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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?

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?

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  1. reddeadcoquette reblogged this from hoskie and added:
    In our system we use just the first 3 letters of the last and first names of the patrons, but we also shelve spine down....
  2. hoskie reblogged this from theuncensoredbookaneer and added:
    Our holds are shelved with the name slip in the bottom of the book, facing the back cover, and with the spine down...
  3. theuncensoredbookaneer reblogged this from librarianpirate and added:
    Our holds (at HQ at least) are filed by last name and kept behind the circulation desk, though most of them can’t be...
  4. fileunderjd answered: my library does it by last name, first name initial. i never really thought about privacy. it’s not like people are going to know who i am.
  5. billba answered: Obviously Dewey will snark until the heat death of the universe, but all he’s really doing is communicating policy.
  6. isopod answered: My library does first two letters of last name, first initial, then last 4 digits of your card number.
  7. babiesgettingrabies reblogged this from librarianpirate and added:
    Something like that happened at my public library somewhat recently. It caused a policy change and now holds are behind...
  8. librarianpirate reblogged this from ellpea and added:
    I accidentally posted this on my reblogging to remember blog first but now it’s on the two blogs that it applies to!
  9. alpha-lima-lima-papa answered: my public library puts a white sheet of paper around the entire cover/spine of the book and labels it with your name.
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