyone who wishes to can change that if they want to. An old library I worked at had them under your phone number (not as private but at least nobody would know at a glance whose hold is whose).
So anyway - I know Dewey is in a comic strip and therefore a caricature but was anyone else annoyed with this strip? Also how do y’all deal with holds? Does anyone have a more private way?